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
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A great, nutrition packed bite for any occasion!


  • 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


    Scrub and peel potatoes. Boil in a pot of water until tender.

Mash soft potatoes with a potato masher. Adding in butter and spices.

Lay 1 tortilla flat and spread 1/3 of the mashed potatoes evenly on top

Sprinkle 1/3 cup of black beans on top of potatoes

Lay a few leaves of spinach up the middle

Roll tortilla rightly and cut into 6 even slices

Repeat steps 3-6 with remaining 2 tortillas and ingredients

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g