Recipe: Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner, for both kids and adults alike! It’s also super flexible so you can add different things to the base recipe, Little Green Home favourites include crumbling in some feta or goats cheese or stirring in some flaked salmon to the avocado. Delicious!
It’s also a nutrient packed dinner, sweet potato is full of beta-carotene (Vitamin A), along with Vitamin C and the energy giving B vitamins. They also provide a good portion of dietary fibre, which is lacking in many modern diets. Including avocado with the sweet potato not only tastes great but the healthy fats in the avocado helps to increase the uptake of Vitamin A from the sweet potato. Avocadoes are also an excellent source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats, postassium, fibre, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Butter beans add some much needed protein to the meal that helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. They also contain plenty of dietary fibre that helps to balance your blood sugar after a meal, so are perfect for aiding with weight control in adults and helping to ensure there’s no crazy energy surges from your kiddies pre-bedtime (hopefully!)
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 large ripe avocado
2 spring onions
6 cherry tomatoes
½ head of broccoli
½ tin butter beans (in unsalted water)
Squeeze of lemon juice
Additional topping ideas:
Grilled chicken breasts
Sprinkle of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Smoked tofu cubes
Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce the skin with a fork.
Place whole in the oven at 180C for 1 hour.
About 15/20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are due to come out of the oven lightly steam the broccoli florets in a steamer for 5-10 minutes until they are cooked but still slightly crunchy.
Whilst the broccoli is steaming cut the avocado in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add in the chopped spring onion and butter beans and mash together so the mixture forms a lumpy consistency. Then add in the cherry tomatoes, broccoli and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Once the sweet potatoes are cooked remove from the oven and slice open down the centre. The avocado mixture can either be added to the centre or on the side. Add in any other toppings you like at this stage.