Last night, after a full day of work, and picking up my child from daycare, I cooked dinner.
That may not sound like a big deal, but I assure you it is. I think even Adeline was surprised. Being a full time working mom is no joke, and we’ve big time relied on Adam to cook dinner most nights. Yep, my “wifely duty” of cooking dinner is kind of like the biggest joke ever. But last night, I totally won at mom life!
I found a similar recipe online, couldn’t tell you where, and I decided to go for it and whip that bad boy up.
I give you…
Sweet Potato Bowls with Goat Cheese and Chicken Apple Sausage
The original recipe was actually for twice baked potatoes, but who has time for that? Not this girl. Microwave those pots and throw that skin away! It also called for kale, which is cool and healthy and all, but I didn’t feel like going to the store, or being overly healthy. So there’s that.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1 3.5 oz container of goat cheese (you’ll probably only want to use about half though, goat cheese is really rich)
- 2 links chicken apple sausage
- 1/2 can of black beans
- chopped cilantro
- handful of diced onion
- 2 Tbsp butter
- garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350. (Doesn’t every great recipe cook at 350?)
First, microwave your sweet potatoes until they’re soft enough to scoop out the insides. If you have all the free time in the world, you can bake them, which is obviously preferred. I put all three on a plate, and pushed the “potato” button on our microwave, then caught up on Dancing With The Stars, while Adeline ate a little snacky-snack. I call that multi-tasking. I had to actually microwave them twice to get them all cooked enough.
Next, put your black beans on the stove, and go ahead and cook them while you chop up your chicken apple sausage, cilantro, and dice your onion. While your beans cook, and while you scoop out your potato innards, you can go ahead and cook your chicken apple sausage in the microwave as well. (Or you can cook it in a skillet, but I just microwave it for time’s sake. Each brand may be a little different, but the kind we buy takes about 1.5 minutes on the regular high setting.)
Put your sweet potatoes in a big bowl, then add butter, and mash until the butter is melted.
Quick break to entertain the child.
In your mixer, (we used our new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!! Eeek!), put your potatoes, and mix until good and smooth. Then slowly add the other ingredients, mixing until everything is mixed thoroughly. I added the onion, cilantro, goat cheese, black beans, chicken apple sausage, then salt, pepper, and garlic powder – in that order.
Next, put your mixture in an oven-safe dish, and bake for ~15 minutes, until the tops of the potatoes look slightly crispy/toasted.
Serve ’em up! Preferably in cute bowls. These are from the Pioneer Woman and were a gift from our SIL!
It might seem weird eating a bowl of sweet potatoes for dinner, but had they been in their skin like real twice-baked potatoes, it wouldn’t have been much different. Also, these are loaded with extra protein and tons of flavor! I always get into the rut of strictly making my sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon, so this was a great change.
Let me know if you try them out!