Baked Sweet Potatoes, Oven Recipe
If you are looking for something different, but yet healthy for dinner, try baked sweet potatoes, oven recipe; a complete meal, easy and so tasty!
I’m even including a couple other recipes for my homemade avocado dip and salsa, which I think you will also love!
(Per Serving; Calories = 628 / Fat = 35.6 gr / Carbs = 50.4 / Protein = 24.2)
Yes, this recipe if unique and the ingredients may seem strange to you, but trust me, I think you will love it!
Ingredients (2 Servings):
- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- 8 ounces Lean Ground Beef
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup Salsa
- 4 tablespoons Guacamole (Recipe further down the page)
1 medium size sweet potato, including flesh & skin
- 162 calories
- Total Fat = .3 grams
- Carbs = 37.3
- Sodium = 65 mg
- Protein = 3.6 grams
4 oz. (73%) lean ground beef
- 350 calories
- Total Fat = 31 grams
- Carbs = 0
- Sodium = 75 mg
- Protein = 17 grams
1/2 cup Salsa
- 36 calories
- Total Fat = .3 grams
- Carbs = 8.1 grams
- Sodium = 920 mg
- Protein = 1.6 grams
4 tablespoons Guacamole
- 80 calories
- Total Fat = 4 grams
- Carbs = 5 grams
- Sodium = 250 mg
- Protein = 2 grams
- Preheat oven to 475
- Wash the sweet potatoes, removing any bad places.
- Quick Start: Microwave sweet potatoes for 4 minutes, otherwise they will take at least an hour to bake.
- Wrap each potato with a sheet of foil and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake until potatoes feel soft. (check them after 45 minutes).
- While the potatoes are baking, brown the hamburger meat until done; drain off any fat and set aside.
- Prepare the guacamole dip recipe (see below).
- Prepare homemade salsa or use store bought.
- Shred two cups of lettuce and set aside.
- When the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and take the foil off of them. Place each one on a plate and slice open.
- Split the cooked hamburger meat between each potato.
- Add the shredded lettuce.
- Top with guacamole dip and salsa and serve.
Sweet Potato vs White Potato
I know you must have heard about sweet potatoes being better for you than white potatoes. This is not necessarily true. It really just depends on how they are prepared. Commonly, white potatoes are served as french fries which are not a healthy food. Many people also like to bake them and add lots of butter and sour cream to them before eating, or ranch dressing.
Sweet potatoes, however are commonly baked and served with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and sometimes even marshmallows. Of course, anything with butter or sugar would not be considered a healthy food and should be eaten in moderation.
Let me explain the nutritional quality of sweet potatoes and white potatoes.
One medium plain sweet potato has about 100 calories, 24 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. Sweet potatoes are known for keeping you full for longer because they contain slowly digested carbohydrates for sustained energy.
Sweet potatoes also contain a lot of vitamin A which helps build hemoglobin, needed to deliver energizing oxygen to cells throughout your body.
A medium size “baked” white potato, skin on, contains about 170 calories, 37 carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. They are a rich source for potassium, containing more than what’s found in a banana! White potatoes contain resistant starch, a type your body can’t digest which is what keeps the body full for longer.
As you can see, both potatoes are healthy in their own way. Sweet potatoes do contain more fiber than white potatoes, but both are healthy vegetables depending on how they are prepared.
The Best Guacamole Dip Recipe
- 3 Ripe Avocados (save the pit)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice (start with 1 tbsp. , and taste before adding more)
- Diced tomatoes (optional)
- Fresh Cilantro
- Cut the avocados in half around the pits and spoon out into a bowl.
- Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the avocados until desired texture.
- Add the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, lime juice, diced tomatoes, and freshly chopped cilantro to the mashed avocados and mix.
- Place the avocado dip into a sealable container and put the pits the dip, (spaced out). This will help keep it from turning dark so fast.
- Seal and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Guacamole vs Sour Cream
Guacamole can easily be used in the place of sour cream in many dishes. It contains fewer calories than sour cream and it’s more filling due from the high fiber content.
Guacamole is made from avocados which contains good fats known as monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats play an important role in the body supporting brain function and healthy cholesterol levels, along with making people feel full and satisfied for longer.
Avocados contain about 20 different vitamins and minerals, where sour cream doesn’t.
Sour cream is not actually bad for you, but it’s just not as filling as guacamole would be.
Sour cream is rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B-12, calcium, phosphorus and selenium. There’s lots of protein in sour cream and few carbs. When consumed in moderation, it is unlikely to cause weight gain.
Although guacamole would be more filling for you, as you can see, sour cream is not a bad alternative.
The Best Salsa from Fresh Tomatoes Recipe
- 4 cups of cooked, peeled, and cored Tomatoes
- 1 1/4 cups chopped Bell Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 2 or 3 tablespoons Sugar (I prefer 2 tbsp in mine, so it’s not too sweet)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 3 tablespoon White Vinegar
- 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
- 6 ounces Tomato Paste
- 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic (or 1 chopped garlic clove)
- Hot Peppers
It doesn’t get much better than a homegrown tomato in my opinion. I love making my The Best Salsa from Fresh Tomatoes during tomato season.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and even better for you when they’re cooked. So why not make some homemade salsa?
You have come to the right site to learn how to make it!
Since I’ve already written a post with step-by-step instructions on how to make this great homemade salsa recipe, there’s no need for me to repeat.
Just visit my article and find out every thing you need to know and with much detail!
I hope you enjoyed this article and try the recipes provided. I would love to hear your thoughts about them.
I had never tried this Baked Sweet Potatoes, Oven Recipe until recently. I was trying to come up with something new for dinner and the thought popped into my head.
I’ve had fully loaded baked potatoes many times, but thought using a baked sweet potato may add a little twist, and it did! I loved it and so did my finance!
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