Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stuffed Sweet Potato

This is the meal that I would eat every night if I lived alone.  I have been enjoying several variations of it for years, but have never posted about it here.  I feel like it is the only recipe that is truly my own and may be slightly weird-sounding to some.  When I have only a small sweet potato on hand, it makes the perfect side dish to chicken or pork.  But when I have those big guys laying around, I go to town and make a full meal out of it.  In the photo below, I paired it with a kale and barley salad.

The bf isn't a huge fan of sweet potatoes or Greek yogurt.  So I made him a similar version with a regular russet potato and ricotta instead of the yogurt.  He was a big fan.  And I got a better picture of his plate :)

So here is my secret stuffed sweet potato recipe:

1 large sweet potato
1 cup of frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage nonfat)
2 tbsp soy sauce
garlic powder
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper

Make a cut through the middle of the sweet potato and microwave for about 6-9 minutes depending on the size - until it is nice and soft. While microwaving the potato, cook the onions in a hot skillet with cooking spray.  Let them get nice and golden, then add in the spinach, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Continue cooking until brown and flavorful, add a tablespoon or splash of soy sauce and a little water or chicken stock at the end and stir until absorbed.  Take the sweet potato and season with some salt, and mash it up a bit with a fork.  Pour the other tablespoon of soy sauce right onto the potato, then top with the Greek yogurt, then pile on the spinach and onion mixture.


Anyone else have weird recipe combinations that just work?

What is your favorite, easy weeknight meal when you are cooking for 1?

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