Here’s a news flash for you — sweet potatoes are interchangeable with regular old white potatoes.  You can bake them too.

I wash scrub mine well with a veggie brush and then wrap in foil before throwing them in the oven. Sweet potatoes tend to drip, so I highly recommend the foil or at least a baking tray underneath.  So, throw your potatoes in the oven at 400, and depending on how big and thick they are will depend on how long they take to cook – probably around 1 hour.  Then go do something else for a while.  Like go for a walk or have a nap.  This bean filling only takes 10 mins to make.

They are done when they are squeeze-able. Put your hand in an oven mitt and squeeze.  They should feel like you could mash it up in your hands. At this point, if I  have used foil, I will open the foil up, still keeping it under the potatoes as like I said these things drip, and let them hang out in the oven for another 10 mins or so.  I find this dries out some of the extra moisture and makes the skin slightly crispy.

So now what do you do?  You stuff it:

  • Fry some veggie bacon and chop some chives.  Earth balance, veggie bacon, Tofutti sour cream and chives.  This is a classic
  • Steam broccoli and /or cauliflower and top with some Daiya and Tofutti sour cream. Salt and pepper of course
  • Chilli – home-made or canned, perfect for left overs.
  • A bunch of sautéed mushrooms, add some Tofutti sour cream
  • Or our favourite – Corn and Black Bean saute. Kids like this because it does not have the heat of chilli and is a bit sweet.

Corn and Black Bean Filling

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup diced canned tomatoes (you could use a fresh tomato here, the nice thing about canned in this case is no tomato skin)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add corn, black beans and tomatoes to a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add cinnamon and chilli.  Simmer for about 5 mins, or until heated through. Stir in agave and salt and pepper.

How do you stuff a potato?