Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

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Sweet potatoes seem a little trendy don't they? For good reason, though!

Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamins. More specifically, sweet potatoes contain an enormous amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These are some of the top vitamins that help strengthen the immune system and often time help prevent us from getting sick. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of manganese and Vitamin B6. Sweet potatoes, while similar to yams, are not quite the same vegetable.

While yams are also good for us (they contain similar nutrients at similar levels) they are slightly different from sweet potatoes and have a slightly different flavor. Lucky for you, I have made this recipe using both  yams and sweet potatoes and they have turned out equally as incredible. For the sake of structure, I have written this recipe using the sweet potatoes. 

The stuffing here, made with bacon, mushrooms, and avocado may seem like a strange combination. The flavors of each ingredient, however, make for an incredible baked sweet potato dinner or side. Plus with the use of spices and the slight saltiness of it, you'll forget you're on Paleo. 

What You'll Need

  •  2 large sweet potatoes 
  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped into bits 
  • 1 large avocado, skin removed and fruit chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Wrap sweet potatoes separately in foil. When oven is preheated, place in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until tender to touch with fork. 

In the meantime, heat a small amount of oil (your choice) in a medium-sized skillet. Place garlic, mushrooms, and bacon inside skillet. Sauteé until the bacon is crispy and the mushrooms and garlic are tender. Do not burn. Add some salt for additional flavor, no more than a pinch. When ingredients cooked, remove from heat. 

Once sweet potatoes are tender remove from oven and allow to cool. When the potatoes are cool enough to touch, remove foil and cut on one side only about 1/4 the way through the potato. This is to make an opening for the stuffing. 

Scoop out some of the sweet potato and place in the skillet with bacon, mushroom, and garlic. Mix until combined. Scoop the stuffing equally into each of the sweet potatoes. Top with some of the chopped avocado and enjoy! 

VARIATIONS: Often times I will make this using onion instead of mushroom mainly because they are easier to keep on hand. If another flavor combination is desired, trying filling the sweet potatoes with Fajita mix from the Fajita Salad recipe. This also makes for a quick and delicious Paleo dinner.