8 Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipes Perfect for Busy Weeknights
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants that have been shown to protect against certain cancers, and they’re among the richest sources of beta-carotene out there, which is good news for everything from your immune system to your gut health. Stuffed sweet potatoes are one of our favorite, go-to meals when we’re strapped for time not just because they’re healthful, but also because they’re a filling base that plays well with any number of proteins and flavor profiles — and they’re ideal for using up leftovers.
Have some vegan chili in the fridge, but not enough for a full meal? It’ll be perfect in a sweet potato. Want a filling breakfast? Use up some remaining ginger-maple spiced tofu and apples in a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a great way to put a new spin on leftover curries, too. However, the humble sweet potato is more than just a vehicle for leftovers — there are tons of intentional sweet potato recipes out there, too, and we rounded up eight of our favorites to share.
It’s amazing that we didn’t even consider egg-stuffed sweet potatoes an option before, but this super healthy, easy breakfast option is now going straight into heavy rotation. We recommend pre-baking a batch of sweet potatoes, then tossing one back in the oven with a cracked egg, which yields a low-effort breakfast (or lunch!) that couldn’t be healthier. For lunch, we’d serve with a simple side salad with a lemon-y dressing, or a prepared French lentil salad.
If you’ve ever dipped sweet potato fries in barbecue sauce, you already know this is a great pairing. Barbecue chicken has that deep, smokey-sweet flavor, so it works perfectly in a sweet potato. If you want to avoid refined sugars, there are some great unsweetened barbecue sauces out there (we’re fans of this Primal Kitchen version, or you could always make your own).
These loaded vegan sweet potatoes are phenomenally easy to make; they’re well-spiced, creamy, and delicious; and this recipe is really forgiving, so feel free to toss in whatever you’ve got on hand. Want to swap out collard greens or spinach in place of the chard? Go for it (but reduce your cooking time for spinach, since it wilts quickly). Want to throw in some sliced bell pepper or mushrooms? They’d be a delicious addition.
Gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30-friendly, these stuffed sweet potatoes are a great option for people with a wide range of diet needs. They’re also protein-packed, thanks to the tuna filling, and incredibly flavorful. As the recipe author notes, this dish is an ideal make-ahead option: Bake a few sweet potatoes and mix up the Spanish tuna filling in advance, then combine for a super quick lunch or dinner.
This is one of those healthy, tasty weeknight dinners that makes takeout feel like a waste of money. We’d definitely recommend making a double batch of the quinoa and red lentil filling — it makes a fantastic side dish for another meal, or can easily serve as a light lunch with a simple green salad.
This dinner is super fast, filled with healthy protein, and utilizes delicious, taco-inspired spices that appeal to even the pickiest eaters. We’d serve with some simple broccoli sauteéd with garlic and olive oil, or stay really on-theme with a Healthy Street Corn Salad or a delicious, fresh Avocado Salad.
As recipe author Nisha notes, this recipe is a really great beginners’ option if you’re unfamiliar with Indian cooking but love the flavors and want to give it a try. It’s also really quick, so it works great for busy evenings. If you have more time, consider making her vegan play on palak paneer to go with it, and we recommend making a double batch of the Tandoori chickpeas, too. They’re so crunchy and flavorful, you’ll want to snack on them all day.
This is sort of an inverted shepherd’s pie: Rather than filling a pie dish and layering mashed potatoes on top, this quick weeknight variation involves simply stuffing cooked sweet potatoes with a turkey-based version of shepherd’s pie filling, then broiling. This dish would be fantastic served with some simple roasted carrots or green beans.
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