BAKED SWEET POTATOES

I don’t know about you but I’m always a little indecisive when it comes to summertime meals – you want something healthy and light like a summer salad with a strawberry vinaigrette but salad gets old quickly and it’s nice to have a few warm meals, too.

Here’s a seasonal take on one of my winter favourites – baked potatoes with toppings!

These are light, warm, fresh and full of good stuff!

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All you need for this recipe is (serves 2-3):

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 packet of feta cheese
  • a handful of pecans
  • a stalk of broccoli
  • 2 spring onionS
  • some fresh coriander
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato1First thing to do is preheat the oven to 200°C.

Wash your sweet potatoes and prepare four bits of silver foil to wrap them up in.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato2Drizzle over a bit of olive oil and get your hands in there to rub it over the potato – I do this because I like the skin to be soft and easier to digest. If you would rather have a tough skin you can skip the silver foil and just rub on a little olive oil.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato3Poke a few holes in the potatoes with a fork (about 5 times should do) and then wrap them up in the foil, ready to pop in the oven.

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Depending on the size of the potato, it will take between 25 and 40 minutes. These ones took about 30 minutes. If you have a doubt about weather they are cooked, poke them with a skewer to check if they are soft all the way through.

While your potatoes are cooking, boil the broccoli heads in water for about 8 minutes until just soft.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato6Toast your pecans in a frying pan, no need for any oil, just watch them closely. They’ll only take a couple of minutes on a medium heat.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato5Slice the spring onions finely, chop up the coriander and crumble your feta to prepare a little mise en place.

This is a nice meal to have when friends are over as everyone can add their toppings as they like.

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Cut open the potato and season with salt and pepper.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato14And then add the toppings as you like – I did feta first so it warmed, broccoli and then the spring onions, pecans, coriander and some salt and pepper. It’s important to remember to season as you go to bring out the flavours, otherwise it’ll be a little bland.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato16And there you have it – a little foil pocketful of yum.

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato17Dig in and enjoy!

Sofia Clara - baked sweet potato20I’ll be sharing more summer favourites next week! Any special requests – feel free to leave a comment below. xS