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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!)
- Place beans and corn on the stove for 5 minutes or so.
- Take out and slice open adding your toppings and cheese if adding.
- 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.