This recipe makes for a nice, robust bowl of food you can feel good about eating. We often eat sweet potato and black bean burritos, but wanted to challenge ourselves to add some leafy greens we had from the West Seattle Farmer's Market. This is the result.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a pot; add barley. Reduce heat to low and cover the pot; cook until water is absorbed and barley is softened, about 20 minutes.

  • Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil and Cajun seasoning in a bowl; spread onto a baking sheet.

  • Roast sweet potatoes in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; flip and continue cooking until tender, about 10 minutes more.

  • Combine black beans and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and coconut milk thickens, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute kale until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes. Divide kale between 2 plates. Spoon barley over kale; top with black bean mixture and sweet potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

999 calories; protein 39.6g 79% DV; carbohydrates 153.6g 50% DV; fat 29.8g 46% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 1933.6mg 77% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2014
I made this recipe using what I had on-hand: kale barley supplemented by quinoa lite coconut milk black beans and sweet potatoes. It was good and filling if a little boring. I will try the recipe again and experiment with spices that might enliven this healthy dish. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2020
The proportions for barley are off (add 1/2 c barley for 1 1/14 c water or double both) and it is really bland. Add seasonings. In the future I will just make my own recipe for kale and for black beans and do this presentation. Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2014
I made this recipe using what I had on-hand: kale barley supplemented by quinoa lite coconut milk black beans and sweet potatoes. It was good and filling if a little boring. I will try the recipe again and experiment with spices that might enliven this healthy dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2014
We've had this twice now. It's quite tasty but it does need more spice - I double the cajun seasoning and add generous salt and pepper. The serving size is REALLY off though. This would easily feed 4 or 5 adults as a main course. I'm not sure who could eat this in 2 servings! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2015
Quite tasty and great choice for vegans. The recipe actually makes enough food for four healthy servings. With that in mind the nutritional values would be cut in half -- roughly 500 calories per serving and what one expects for a meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2015
This recipe definitely makes enough for 4 people. I did salt and pepper the kale as it cooked. I also added hot sauce to mine....perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2015
A great way to get a full days salt and carbs in one simple meal. Otherwise meeting half a days calories w/ one meal is quite efficient. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2016
Overall the dish was good but kind of plain. There were way too many potatoes for me so next time I will use 2 potatoes instead of 3 and twice the barley. The beans and kale need more zing so I will put in some additional spices. It definitely has potential! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2016
This was delicious! I didn't have the barley so I substituted millet and I can't take the heat of cajun seasoning so I used Nature's Seasons. I also did the chopped kale black beans coconut milk olive oil salt & pepper in the same sauce pan with a crushed garlic clove to save time. This is a quick easy versatile dish that makes for a pretty presentation and a flavor that even non-vegetarians will love. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2015
Excellent dish for a vegetarian change of pace. Tasted healthy but with lots of flavor. I'd like it better as a side dish instead of a main dish though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
LOVE IT! The only change I made was steaming the Kale 2-3 mins over the barley. A staple now - thank you Seattle Dad Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2020
The proportions for barley are off (add 1/2 c barley for 1 1/14 c water or double both) and it is really bland. Add seasonings. In the future I will just make my own recipe for kale and for black beans and do this presentation. Read More