Clean Protein recipe of the week: Smokey sweet potato boats

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Sliced sweet potato

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Smokey sweet potato boats 

From Jenny Bradley for Miyoko’s Kitchen 

Makes 2 servings 

“Sweet potatoes + cheese + black beans = delicious protein heaven. Order Miyoko’s cheese online if you can’t find it in the grocery store!”

— Kathy Freston 
Smoky sweet potatoes
Aged english smoked farmhouse plant-based cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°F. 

Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast them until they are soft, 40 to 50 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Unwrap them and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inside, leaving enough sweet potato intact to make sturdy sweet potato boats. 

Return these to the oven, cut-side down, unwrapped, and bake for 10 more minutes, then set aside. 

Sweet potatoes baking in oven

While they are baking, sauté the shallot and garlic with the olive oil over medium heat in a medium-size skillet just until the shallots are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the black beans and warm through. Add the spinach, stir, and cook 1 more minute. Add salt and pepper to taste, and set aside. 

In a small pot, heat the soy milk over medium heat, and add the 1/2 wheel of cheese. Whisk together until the cheese has melted. Fill the sweet potato boats with the black bean and spinach mixture, and pour the cheese sauce on top. Top with any or all of the garnishes.

BOOM! Simple, delicious, and (clean) protein-packed. 



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Emily Byrd