Friday, July 30, 2010

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I've rediscovered my love of the humble spud.  I spent quite a while shying away from potato based meals.  I'm sure most of it was my misguided low carb years.  There is nothing wrong with a potato.  In fact they are quite good for you!  A sweet potato has only 180 calories-I'm sure that varies by size-but gives you over 700% of your RDA of Vitamin A!  Plus it has 7 grams of fiber-assuming you eat the skin, and you should, it's good for you.  It also packs a healthy dose of Vitamin C inside each tasty bite.  Last night I wanted a simple, yet filling meal, so I turned to my stash of sweet potatoes. 

I baked them at 400 degrees for about an hour until they were nice and soft.  Now, I like them plain, with just a little Earth Balance and sea salt but last night I wanted something a little more.  So I made a topping/stuffing for them.

1/2 red onion, diced
5 good sized mushrooms, diced
2 pieces of cooked bacon (you could use uncooked, I just happened to have two left over from breakfast that I'd already cooked)

Heat up a saute pan with some Earth Balance (or butter if you use it).  When it's nice and warm add the red onion to the pan and cook until softened.  Add the mushrooms in the pan next, when they're soft, add the cooked bacon.  A pinch of salt, to taste, if needed and let it cook together to get the flavors blended and the veggies softened.

Split each potato down the middle and add the topping.  Round out the meal with a nice green salad and you're ready to go.  A healthy, nutritious, and very filling meal featuring the humble sweet potato. 



    I can't wait to try this!!! P.S. Is Earth Balance better than butter?

  2. I don't know if it's better than butter-it tastes the same-but Paulo's on a dairy free diet so butter was eliminated from our diet. It's a great alternative for us.


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