Loaded Sweet Potato Deliciousness

Today I fell in love. He is sweet, smooth, and has a lovely orange glow.

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I don’t know what took me so long to try a loaded sweet potato, as I love all things sweet potato. But today was the perfect day to explore this comfort food that has taken the blog land by storm. I woke up to 45 degree weather and rain pouring down outside my window. This doesn’t exactly scream June to me. Instead it screams curl up under the covers with comfort food and episodes of Vampire Diaries.*

*Thanks Chels for the recommendation, I am now totally hooked.

Sourdough bread slathered in butter is my normal comfort food go-to, but I decided to go for nutrition over indulgence and whipped up this bad boy.

Loaded Sweet Potato

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 sweet potato

1/2 cup black beans

1/2 large tomato, diced

2-4 TBS chives, diced

1/4 cup shredded cheese, I used Colby Jack

2-4 TBS plain Greek yogurt

sprinkling of cumin

sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Poke sweet potato with a fork a few times, wrap in a paper towel and nuke 4-6 minutes. Nuke beans for 30 seconds. Mix sweet potato insides with cheese and top with black beans, tomatoes, chives, Greek yogurt, cumin, salt and pepper. I think this  would also be excellent with salsa.

What is your favorite way to enjoy a sweet potato?

Quinoa with feta, pecans and dried cherries

I’m a big fan of bulk cooking.¬† I will often cook up a batch quinoa on Monday mornings. Rarely do I have a plan for the quinoa, but I know it will be eaten. I throw it in the fridge for an easy weeknight side dish. Last week I whipped up the same mix 3 nights in a row, it was just too tasty to resist.

Quinoa with Feta, Pecans and Dried Cherries

Serves 6*

*I combined 1/3 of each ingredient each night, because I decided on a whim what I wanted.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1/3 cup feta, crumbled

1/3 cup chives, chopped (you can sub green onions)

1/3 cup pecan pieces, toasted or 1/3 cup candied pecans, crumbled

2 TBS butter

3/4 tsp oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. After water has been fully absorbed, add remaining ingredients. Serve hot or cold.

 

What is your favorite easy weeknight side dish?