Sometimes, I want healthy junk food.  To qualify: what I mean is recipes made over with healthier ingredients.  After a long day at the office, this is such an awesome dinner to come home to.  And I actually feel good after I eat it!!

So, though I eat this kind of thing for dinner from time to time, I realize not everyone makes meals of sweet potato skins.  But since the kids are all back in school I have been thinking a lot about what I would send a kid to school with that was healthy, and that they would have a good chance of actually eating.  I think this would actually be an awesome choice.  Kids love sweet foods, so they usually love sweet potatoes.  And, interestingly, sweet potatoes actually have a lower glycemic load than white potatoes!! So they won’t have that afternoon crash if they do feast on sweet potato skins for lunch!!

You will end up having some “middles” left over from this, which make a fantastic side dish if you mash them with some salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Then, it’s like a 2 for one dish!!

Health highlight of sweet potatoes:  Sweet potatoes are one of best sources of beta-carotene, which your body coverts to vitamin A.  They are very anti-inflammatory, high in fiber and full of antioxidants.  Despite their sweet flavor, sweet potatoes have less impact on your blood sugar than other varieties of potatoes.  They are good for your skin, eyes, digestion, and bones.  Sweet potatoes are also a really good source of vitamin C and potassium.

Sweet Potato Skins
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Serves: 6
  • 3 Sweet Potatoes
  • ⅓ cup Cheddar Cheese (I like to go organic on dairy)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Guacamole (to serve)
  1. Bake or microwave the sweet potatoes (bake at 375 F for 1 hour, or microwave for 10 minutes)
  2. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop some of the middle out
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Top each half of sweet potato with some cheese
  5. Bake at 450 until the cheese is nicely melted and the sweet potato starts to brown a little
  6. Top with some guac and serve!!!

What is your favorite recipe make-over?

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