I love sweet potatoes, really love them! Sweet potato fries are one of my favorite little indulgences, but when it comes to sweet potatoes, I don’t discriminate. I love them roasted, baked, made into ice cream, used in bread and soups… they are so versatile and the best part is, they are SO good for you. A few years ago, I read that sweet potatoes are the one food item that you can live of off and get enough nutrition to be healthy and balanced. That’s pretty amazing!
Here are the STATS:
One medium sweet potato has 103 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. 23 carbohydrates, 438% of your daily needed vitamin A and it is packed full of other vitamins from all over the alphabet! They are a great source of dietary fiber, manganese and they are known to be a strong anti-inflammatory…so they are the perfect, tasty and satisfying addition to any meal! Who needs those super processed 100 calorie packs, grab a sweet potato and enjoy!
This year for Thanksgiving, I wanted to serve sweet potatoes, but I wanted to stay away from anything resembling the super fatty, super sugary sweet potato pie that is so dearly loved in the South. I had quite the challenge, because I had to come up with something equally as yummy to satisfy my hungry family…enter, the stuffed sweet potato! No, it is not the traditional sweet, gooey delight…its nothing like it…but it was a hit, and the perfect little side to kick up any week night meal.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
As I said before, I love to cook…but it goes a little deeper than that. Cooking is a way that I show people that I love them…I might not be very good with words, but to me, nothing says “I love you” like a home made dinner, or a fresh batch of bran muffins! So, its Christmas time…and I decided to make Christmas Brunch for some of the people that I love most in the world…
Because my kitchen is literally a wet bar in my grandparents basement (I’ll explain this a little more later) our lovely friend Rich so generously lets me use his kitchen when I want to cook something that requires a little more than a hot plate…so, these pictures are taken in his home…(side note: I usually try to focus on things being healthy AND yummy…but its Christmas, so this menu might be yummy, but the healthy part pretty much went out the window!)
Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast (Make the night before)
This is my go-to recipe for breakfast with friends. It is SUPER easy and always a hit. You can make it the night before and then pop it in the oven while the coffee is brewing. I like to make a lighter version on “normal” occasions…I will share the tweeked recipe soon!