According to a report in The New York Times, only 23% of American meals include a vegetable. Complaints ranged from vegetables are disgusting to “I don’t know how to cook a zucchini.”
Hopefully scientists will create a vegetable in pill form in the near future. It’s our only hope.
As for me, I would say about 80% of my meals include a vegetable. Lunch and dinner ALWAYS have some form of vegetable, but breakfast is usually devoid of them. Hey, I think two out of three meals is pretty good
Occasionally I will have pumpkin pancakes, a green smoothie, or a vegetable omelet, so that’s why my estimation is 80%.
I’m always thinking of ways to make vegetables interesting, so I am always experimenting with new recipes.
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite go-to ingredients that I always keep on hand, especially through the winter. They are extremely nutritious, very affordable, easy to store, and highly versatile.
I also swoon over the creaminess and fattiness of avocado, so I’m actually surprised it took me so long to finally combine them!
Let me tell you, it was a match made in heaven…
Avocado Stuffed Sweet Potato
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 c avocado, cubed
- 2 TBS red onion, diced
- 2 TBS lime juice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 TBS fresh cilantro – chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400*.
- Bake sweet potato for 45 minutes to one hour, or until cooked through and soft.
- Meanwhile, combine diced peppers, avocado, and onion in a small bowl.
- Dress with lime juice, cumin, and garlic. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cut sweet potato in half and remove the insides with a spoon.
- Mix the avocado filling with the sweet potato filling.
- Stuff back into sweet potato skin and garnish with cilantro.
To make this a main dish, you could add a source of protein like black beans or grilled chicken. Feel free to let your imagination run wild!
Carbs 46 grams
Fat 15 grams
Protein 6 grams
Don’t get used to getting nutritional information, but I can’t let Jason gain a competitive advantage
Now it’s time to vote!
While you’re at it, you can vote for the next challenge. Instead of an ingredient, we are doing a dish!
I am pulling for burgers