Crock Pot Sweet Potato

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Fun fact: I learned that there are 4000 varieties of potatoes and 5000 of sweet potatoes (Precision Nutrition). That’s a lot of potato diversity! Most of the potatoes grown in North America are destined to meet a deep fryer, YUCK! Here is a recipe that is a healthy and filling change from a fried choice. Potatoes themselves are not unhealthy its what we top them with that is what leads to trouble.

Sweet potatoes are a win for me because they meet my sweet tooth cravings and are healthy and tasty. I will admit that I didn’t particularly like sweet potatoes until a few years ago aka I never really gave them a chance. But now, I will take them in any form or fashion. Cut them up and bake into sweet potoato fries or mash and add a dash of cinnamon – YUM. This is one of my baby boys favorites. I tried another variation that was a big hit I wanted to share with you all as well!

Fun fact about Sweet Potato – it is packed with enough Vitamin A that pretty much meets daily requirements your body needs. Sweet potatoes also have 19.6 mg of Vitamin C compared to 12.8 mg of a regular potato. Sweet potatoes are also ahead in Vitamin K but are higher in sugar content (about 5 times) and sodium.
You really cant go wrong – potatoes are going to pack you with that full feeling you need to sustain your body for work and play. However, like I mentioned above. Don’t quote these great facts if you are topping with bacon, sour cream, gobs and gobs of cheese. These stats don’t quite add up the same.
Ingredients:

  • Number of Potatoes per meal. I did 4 because we make ahead for lunch the next day
  • 1 can of Corn
  • 1 Can of Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Avacado
  • Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese- I didn’t do a specific amount just a tiny bit on top!

Directions:

  1. Wrap each indiviudal potato in foil and place into the crock pot. I arranged them so they all were touching a side and bottom for optimal cooking.
  2. Cook for 4 hours on high. (This is where I will tell you guys I love my Crock Pot because it has a timer. I do not have to worry about running home between errands to turn it off and worry! They are affordable and well worth the ease!)
  3. Place beans and corn on the stove for 5 minutes or so.
  4. Take out and slice open adding your toppings and cheese if adding.
  5. Put back into the crock pot for 5- 10 minutes to allow cheese to melt.

TADA! Make sure to add these to your next grocery trip if they are not already a staple. Best of all, the ingredients are minimal and you can tailor this to meet your indiviudal taste buds.
Xoxo

Erin

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