This is a really simple way to dress up your veggies, fats, and proteins before or after a workout.
I simply grab a sweet potato, wrap it in cling wrap, and pop it in the microwave on the “potato” setting. It’s done in around 6 minutes.
Then I add 1 thumb of fat (coconut oil or Kerrygold butter for example) and add 1 palm protein (like Chris’s Perfect Chicken Burgers), and 1-2 fists of veggies.
A whole sweet potato is easily 2-4 cupped hands of complex carbs so I pay attention to my portions.
And since I eat slowly and to 80% full, I rarely eat the whole potato. When I make this, it is nearly always at least 2, if not 3 meals for me.
Sweet potatos are always great to dress up. You can dress them up for breakfast by adding an egg, butter, and homemade breakfast sausage or bacon.
You could even put a serving of your favorite Easy Basic Breakfast Casserole inside the cooked sweet potato and be done with it!
Tired of adding coconut oil or butter to your potatos? Try plain old Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the Kale Pesto for even more variety.
Print Recipe Loaded Sweet Potato (and ideas for variations)
Using a complex, low-glycemic starchy carb like sweet potato as a base, add whatever protein, fat, and veggies you want to make this a fun and interesting variation on your weekly meal prep. Looking for carbs around your workout? This is a great option. Eat half of this meal 1 hour before your workout. Eat the second half after your workout, especially if you are doing strength training. (Starchy carbs are optional.) Here's my general loaded sweet potato template:
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 palm protein like Chris's Perfect Chicken or Lamb Burgers
- 1-2 fists veggies like kale, spinach, or power greens
- 1-2 thumbs fat like coconut oil, Kerrygold butter, Kale Pesto, or extra virgin olive oil
- bonus herbs or veggie toppings like cilantro or chopped scallions (the green part) Below are the ingredients to the pictured sweet potato.
| Cook Time || 6-ish minutes in microwave|
Wrap the sweet potato in cling wrap.
Put potato in the microwave to cook using your microwave's "potato" setting. (usually about 6 minutes cook time)
While the potato is cooking, put 1/2-1 thumb fat into a pan. Toss in your toppings and warm to desired temperature. Usually 1-2 minutes. In the photo, I added black beans, curly kale, and Chris's Perfect Lamb Burgers. I put coconut oil in the pan to melt, then added the black beans and lamb to warm in the oil. I went ahead and threw the fresh kale (which I tore into bite sized pieces with my hand) into the pan to wilt. It takes about 1-2 minute to wilt to my liking which is the same amount of time I needed to warm the beans and protein. I keep things simple. Nothin' fancy.)
When the potato is done, cut it open on a plate. Add your toppings from the pan (or microwave if you are warming something up like the Easy Basic Breakfast Casserole).
Add 1 thumb of fat over everything, if desired. Enjoy!
Eat slowly to 80% full. Save the rest to eat later!