Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods you can eat on a plant-based diet. High in nutrients like vitamin C and potassium, these root vegetables provide the body with lasting energy and powerful antioxidants. They’re also delicious and versatile enough to be eaten as a side dish, main course, or even dessert. They also make the perfect parcel for stuffing, and are just as badass as a typical baked potato is. Sweet potatoes also offer a wider range of unique tastes depending on the type of sweet potato (purple, orange, yellow) that you choose, so they’re delicious to enjoy every season of the year.
Here are 10 ways to stuff a sweet potato using hearty, plant-based ingredients to make scrumptious, indulgent delights.
1. Spinach and Artichoke
Spinach and artichoke are a dynamic duo. With nutrients like vitamin E and lutein from spinach, and fiber and antioxidants from artichokes, there are so many different ways to use these powerhouse vegetables when cooking. Perhaps the most classically delicious way is to make a dip. Use this Spinach and Artichoke Dip to stuff inside your sweet potatoes. Prepare your taste buds for a creamy, warm filling that has all the tastes of comfort with the goodness of plant-based eating.
2. Quinoa, Maple, Cranberries
Move over apple pie, this stuffed sweet potato is going to make headlines! Quinoa provides excellent sources of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates, while cranberries can keep your kidneys healthy and help you get enough vitamin C. Maple syrup not only makes an awesome alternative to honey, but it also brings out the sweetness and bold flavors of sweet potatoes. Try the maple syrup sauce in these Maple and Tarragon Sweet Potatoes to add to your quinoa and cranberry stuffed potato. Though this would make for a great fall dish, it can easily be enjoyed any season of the year!
This southwestern stuffed sweet potato takes tacos to the next level. Simple ingredients like corn, black beans and salsa will offer fresh flavors that counter the sweetness from the potato. This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is an easy way to get these crisp tastes, or for a heartier stuffed sweet potato, try adding this Walnut ‘Taco Meat’ instead. You can also try any of these 15 Amazing Southwestern-Inspired Recipes to stuff your sweet potatoes with for a spicy, plant-based pleasure.
Known for being plant-based and sustainable, a vegan Mediterranean diet is a healthy way to bring out the freshest flavors in your food. A Mediterranean diet is based around whole grains, herbs, legume protein, and vegetables. With these guidelines in mind, stuffing a sweet potato with Mediterranean ingredients is both delicious and nutritious. Use chickpeas for protein and fiber, olives for tanginess and natural fats, and fresh tomatoes for a nice dose of antioxidants. Not only will this combination taste awesome, but will also ensure your stuffed sweet potatoes provide a well-balanced meal.
Curry is an essential spice that belongs in any plant-based kitchen, so kick up the spice in your sweet potatoes by adding a bit of curry! Use this Sweet Potato Salad curry dressing to drizzle on top, or just mix some curry with currants inside your sweet potato for a sweet and savory combo. A curried sweet potato can be an effortless meal that satisfies since curry enhances almost any dish it’s added to. To get add some extra vegetables and protein to your potato dish, try stuffing it with this Curry Spice Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas.
6. Pecans, Apples, and Nut Butter
Look no further for the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth stuffed sweet potato. What better way to highlight the ambrosial flavors of sweet potatoes than to add more natural sweetness to them? Stuff your sweet potatoes with pecans, apples, and a nut butter to create a paramount of warm flavors and ooey-gooey textures. Pecans are extremely adaptable nuts and will add a nice crunch to your bite when stuffed with fresh, fiber-full apples. Choose any nut butter to add to your warm potato- try this Homemade Almond Butter or Homemade Peanut Butter. With a slight saltiness from nut butters, these comforting flavors can’t be beat!
7. Lentils and Kale
Super easy to throw together, a lentil and kale stuffed sweet potato is a great go-to, plant-based meal. Skip the sweetness once in a while and let these savory ingredients shine! Lentils and kale are both economical, and when paired together their nutrition levels skyrocket. Moving way beyond soup, using lentils in your meals is also a great way to improve digestion with high levels of protein, fiber, and iron. Kale has tremendous health benefits as well, so it’s no wonder that stuffing your sweet potatoes with them is a plant-based dream. For an energy-boosting meal, cook up this Lentil-Kale Vegan Risotto to stuff in your potato.
8. Classic Marshmallow
Feel like a kid again with a nice, cozy marshmallow-stuffed sweet potato. Similar to a typical sweet potato casserole, stuffing your sweet potatoes with marshmallow is a classic delight. The sugary sweetness of marshmallow just adds even more to the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes to create a toasty treat. Unfortunately, many store-bought brands of marshmallows aren’t vegan due to gelatin being added. Have no fear! This Homemade Marshmallow is not only plant-based, but is also way more delicious than anything found in a supermarket.
9. Broccoli and ‘Cheese’
Broccoli and cheese make a creamy and luxurious combination. Though broccoli is a common superfood with extreme health benefits, there’s no denying that a velvety cheese sauce can take this vegetable to the next level. But ditch the dairy and make one of these 10 Vegan Cheeses to stuff into a sweet potato instead. Nut-based cheese is a great way to add plant-based protein, and it increases the satiety factor of your meal too, but you’re looking for a lighter, yet still bold cheese flavor, try using nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is easy to use and will bring out the natural, robust flavors of broccoli, much like cheddar cheese does but without all the nasty side effects!
10. Mac n’ Cheez
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Go for the decadence. To really transform your sweet potato from a side dish to a main course, try stuffing it with something hearty and daring. What could be better than mac n’ cheese for this stuffing? This Smokey Vegan Mac and Cheese will knock your socks off with flavors from cauliflower, paprika, and coconut milk. With mac and cheese stuffed inside a sweet potato, you’ll get similar flavors to this Mac ‘N Squash. For true temptation, add some plant-based bacon, chili flakes, or cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
Practically made to be, stuffed sweet potatoes make for one of the best foods to adapt any which way you like them. So get cookin’ and try out something new! For more starchy delights, check out these unique ways to cook with sweet potatoes.
We’d love to hear your thoughts: Do you have a favorite sweet potato stuffing?
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