Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sweet Potatoes + Avocados = Heaven

Before I begin today's post, I would like to address a couple questions I have received in my comment section:

1) Someone asked me where I get my nutritional analysis from when I supply the nutrition facts on my posts. I get them from the CALORIE COUNT website! You have to create a member name and password, then you will have access to the recipe analysis.

2) I was asked how I make my frozen yogurt/ice cream. I use a Cuisine Art ice cream maker (the best investment I've made in my life) and all of my recipes are on my side bar under "Desserts", with the rest of my recipes (not the 2010 cookbook recipes, but further down).

Ok, now on to today's post!

When Jessica posted this recipe for chili cheese sweet potato fries, I knew I had to make it! Lately Nick has been telling me he's sick of all the sweet potatoes I keep making (SICK OF THEM?! No way. Not possible). So when I saw this recipe on Jessica's blog I knew I could suck Nick back into the world of the fabulous sweet potato. And I did.

Here is my modified version of Jessica's Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Fries

(serves 2)

2 large sweet potatoes
4 ounces lean ground beef (90/20)
1/2 cup reduced fat cheese
1/2 cup black beans
1/4 cup avocado slices
1/4 cup sliced marinated bell pepper
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
10 sprays of EVOO


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into thick, long steak fries (or chunks of that's what you prefer). Spray with EVOO, sprinkle with pepper, cumin, and cayenne. Put into the oven for about 35-45 minutes.

2) Prepare the ground beef however you'd like. Meanwhile, slice the avocado, open the can of beans, the jar of marinated bell pepper (or use plain sliced bell pepper), and measure out the shredded cheese.

3) Once the sweet potatoes are finished baking, take them out and lay them in a bowl or on a plate. Top them with the meat, beans, avocado, peppers, and cheese. Zap in microwave for about 1 minute (or put these all in the oven and heat for about 10 minutes, if you don't like to use the microwave!).

Nutritional Benefits

- Beta carotene (precursor to vitamin A)

- Calcium

- Fiber (insoluble and soluble)

- Monounsaturated fat

- Lignans (a type of phytoestrogen that may prevent the growth of hormone-sensitive cancers)

Rating: 10 out of 10

Avocado Nutritional Benefits

Sadly I can't eat avocados because they are high in fructose (and on the FODMAP list). However, avocados are such a healthy food so I manage to sneak them in my diet on occasion (when I don't plan on being in public afterwards). Here are some reasons to eat avocados!

- They are available all year round

- One ounce has about 5 grams of fat, most of which is the "healthy monounsaturated fat"

- Research suggests avocados may help improve blood lipids, benefit weight loss attempts, and help maintain glycemic control

- Avocado is a great substitute for spreads, as it contains significantly less saturated fat and calories than butter or mayonnaise

- Avocados contain folate, potassium, vitamins C, and E, vitamin K, and fiber

- Avocados contain zeaxanthin and lutein (two types of carotenoids), which benefit the eye (similar to spinach)

Question: What's your favorite way to use avocado? And, have you tried sweet potatoes with avocados?!

SPEAKING OF nutritional benefits....win some Clif red wine here!

Coming Up

Later today I'm subbing for someone at my old job, The Central Ohio Nutrition Center. I'm actually pretty excited, as it was a fun part-time job (and a great job for any new RDs out there!).

Thanks for reading everyone, and have a great day!


  1. I am so glad you liked it! Your version looks DELICIOUS!

  2. Great recipe! Love the idea of these!

    I love avocados - especially in guacamole!

  3. Yum!!! I'd love to make a vegetarian version of these fries!

    Avocados = Bliss. I could eat them every day...and practically do! :-)

  4. I love avocados in everything! My favorite way to eat them is blending some cooked veggies and avocado, and then putting that on top of a pizza crust, or some amazing slice of bread.Of course, freshly ground pepper on top is a must:)

  5. Oh my mouth is watering...I am going to the store. Like now. Yumm!!
    I am so obsessed with avocados. I like them just cut up into chunks and thrown into anything...pizza, sandwhiches, wraps, on crackers...I eat them all the time!

  6. i cant even believe how sinful that delicious meal looks. id never used avos with sweet potatoes before, but i think my fav way to eat avos are on salads or in sanwiches.. yup im pretty simple that way,

  7. Awesome recipe! Looks great. These are two of my favorite foods!

  8. I make a great dish that is basically a slow baked Sweet potato with an avocado cream sauce! It is to d i e for!

  9. oh heck yes, sweet potato AND avocado? you are my hero! such a great combo

  10. Those look so delicious...I LOVE sweet potatoes. I have had avocado once in my entire life (I know, I know...blogosphere blasphemy). Going to make this, for sure- all my favourite ingredients!

    Calorie Count is such a great site for recipe analyzing- how do you get the table for your blog? I haven't been able to copy/paste it when I use it.

  11. I love avocado and sweet potatoes! Holy Yum!!! Great combination :)

  12. oh my two of my favs! sweet potaoes and avocado! thanks for the shout out too Gina!

  13. Oooh maybe this will work to get my hubby to start saying he LIKES sweet potatoes! :)

  14. I miss my Cuisine Art Ice Cream Maker. It went "bust" this past summer. There has to be another way to make good ice cream.

    Love the avocado and sweet potato recipe. So healthy and I bet it tastes so good!

  15. Sweet potato and avocado- 2 of my things seriously! My husband isn't a big sweet potato fan so maybe this recipe can trick him into liking them.

  16. wow that recipe looks amazing! I loveeee avocado. For lunch I had Avocado, portobello, tomato & hummus on 7-grain focaccia. It was pure heaven.

  17. Man. I wish I didn't just eat dinner or that would be on the menu. Tomorrow..oh yes..it's on!!

    I don't think I could ever get sick of sweet potatoes.

  18. oh my god. that recipe looks FANTASTIC :) holy yum.
    i just got into avocados and am loving how shiny my hair is lately :)

  19. I saw these on Jessica's blog too! Now I really need to give them a try! I really like how you add the nutritional information about the food you are consuming to your readers. Very informative!

  20. Yum, avocados are one of my favorites. My favorite way to eat them is to probably whip up some guacamole!

  21. I never in a million years would have put avocado and sweet potatoes in the same dish...let alone the same plate! I have to say I'll try anything once (or twice!)

  22. This recipe looks AMAZING! I love avocado in my wraps or just as guacamole :)

  23. Congrats on the new domain. Sorry about losing your blogs list, I hate losing anything when it comes to blogging!