Halloween Appetizer

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Sweet Potatoes and Back Beans make a good Halloween culinary combination that can be used as an appetizer or side dish for lunch or dinner. This recipe was inspired by a “slider” recipe in Clean Eating Magazine, but there is no meat in this dish, just delicious sweet potatoes and hearty black beans.


Utensils: Cookie sheet, cutting board and knife, spatula, serving dish,
parchment paper (optional)
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: About 20 min. with cooked black beans
Category: Vegan, Gluten Free, No sugar added


large, organic sweet potato (Look for a sweet potato that is somewhat uniform
in its thickness.)
cooked black beans*, well-drained
sliced leek
oil (optional)
cheese or vegan cheese (optional)
hot pepper flakes cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While oven is heating, scrub and slice one large sweet potato into 1/2″ thick rounds, trimming off the pointed ends first an (Use these ends in soup stock or stew.)
  3. Place sweet potato circles on a lightly oiled cookie sheet or on parchment paper without oil.
  4. Place in heated oven and allow to bake about 10-15 minutes, turning over once. Bake until you can piece with a fork, but the slices should still be firm, not mushy.
  5. While sweet potatoes are baking, peel and slice 1/2 of an avocado into slivers that will fit onto your sweet potato circles. (Maybe cut each avocado slice in half.)
  6. Remove cookie sheet and add a slice of leek, then one slice of avocado on each potato circle. Next, add cooked black beans (drained), maybe one tablespoon, depending on the size of your circles. Add hot pepper flakes or cayenne, if using. And if you are using cheese or vegan cheese, sprinkle some on top.
  7. Bake another 5-7 minutes, until cheese melts. (For crisper texture, you can broil for a couple of minutes, but keep watch that the circles and toppings don’t burn!)
  8. Place on a serving platter, add sprouts or place sprouts in center of platter, and serve warm.*If you are using canned black beans, be sure the cans are BPA free. You can also try tetra-packed beans in a paper carton; no BPA to worry about! See posting for Artichoke Salad to learn about tetra-packing. https://www.menupause.info/artichoke-black-bean-salad/.


Happy Halloween and Finally Fall

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017


I took this picture when my husband and I went for a walk one fall and spotted several lovely fall displays at a nearby florist shop. This one seems perfect for Halloween.


I took this photo on a fall trip to the Canadian border a few years ago, where the intensity of the fall red colors was like this one. Unfortunately, we have had a somewhat disappointing fall here on the East Coast, possibly as a result of the very cold weather last winter and also perhaps because of a dry spell earlier in the fall. I have just begun to see some beautiful trees here and maybe I will catch some color when I go to Providence, RI this week.

Enjoy the change of seasons & the trick or treating feeling in the air.