Black Bean and Sweet Potato Curry

“Need a meatless Monday meal idea? This black bean and sweet potato curry is so delicious, you might just consider going meat free every meal. The “secret” ingredient – our Spice Society Curry Powder. SO flavorful!” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Curry

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 bowl


  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/2 Tbsp Curry Powder (we recommend Spice Society spices)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can coconut milk, shaken well
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, ginger and curry powder to the pan. Heat until onions are translucent or for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potato, black beans and coconut milk to the pan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the jalepeno, garlic, and tomatoes. Heat for approximately 2-3 more minutes, or until ingredients are heated through.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over a bed of brown rice, quinoa, or whole grain pasta.


Kitchen Essentials You Might Need for this Recipe: 

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Curry Powder available in store at our Mt. Pleasant, MI thePlate Boutique location!

Garject Lite from thePlate Boutique


GripEZ Handy Flat Grater from thePlate Boutique

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

“If you’re looking for a super easy, delicious, and fiber-rich dip to share with friends and family, this “cookie” dough recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for! Plus, its fun to surprise people with the secret ingredient – chickpeas!” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Chickpea "Cookie" Dough Dip


Chickpea “Cookie” Dough

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2-3 Tbsp Coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon, to taste (We use Spice Society's Roasted Cinnamon)


  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Blend until smooth. Add coconut milk as needed to get desired consistency.
  2. Place dough in a bowl. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Serve with your favorite sliced fruit and enjoy!

This recipe is an adaptation of the Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe found on Be sure to check out the original too! 

Kitchen essentials you may need for this recipe: 

Duralex Lys Clear Stackable Glass Bowls, set of 10 from thePlate Boutique


Roasted Cinnamon Spice Society


Roasted Cinnamon from Spice Society – available in store!

Spice Spoons, set of 6 from thePlate Boutique

Join Us for Taste of Health as We Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Are you ready for March yet? I know I am! But not just because March brings with it the beginning of spring, but because March also marks the start of National Nutrition Month.

As a dietitian, I really don’t need an excuse to talk about healthy eating, but it does serve as a nice reminder for the general public that nutrition matters. Designed as a nutrition education and information campaign to bring awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits, its a great time to refocus on taking care of yourself.

This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” and is meant to encourage people to adopt a eating and physical activity plan that focuses on consuming the right amount of calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise in to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

This year we’re particularly excited to be joining forces with the Dietitians of West Michigan for their Taste of Health event taking place March 11th from 4-7pm!

Taste of Health Event
Click on the image to download the event flyer!

Dietitians from across the Western Michigan district will be gathering together to show individuals just how fun eating well can be. It is also a great opportunity to see what a dietitian can do for you and your meal plan. So whether you love food, want to change the way you eat, or simply have a few questions you would like to have answered by some pretty phenomenal nutrition experts, this is the perfect time and venue for doing just that.

And of course, we’ll be there too! Showing off a few of our must-have kitchen gadgets, giving away prizes, and cheering on our colleagues as they do what they do best.

In addition to booths set up by local dietitians, you will also get the opportunity to participate in both a pre- and post-workout stretching demo and a live cooking demo! Gazelle Sports will also be there showcasing a few of their must-haves for maintaining or beginning an active lifestyle. And yes, it is possible even when the weather is dreadfully cold.

If you live in the West Michigan area, we hope you’ll join us. The event is FREE and is guaranteed to be a great time. We hope to see you there and be sure to let us know when you stop by! I’d personally love to meet you.

The event is taking place at The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2500 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids, MI.

Fun fact: March 11th is National RDN Day – a day where we celebrate the dietitian and their contributions to the health community. What a great reason to come on out and support them by attending this event!

For more information, please visit the Dietitians of West Michigan’s Facebook page.

Not in the area? There may be some fun events going on in your neighborhood too. Be sure to  check your local newspaper, radio station, or TV websites’ calendar of events for possible activities happening where you live. And if you know of something amazing going on, send it our way! We’d love to help spread the word.

Meet our Newest Nutrition Expert, Michelle Voss, RDN!

Eating your best isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be down right difficult; not to mention confusing, frustrating, and lonely. That’s why we think its essential to have a nutrition expert in your corner. Someone you can answer those tough nutrition questions you have, keep you accountable, and inspire you to have a little fun with your food. After all, eating well isn’t just about the nutrients. Its about the experience too.

At Around the Plate, we have an amazing team of dietitians who are ready to help you out. From answering your toughest food and nutrition related questions here on Around the Plate to meeting up with you one-on-one, our team of nutrition experts are here to make a difference for you and your family.

A few months ago, Sarah Schuetz, RDN joined our team. Sarah is not only our West Michigan Nutrition Expert, but the Store Director at thePlate Boutique in Grand Rapids, MI. Sarah wears many hats, but you’ll often find her sharing nutrition wisdom at in-store demos and cooking classes held at thePlate Boutique in Grand Rapids once month.

Today we’re excited to welcome another amazing dietitian to our team. Meet Michelle Voss, RDN, our new Central Michigan Nutrition Expert!

Michelle Voss

To help you get to know Michelle a bit better, we asked her a few questions.

What’s your signature dish? 

“My favorite thing to make is a homemade whole-wheat pizza topped with spinach and feta cheese.”

What 3 foods can always be found in your pantry? 

“I love oatmeal for breakfast and snacks so we always have it stocked, canned beans are quick and an easy way to add protein to a meal, and I keep a stash of dark chocolate on hand for those times when I need a treat. :)”

What’s your favorite foodie locale? 

“Fresh, local food is something I am passionate about, so my favorite foodie place would have to be the farmer’s market.”

If you only had one gadget in your kitchen, what would it be? 

“Definitely a sharp chef’s knife for chopping veggies!”

When you have the day off, how do you enjoy your time? 

“I try to keep active in my spare time by going to group exercise classes, running races with friends and going for walks. I also spend a lot of time looking for and trying new recipes found on Pinterest!

Who is your perfect client? 

“My perfect client would be someone who’s goal is to live a healthy lifestyle and who is willing to try new things.”

What excites you most about working at “thePlate”? 

“To quote Around the Plate’s motto, I’m most excited about helping others “live healthy” and “eat happy.”

Michelle is currently accepting new clients and would love to work with you! You can meet with Michelle in person at thePlate Boutique in downtown Mt. Pleasant or book an online meal planning session if you aren’t from the Central Michigan area. Sarah Scheutz, RDN can also see clients online.
To book your session, please contact us today for more information! And to learn more about Michelle, follow her on Twitter at @MichelleMarieRD.



Feisty Fiesta Quinoa Bowl

If you’re looking for a super filling and satisfying dish that only takes a few simple ingredients and steps to make, well this is your dish. I seriously could have eaten ALL of it… and I made a lot.” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Feisty Quinoa Bowl

Feisty Fiesta Quinoa Bowl

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: ~6 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can tomatoes with jalpenos, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro, to garnish


  1. Prepare the quinoa as instructed on the package.
  2. Mix in beans, tomatoes, and onion.
  3. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Stir again.
  4. Drizzle lime juice over mixture.
  5. Garnish with cilantro.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


Tip: Worried about BPA cans or additives? Check those can labels! Not all cans are created equal. :) A favorite line of ours? Eden Foods! Check 'em out here:

Kitchen gadgets you may need to make this dish: 

Chef’s Knife from thePlate Boutique


Chef'n EZ Squeeze Can Opener

Chef’n EZ Squeeze Can Opener (available in store) 


Microplane Herb Mill from thePlate Boutique