High protein sweet potato skins

High protein sweet potato skins

High Protein Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet potatoes skins make for a  perfect dinner with the right balance of proteins, fat and carbohydrates. Sweet potato skins are highly versatile, they can be cooked in a variety of ways.  

Sweet potatoes are a filling and nutrient-dense vegetable that are highly nutritious. You should aim to eat all the colours of the rainbow when it comes to vegetables. This is where the orange flesh of sweet potatoes comes into play – packing in 4 times our daily requirement of vitamin A in one medium potato spud.Sweet potatoes offer more health benefits than white potatoes.

Unlike regular potatoes, the carotenoids in sweet potatoes can increase your vision, boost your immune system and keep your skin healthy.

Carotenoids are what give fruit and vegetables their bright colour and their anti-inflammatory effect. Beta-carotene is one of the main types of carotenoid, which can be found in sweet potatoes.  By combining fat with sweet potatoes – such as the addition of oil or ghee – one’s uptake of beta-carotene from the sweet potato increases.

Put the peeler down! Yes – I am telling you to actually eat the skin! By eating sweet potato skins you are adding more nutrients to your meal as well as dietary fibre, which promotes regularity and keeps our digestive tract healthy. Try to buy organic potatoes if possible.

My choice of protein for these Sweet potato skins was beef.

Grass-fed beef is one of the most nutritious meat options! Beef is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B12, Zinc, Niacin and Iron. By eating a meal with one serve of red meat, you can obtain iron that is essential for energy, brain function and for normal growth and development.

If you don’t eat meat, you can easily swap it for kidney beans.

The spices in this recipe also pack a punch. heir health benefits are astounding! The addition of cumin helps aid digestion and immunity. Paprika helps your body fight inflammation and disease, and like sweet potato skins – paprika is high in carotenoids too!

Tips for maintenance and storage: avoid purchasing sweet potatoes that have wrinkles or cracks and be sure to store in a cool, dry cupboard.

Get creative! Feel free to have a play around with toppings and remember to keep it colourful – the more colours on your plate, the more nutrients in your meal.

If you’re loving sweet potatoes be sure to try my famous Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie!

High Protein Sweet Potato Skin Ingredients:

(serves 4)

  • 300g grass fed beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ red capsicum finely diced
  • ½ tsp chipotle pepper
  • 1 tsp oil /ghee
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes

Topping options: spring onions, sprinkle of organic cheese

High Protein Sweet Potato Skin Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Heat oil and sauté onions until soft. Add the beef and spices, capsicum and cook until brown, breaking up the lumps.
  3. In the meantime pierce the sweet potatoes and cook them in the microwave for 8-10 mins (or until the inside is soft). Alternatively, you can bake them for 35 minutes.
  4. Remove them and allow them to cool. Place on baking sheet and split them open. Scoop out some of the flesh and add it to the beef mix.
  5. Fill the insides of the potatoes with 3-4 tablespoonfuls of the beef mixture and top them with the toppings.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 15 mins until cheese is melted.

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