P: Potatoes

Potato Skins. Is there anything more delicious? Fluffy yet crispy potato topped with cheese and bacon…maybe a dusting of scallions? A dollop of sour cream?

Well hold on to your hats sports fans…I’ve got a new version. And it will knock your socks off.20150129_181343

Potatoes aren’t evil. It’s just how people prepare them (like topping them with cheese and bacon or mashing them with cream and butter). Both white potatoes and sweet potatoes are excellent sources of fibre and nutrients. They both contain NO fat. But I like to switch out white potatoes with sweet potatoes whenever I can because they have more vitamin A, C and calcium. And they taste sweet. And they are delicious.

So naturally, these potato skins are made with sweet potatoes. And then loaded up with goodness.

What goodness you ask? Well…a little cheese. SHARP cheddar cheese so you can use less. And then instead of bacon, I used AVOCADO.

Ok, it’s different but it’s SO amazing-you have to try it at least once.20150129_181421

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup green lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa (or make your own like this one!)
  • A handful of sweet cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup sharp old cheddar, grated
  • 2 ripe avocadoes, sliced
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Around lunch time (or in the morning…or when you get home from work), wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and place them in a 400 degree oven. Bake them for 45 minutes and turn the oven off. Just leave them in there. They’ll be done in time for dinner (or the big game) when you need to assemble your skins. Plus by then they’ll be cool enough to handle.

Unwrap the potatoes and cut them in half. Scoop out the flesh (leave some or they’ll fall apart) and save for another recipe. Cut off any gnarly ends of the potatoes.

At this point you can make big potato skins and leave them the way they are or cut the potatoes in quarters for smaller bites. Whatever you do, line them up on a baking sheet and put them back in at 400 degrees while you prepare the toppings.

If you haven’t already, cook the lentils according to directions. Mix the lentils, salsa and tomatoes.

Once the sweet potatoes are nice and crispy (about 20 minutes-keep an eye on them), take them out and place lentil mixture on top of each one. Top with a little cheese and place back in the oven until cheese melts…about ten minutes.

Worth the work and the wait, believe me!

Ok. NOW take them out of the oven and arrange the pieces on a plate. Top with avocado slices and balsamic glaze (if you choose-totally optional).20150129_181421

Now EAT. Mmmmm…potato skins. They are hot, fluffy, spicy, creamy and probably GONE if you spend too much time cleaning up so get in there and EAT!

Wondering what food I chose for the letter E? I bet it’s not what you egg-pect! No really, it’s not…check it out here and go to the Alphabet category on my main page to see every delicious letter!

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