BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Today I’m sharing one of our weeknight go-to recipes for dinner.  It’s a quick and healthy recipe, the kind we all need more of!

When I say quick, I mean this is a record time dinner. I use leftover cooked chicken again in this one, so the longest part of your cooking will be however long it takes to make a baked potato in your microwave!  No joke!

First, scrub your sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork. You’ll want one small sweet potato per person.  I made a little extra for Hunter’s dinner and for lunch the following day!

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Get the sweet potatoes into the microwave on a plate covered with  a paper towel. I use the microwave preset for baked potatoes, and mine always come out perfect!

While your sweet potatoes are cooking, shred your cooked chicken. You’ll want about 3/4 cup chicken per person.  Mix with 1-2 tablespoons per serving of your favorite BBQ sauce.

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Once your sweet potatoes are fork tender, it’s time for assembly.  Halve the sweet potato, and make a few additional cuts per half to allow the topping to mix in better. Then, melt 1/2 tablespoon or butter or margarine on each sweet potato.  This is optional, and if you’re on a stricter diet you can simply omit this part.  You still get a ton of flavor from the chicken topping, I promise!

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Finally, pile on the BBQ chicken and garnish with a little chopped green onion.  I serve this with a side salad and dinner is on the table in about 10 minutes… you really can’t beat that!

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Side note: If you have a little one at home, some chopped baked sweet potato and bits of shredded chicken make a great baby dinner!

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BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

(Per one serving)

1 Small-Medium Sweet Potato

3/4 Cup Cooked Shredded Chicken

1-2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce

1/2 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine (optional)

Green Onion

Scrub sweet potato and poke with a fork before cooking in the microwave.  Use the baked potato preset on your microwave for best results.

Shred chicken and combine with 1-2 Tablespoons of BBQ Sauce.

Cut open sweet potato once it is fork tender and top with butter or margarine if desired.  Top with BBQ chicken and garnish with green onion.

Serve with a side salad or steamed veggies for a quick and healthy meal!

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Hunter and Mama

 

Green Protein Smoothie

Like everyone, we’ve been trying to make a conscious effort at our house to eat healthier.  We are really pretty successful at it most of the time, but last week was a tough one!

With all three of us sick, we got by on takeout and anything quick and easy… it’s called SURVIVAL MODE! Thankfully, we were all feeling a little more human by Sunday, just in time for some healthy meal prep for the week.Green Smoothie-with logo

Hunter and I put together a few things so that we could start the week off right, including our favorite Green Protein Smoothie. These smoothies are so easy to prep, and we put them in the fridge overnight and blend them before we leave the house in the morning.

Full serving each of fruit, veggies and protein to go… and it makes the mornings a breeze!

I use a vanilla flavored protein powder, it helps to make the overall flavor not so…. green (if you’ve tried and failed at green smoothies before, you know what I mean!) You could use a different flavor, but then you’ll want to be a little more mindful of the fruits you choose to put in (for example: cookies and cream flavor doesn’t mix well with oranges!) I also use vanilla almond milk, but you could use regular almond milk, coconut milk, or even juice if you prefer. You really just need some liquid to get everything moving in the blender.Green Protein Smoothie- add almond milk

You can use fresh or frozen fruit, whatever you have on hand! This week we had some clementines and raspberries to use up, along with some frozen fruit I keep on hand to add up to 1 cup.Green Protein Smoothie- 1 cup fruit

 

We use spinach in these, it’s what we have on hand most often at our house.  1 cup just loosely packed (about one good handful) is just right.

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Green Protein Smoothie

1 Cup Fruit (fresh or frozen)

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1 Cup Spinach (loosely packed)    

1/4 Cup Almond Milk (or more if you like a thinner consistency)

Combine all ingredients in blender. Store overnight in fridge if desired.  Blend thoroughly before enjoying! 

Note: I make sure the spinach is next to the blade when I’m packing everything in (nobody wants big spinach chunks in their drink!) I also make sure the protein powder is the middle layer if I’m storing it overnight, it prevents the powder from getting gummy and sticking to the container.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Hunter and Mama