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I don’t know how your workplace is, but for me, we are always in the process of coordinating some sort of party/potluck- or at least that’s the way it feels. They’re nice because they break up the work day and give you something to look forward to, but I always feel like I am left with the anxiety of trying to figure out what to bring. Usually this is my own fault because I either wait until the last minute- or just plain forget.

This happened to me again just a few days ago. It was 6pm the day before the potluck and I still had no idea what I was bringing. I was not in the mood to be running to the store, so I took survey of my pantry. The result? Black bean & sweet potato pinwheels.


Pinwheels are a perfect pot-luck item. They’re just small, appetizer-like bites, so no one feels like that have to take a huge heaping, helping with portion control. Plus they stay good for a few days, so you can snack on them later in the day, send some home with co-workers, or take them for lunch yourself the next day. Also, bringing these allows you to be sure there will be a healthy option available- which may not always be the case!


Black Bean & Sweet Potato Pinwheels

Yield: 18 pinwheels


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp each: Onion Powder, Cumin, Garlic powder,
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 3 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach


  1. Scrub and peel potatoes. Boil in a pot of water until tender.
  2. Mash soft potatoes with a potato masher. Adding in butter and spices.
  3. Lay 1 tortilla flat and spread 1/3 of the mashed potatoes evenly on top
  4. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of black beans on top of potatoes
  5. Lay a few leaves of spinach up the middle
  6. Roll tortilla rightly and cut into 6 even slices
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 with remaining 2 tortillas and ingredients

Nutrition Information Per Pinwheel: 57 calories, 1.2g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 1.5g protein