Today I want to share one of my new favorite recipes! Isaac and I absolutely loved this when we made it the other day, and it was so easy to pull together. I was a little nervous at first about using a sweet potato, but one of my friends had shared a picture on Instagram of a similar meal, and I decided I needed to try it out… And I’m SO glad I did! The meal was sweet and salty, and the feta cheese on top added a delicious tanginess that pulled it all together.
Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to talk a little about nutrition. I am all about sweet potatoes, but what’s so special about them? After a little research this is what I found.
Sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins (like Vitamin B6, C, D and A). They contain iron, magnesium (which helps regulate your stress) and potassium. They help support your immune system and blood sugar levels, and best of all… they are delicious and versatile! I love slicing and roasting them in the oven, making homemade sweet potato chips and fries, eating sweet potato casserole during the holidays and baking them like I did in this recipe. Now that it’s closer to summer time (and I will want to grill out all the time), I want to try grilled sweet potato, because what doesn’t sound amazing about that?
If you can’t tell, I love sweet potatoes. And if you have never tried them before, now is your time to do so! They are full of health benefits and I like that they can be used in both sweet and savory meals.
What is your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
8 oz chicken breast (mine still had bone and skin on)
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup fat-free feta cheese
2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp thyme
Preheat oven to 350F. Wash the sweet potatoes and remove any blemishes or dark spots. Wrap them in foil and bake for 1-1 1/2 hours or until they are soft to the touch (I like to squeeze them with an oven mitt on).
While the sweet potatoes are baking, cook your chicken. I actually put mine in a Crock Pot about 2 1/2 hours before we needed it for dinner and followed this recipe, but you can also bake, grill or pan fry your chicken! When it was finished cooking, I just shredded the chicken, because it was literally falling off the bone.
Mix the spices in a small bowl and set aside.
Once the potatoes and chicken are done, unwrap the potatoes, slice them down the middle and press both ends to open. Divide the butter between the two potatoes, and evenly sprinkle the seasonings inside.
Top with the spinach, chicken and feta, and voila! Dinner is served.