Sweet Potato & Bean Chili

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1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, fresh, seeded and diced
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder (OR ground chipotle chile)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 15-ounce can beans (red, black, kidney or any other), drained and rinsed
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (OR cilantro)

1. Heat oil in a large pan (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add chopped jalapeno pepper, cook for 1 minute. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, curry (OR chipotle) and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is almost tender,  for about 5-7 minutes.
2. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley (or cilantro).

I'd recommend it served over baked spaghetti squash, cooked pasta, rice, couscous, quinoa or any other grains, in a corn taco shell, inside of cooked half of an acorn squash or with a piece of corn bread.                        
Nutritional info per 1 cup: makes 4 servings
    * Calories: 202
    * Fat: 4g Carbs: 33g (fiber: 9g) Protein: 10g

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