Broccoli Stuffed “Baked” Sweet Potato with Red Pepper Sauce

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I have a new found love for sweet potatoes. The nice thing about sweet potatoes is that they are so versatile.  With the switch of a few ingredients, they can go sweet, like in sweet potato pie, or savory, like in sweet potato totes (Yup, they are a thing!).  Sweet potatoes are also very healthy.  Here are eight reasons to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet:

  • Vitamin C: Aids in a healthy immune system and produces collagen which helps maintain youthful skin.
  • Vitamin D: Helps build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth.
  • Vitamin B6: Reduces chemical homocysteine in our bodies, which in turn reduces heart disease.
  • Magnesium: A relaxation and anti-stress mineral.
  • Iron: Good for red and white blood cell production; helps with stress and metabolizing protein.
  • Potassium: Electrolyte that regulates heartbeat and nerve signals.
  • Beta-carotene: Helps strengthen eyesight and boost immunity.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Contains natural sugars released slowly into the bloodstream making a balanced source of energy.

Since I have been craving sweet potatoes lately, I wanted to use them in a new way.  I got the idea for these “baked” potatoes from one of my favorite cookbooks, The 150 Healthiest 15-Minute Recipes on Earth.  

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Broccoli Stuffed “Baked” Sweet Potato with Red Pepper Sauce
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Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of fresh broccoli
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomato strips with oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (feta would also be delicious)

Instructions
  1. Preheat the broil.
  2. Scrub the potatoes and pierce with a fork. Place the potatoes in a small bowl with 3 tablespoons of water. Microwave the potatoes on high for 8 to 12 minutes until tender. Turn the potatoes halfway through for even cooking
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Place the broccoli in the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. While the broccoli and potatoes are cooking, combine the tomatoes, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes with oil, garlic powder, basil, oregano in a food processor. Process until until smooth. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  5. When the potatoes are ready, place on a broiler sheet. Carefully slice each potato down the middle and stuff each potato with half of the broccoli, sauce, and cheese.
  6. Broil for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is warm.

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I enjoyed this recipe with russet potatoes before. I loved the idea of “baking” the potato in the microwave on a busy work night. I had hoped it would work well on sweet potatoes, and it did!

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I still haven’t gotten the Bear to eat sweet potatoes, so he got a very large russet potato!

What is your favorite sweet potato recipe?

5 thoughts on “Broccoli Stuffed “Baked” Sweet Potato with Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Love love love sweet potatoes. You have the best ideas and recipes. I don’t know why I can’t access this site withought going to your FB?

  2. Have you made this dish yet? It looks deliicious!!!!! We are thinking about having Fathers day, not sure where yet. We should have a cooking day and test all these divine dishes and sauces. I love your blog. :)

    • Yeah, of course I made the dish. That’s my photo of the sweet potato and russet potato. It would be fun to get together and have a cooking day!

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