Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

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Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

There are times in life that call for grand meals, several dishes, a theme, planning ahead and so on. Other times, when life has your brain in a million places, simple, easy, one dish and one thought is just what you need. This recipe is perfect for when you want something simple, light and healthy, but still hearty and comforting.

With the start of my level 2 advanced yoga teacher training (RYT 500 hour) over the weekend, life is back to being slightly hectic once again. From now until just a few days before Christmas, every Saturday and Sunday I will be up in Venice Beach for 9+ hours, completely submerged in the teachings of yoga! This means – easy meals, getting my stuff together throughout the week and being more organized than usual – are all back to being major priorities!

Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

Besides loving simple meals, I am also a big fan of sweet potatoes, though I will admit I can forget how amazing they are. Sweet potatoes are highly underrated in my opinion, I don’t think they get nearly enough love. When I saw this great recipe from Gaby way earlier this year, I was inspired to make my own vegan version. Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream!!

Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

For some reason my local grocer only ever has small yams and white sweet potatoes, they never have the traditional orange colored sweet potatoes. But, I personally really really love the white sweet potatoes, they are a bit less sweet and a bit less starchy. They kinda feel like a hybrid between a regular potato and a sweet potato.

Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

The great thing about these stuffed sweet potatoes is that they can literally be a meal in and of themselves – breakfast, lunch or dinner. I really love serving one of these stuffed potatoes for a weekend brunch, with a fried farm fresh egg on the side.

Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

The delicious Southwest-inspired filling is smoky and spicy and super hearty. I personally love adding the baby spinach as a way to get some more veggies in there, which I live for, but you can feel free to add any green you like, kale or chard would also be great. The tangy Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream on top is the perfect alternative to sour cream and the best way I can think to finish off this delicious treat. If cheese is your thing, a little shredded cheese would be great on top. If you dig meat, try some smoky bacon, ham or chorizo sausage mixed into the filling.

Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

[print_this]Spicy Southwest Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream
gluten-free + vegan}
serves 4
inspired by this recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

  • 4 medium organic sweet potatoes (white or orange, I used white)
  • 3/4 cup organic corn (frozen and thawed or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I used a yellow bell pepper)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes, well. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking pan and place in the oven. Roast for approximately 45-60 minutes, until cooked thoroughly and tender. Use a knife to check for doneness.

Make the Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream while the potatoes are cooking (recipe below) and set aside.

Right as the sweet potatoes are nearly done cooking, in a hot cast iron skillet over a medium-high heat, add the corn kernels and let the corn roast, without stirring for a few minutes. Continue to let cook until the corn is slightly charred. Remove the corn from the pan, reduce the heat to medium. Add the olive oil to the hot pan and add the onion and bell pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the garlic, spices, chipotle peppers, black beans and spinach. Give it all a good stir and cook until heated through and the spinach is wilted. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Once the sweet potatoes are done, remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise and squeeze open. Stuff each potato with the filling, using it all up. Overflowing is always good when it comes to a stuffed potato. Top each sweet potato with a couple spoonfuls of the Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream and a little more fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Lime Avocado Cream

With an emersion blender or regular blender (I used my Blendtec), blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Add more water if it is too thick. Taste test and adjust seasonings as necessary. Refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made a day ahead, the flavors get even better as it sits. [/print_this]


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9 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    Wow! What a year for you! All 500 hours in one year! Just starting my 200, and I couldn’t be more excited!

  2. Amanda says:

    This looks delicious and healthy!

  3. These look incredible! I actually grew sweet potatoes in the garden this year but I have no idea when they are ready to be picked. I might have to go out there and dig up a couple to make these, they look too good to wait!

  4. Gaby says:

    Perfect fall recipe!! Beautiful pictures!

  5. Brittany says:

    These look so good lady! I love baked sweet potatoes and that cilantro lime avocado cream… yes please!!

  6. Gira says:

    These look lovely! Thank you for taking the time to share during your busy week!
    I have recently been buying Hannah Sweet Potatoes with white flesh from the local co-op, and I wonder if they are the same ones you have. I love the taste and texture; they sweeter and are not stringy like the traditional ones.
    One question: Do you eat the skin?

    • Beth @ Tasty Yummies says:

      I am not sure if they are the same, my market just calls them White Sweet Potatoes. As long as the sweet potato is organic and the skin was scrubbed and is tender, I totally eat it.

  7. LittleContessa says:

    My grocery store only had Japanese yams. Do you think I could substitute those? I’m planning on making this for dinner tonight!

    • Beth @ Tasty Yummies says:

      Hmm, I don’t see why not, the flavor and sweetness may change a little, as Japanese yams are much more sweet, but I am sure they will still be delicious!

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