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Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Posted by memeinge
December 02, 2014
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This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

This four ingredient recipe takes advantage of leftovers for a delicious meal that costs next to nothing.

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Creatively using your leftovers is one of the best methods for cutting food costs, but leftovers don’t have to be boring. I repeat: leftovers don't have to be boring!! {Hooray!}

Leftovers can be delicious while saving you money, time, and effort.

This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

Take these Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for example. Their name may be long but their ingredients list is not. They require only 4 ingredients {5 if you want cheese} and take serious advantage of leftover Thanksgiving staples - sweet potatoes and turkey.

I always overbuy sweet potatoes and then have them sitting around come December. Then there’s turkey - the Thanksgiving staple that we always have leftovers of. Always. {Here are 11 Ways to Cook Leftover Turkey if you need more ideas!}

This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

But the beauty of this recipe is that it doesn't have to be made only after Thanksgiving. You can make it year round. It’s incredibly tasty with chicken instead of turkey. {I make a whole roasted chicken and then freeze any extra cooked chicken}.

I love how easy this is to throw together. And I love that it’s served in its own cute little potato package. Adorable, right? Right

And you know what’s even more adorable than the way these look? Their price per serving… $1.38! Yeah, you read that right... One dollar and thirty-eight cents per serving. I calculated it 8 times {see below for price breakdown} and did a little happy dance in my kitchen.

This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

To top it all off, these are healthy little bundles of goodness. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber and vitamin A, chicken and black beans stuff these babies with healthy lean protein, and salsa adds more veggies to the mix. Add a little freshly grated cheese if desired and maybe even a sprinkling of chopped cilantro if you're feeling fancy {i.e. you remembered to pick some up from the grocery store which I clearly did not} and you've got yourself an easy, healthy, inexpensive, and delicious meal. Enjoy!

Here's the breakdown for the recipe cost:
2 ounces cooked chicken* {about 1/8 of a whole chicken} from a roasted chicken $1.05
one can of organic, no salt added, BPA-free black beans $2.29
1/2 cup jarred salsa from 24 oz. jar $0.68
1.5 pounds sweet potatoes {using typical price at my local grocery store even though I got them on sale} $1.48

The total cost is $5.50 ~ $1.38 per serving!! Take that people that think eating healthy has to be expensive!! Oh and you can probably get most of the ingredients on sale {which I did}, and my total for this meal ended up being less than $1 per serving. Boom!

*Note: I used chicken to calculate the cost of the recipe because it's easier and cheaper to cook a whole roasted chicken {or cook it in a crock-pot} than it is to buy and cook a whole turkey, in my opinion.

This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

These Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes require just 4 ingredients and are a great way to use up leftovers!
This recipe for four ingredient Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers for dinner.

Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoe​s

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes {about 1.5 pounds total}
  • 2 ounces cooked chicken {about 1/2 cup cooked}
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and well-drained {about 1 3/4 cup}
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 2 oz. freshly grated cheese {about 1/2 cup}, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*F. Scrub sweet potatoes and poke a few times with a knife. Wrap in foil {if desired - for easy cleanup} and bake on a baking sheet for 1 hour. [or cook potatoes in a microwave for 4-8 minutes per potato]

  2. Take potatoes out of oven and let cool for a few minutes. Unwrap and slice in half {from end to end}. Transfer potato halves to a baking sheet.

  3. Meanwhile, stir together chicken, black beans, and salsa.

  4. Use a spoon to scoop out some {about a tablespoon or so} of the inside of each sweet potato to make some room for your filling. Pack about 1/3 to 1/2 cup chicken-bean-salsa filling onto each potato.

  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until filling is hot. Serve or if desired, top each potato with about 2 tablespoons of cheese and bake another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

    Note: depending on the size of the potato, you'll need about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup filling per potato. The recipe makes just about 3 cups filling.

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Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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