By now, we know that the key to eating healthy on those days when we’re short on time (and patience) is having an arsenal of recipes that are simple to whip up, eat up, and clean up. And though sandwiches are sure winners, there’s a new favorite in town: stuffed sweet potatoes. All you need to do is pop them in the microwave (or roast them), stuff ’em with ingredients, and attempt to eat politely. But what do you stuff with? Great question. Let these recipes answer.
Sweet, spicy, packed with protein… these skins seem to have it all. Plus, they’re filled with vitamin-rich spinach and disease-fighting spices and herbs. Sound a little too healthy? The melted cheddar cheese topping makes it feel like more of a treat.
Looking for a lighter meal? There’s a kale salad add-in for that. Want to scarf down everything in sight? There’s a quinoa, black bean, and mushroom solution for that as well. These recipes cover all the bases by providing a variety of ways to stuff (and over-stuff) a sweet potato—and each one is delicious.
A life without peanut sauce isn’t one worth living, and one bite of this Thai-inspired meal is enough to make you believe it. It’s not any average peanut sauce, either—red curry paste adds a fun twist on the standard, and a little sriracha give it a bit of a punch too. (P.S. Purple sweet potatoes are pretty, but you don’t need ’em. Normal orange ones work just as well.)
Maple syrup is similar to peanut butter: It just makes everything taste better (or at the very least, sweeter). In this case, it’s mixed with quinoa, bacon (coconut or real—your call), shredded cheese, and chicken breast, and the result is the ideal post-workout snack, power lunch, or dinner.
There’s spinach artichoke dip, and then there’s spinach artichoke sweet potato skins. While both are delicious and great game-day recipe options, there’s one clear winner when it comes to health: the beloved sweet potato. These skins are filled with cheeses, secret spices, and plenty of veggies, so you won’t even miss the cream-filled dip and salty chips.
Whether it’s holiday season or not, there’s never a time when we don’t love a Thanksgiving-inspired meal. As it turns out, sweet potatoes are a great vehicle for festive goods (leftover or otherwise) and easy to make gluten- and dairy-free.
We know about roasted veggies, but roasted grapes?! This is a new concept—and one we’re clearly excited about. So preheat the oven, forget everything you knew about grapes, and get ready for a sweet and savory combo that’ll knock your socks off.
Mediterranean ingredients are known for being delicious, heart-healthy, and filling. This recipe combines favorites like sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese to create a much heartier twist on a Greek salad. Good-bye for now, sweet pita bread!
Dried cranberries have a reputation for being packed with sugar, but a little sprinkle can go a long way. (And sweet or not, they’re certainly packed with antioxidants.) This recipe mixes the tart fruit with healthy greens, walnuts, and plenty of potato. And it’s crazy cheap to make. Not too shabby.
Originally published October 2014. Updated March 2017.