Super Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

A baked sweet potato overflowing with hearty stuffing ingredients that make this a meal on its own! Super Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free,  yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.

Vegan, gluten-free stuffed sweet potato recipe on rickiheller.com

I have to tell you, I almost fainted when I realized I hadn’t yet posted a recipe for a stuffed baked sweet potato on the blog. I mean, we eat sweet potatoes in the RH household every single week–sometimes several times a week–in all kinds of ways from oven fries (who doesn’t love a good sweet potato oven fry?), appetizer, to soup to stew or even dessert (and one of the most popular recipes on the blog. . . this one).

Plant Powered Families

And while I do love a good baked sweet potato, it wasn’t until I got my copy of Dreena Burton’s latest cookbook, Plant-Powered Families, that it struck me to create a stuffed ‘tater meal.

You see, Dreena’s book is filled with all kinds of recipes from breakfasts to snacks and sandwiches, dips and spreads, burgers, casseroles and every kind of sweet treat you can think of; and all of them are kid-approved, too. (In our house, that means “the HH who acts like a perpetual kid”-approved).

As you likely already know, I am a long-time fan of Dreena’s recipes and one of her biggest cheerleaders: her recipes are wholesome, healthy, creative, and always (always!) delicious and reliable. Even if she weren’t my friend, I’d be sharing with you how much I love Dreena’s recipes.

Dreena Burton on rickiheller.com

[Dreena at home. . . with feline.]

In addition to all the amazing recipes, a sizable portion (more than 100 pages) of the book offers further ideas and tips for families following a plant-based diet. Part Three, “Plant-Powered Challenges and Solutions” covers how to deal with picky eaters, school lunches, and hosting (or attending) kids’ parties. In Part Four, “Plant-Powered Support,” Dreena shares some DIY staples and cooking guides along with meal plans and a whole section on “Plant-Powered FAQs.” It’s comprehensive and really informative.

What makes the book fun as well are the chapters peppered with family anecdotes, notes about which foods Dreena’s three daughters like (and photos of all of them, too). Then there’s the gorgeous food photography by Nicole Axworthy (okay, I’m biased, since Nicole did the photos for my book, Living Candida-Free, as well).

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-free Cinnamon French Toast

[Cinnamon French Toast. Photo: Nicole Axworthy]

Leafing through the book, I found myself marking page after page of recipes I’d like to try. How does Cinnamon French Toast sound? Or Chunky Monkey Smoothie? How about Lemon-Kissed Blondie Bites? And I can’t wait to make Red Lentil Hummus, Smoky Bean Chili, Artichoke Sunflower Burgers, Apple Lentil Dal, Sticky Almond Blondies, The Great Pumpkin Pie . . . . you see what I mean.

Dreena Burton's Red Lentil Hummus on rickiheller.com

[Red Lentil Hummus. Photo: Nicole Axworthy]

So, back to today’s sweet spuds. When I conjured the idea of a fully loaded baked sweet potato, of course the HH had to pipe up and reminisce about the baked potatoes of his youth: “A baked potato is supposed to be overflowing with sour cream, chives and bacon bits,” he said.

Well–HA on him! He thought he was scaring me. Thanks to Dreena’s Baconut recipe, I was able to offer all of that–and more–on our baked potatoes.

Dreena Burton's Sticky Almond Blondies on rickiheller.com

[Sticky Almond Blondies. Photo: Nicole Axworthy.]

Along with the Baconut bits and chives (I used green onion as a stand-in), my meal-in-a-spud is also topped with cashew cream (another great recipe from the book) and a hefty sprinkling of black beans for protein. All together, you have a perfectly compact meal with an array of healthful nutrients, proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, and a balance of flavors and textures. Smooth, caramelized baked potato is sweet; silky cream is rich and luscious; Baconut is smoky and crunchy; green onions are pungent and crisp; and the beans add a meaty bite with umami tones.

This was one seriously delicious, hearty meal. And thanks to Dreena, you can make it at home, too.

To see a few more recipes from the book, check out these other bloggers’ posts:

Creamy vegan fettucini “alfredo” (on The Blender Girl)
Ta-quinos (on Cooking Quinoa)
Crazy brownies (on Spabettie)
No-bake granola bars (on Welcoming Kitchen)
White bean guacamole (on Recipe Renovator)

For this recipe and over 100 more, head out to buy Dreena’s book.

You can also find Dreena on her blog, on Facebook, twitter, instagram, Pinterest and G+. 

Vegan, gluten-free stuffed sweet potato recipe

Vegan, Grain-Free Baconut recipe from Dreena Burton

[Baconut, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich. Photo: Nicole Axworthy]

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  1. There is nothing like a baked sweet potato – these sound fantastic – and Dreena’s new book has got me looking at one of her older ones that I haven’t given enough attention because I do love her recipes.

  2. Thanks so much for your feature, Ricki, and for your kind words. SO glad you and HH enjoyed the Baconut!

  3. Dreena is a superstar recipe creator! I can’t believe how good a simple sandwich even looks!

  4. I have a couple of cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge that I will have to try this recipe out on tomorrow for lunch!

  5. All of those recipes look fabulous! Can you believe I didn’t like sweet potatoes before going gluten free? I’ve been making up for lost time ever since (well, after the first couple I tried and realized what I’d been missing). You gotta love the natural sweetness of them and I love making impromptu dairy-free sauces using them. I’ve had Johnna’s (In Johnna’s Kitchen) cookies made using coconut bacon before and they were awesome, so I’m sure I’d love Dreena’s Baconut, too. 🙂

    Thanks, Ricki! xo,
    Shirley

  6. So many amazing recipes in one place. Oh, and love Dreena’s book too!

  7. Hello! Being Diabetic and all, I love sweet potatoes! They are low G.I and they are very versatile! I normally eat them just boiled with some sesame oil and sugar… but these recipes can really help me amp up my love for sweet potatoes.

  8. I’m confused. This picture looks like a yam instead of a sweet potato. When I made this recipe I bought both and both were good, but which is better for ACD? I looked up GL and got conflicting infor, one saying yam was better, one saying sweet potato better. The sweet potatoes I found were white in the center not orangish like that in your photo.

    • Clara, here in Ontario, we tend to call them both sweet potatoes. However, true yams are actually white and imported from the Caribbean; most of what people in the US and Canada call “yams” are actually sweet potatoes. So it’s likely both were sweet potatoes, and I imagine there isn’t much difference between them. Here’s an article outlining the differences. Either way, hope it tasted good!

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