Sep 6
2013

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta

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Whether you enjoy this as a lunch for one, or a tasty side dish, these stuffed sweet potatoes with spinach, hummus and feta have fantastic flavor.
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Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this in a public forum, but I’ve started carrying on animated conversations with our two cats. I tried to include our black lab, too, but she just gave me a polite tail wag then flopped to the floor at my feet. This is how lunchtime goes, now that the kids are back to school.

And then there is the issue of what to eat when I’m just preparing lunch for one. Often I turn to Low-Fat Salmon Salad with Capers or Low-Fat Chicken Salad with Curry & Apricots, or whatever leftovers may be idling in the fridge. But lately I’ve been experimenting with more meatless lunchtime options, such as Spiced Mushroom, Chickpea & Tomato Stew that I made last week.

This particular recipe came from a good rummage around the fridge. The day before, I bought sweet potatoes for another recipe and had a couple of them left over, as well as a bunch of spinach. Feta, garlic and hummus are all regulars in my fridge. So, I felt as though I spent about a dollar on this recipe.

And what did I get out of that dollar? A healthy vegetarian lunch, packed with fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are also known to have a low glycemic index, making them an ideal option for those who are monitoring their blood sugar levels.

And oh, the flavors are fantastic. I “mm”-d and “yum”-d so much that the cats looked at me with curiosity for a moment or two before re-tucking their heads under their tails. That’s just fine…I’m happy to chat to myself when the subject is good food.

While this works well as a light lunch, you could also serve half of a stuffed sweet potato as a side dish.

The recipe:

With a fork, pierce the sweet potato in several places. Place the sweet potato in the microwave, on top of a piece of paper towel, and cook for 3 minutes per side (about 6 minutes total), or until the sweet potato is tender when pierced with a fork.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #sweetpotato

Let the sweet potato cool for several minutes, or until cool enough to handle. Cut in half lengthwise.

Carefully scoop out the flesh of the potato and place in a medium-sized bowl. Reserve the skins.

With the back of a fork, mash the potato flesh until most lumps are gone.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #sweetpotato

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #sweetpotato

Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute.

Add the spinach mixture to the mashed sweet potato, along with the hummus, feta cheese and ground pepper. Stir gently to combine.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #sweetpotato

Scoop the sweet potato mixture into the reserved sweet potato skins. Serve.

Other sweet potato recipes:

Sweet Potato Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Twice-Baked Sweet Potato (Yam) with Chipotle Pecan Streusel
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chinese Five-Spice Powder
DiepLicious’ Zucchini, Sweet Potato & Leek Fritters
A Touch of Zest’s Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas
Tried & Tasty’s Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe with Spinach, Hummus & Feta
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups (lightly packed) spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
Instructions
  1. With a fork, pierce the sweet potato in several places. Place the sweet potato in the microwave, on top of a piece of paper towel, and cook for 3 minutes per side (about 6 minutes total), or until the sweet potato is tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Let the sweet potato cool for several minutes, or until cool enough to handle. Cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Carefully scoop out the flesh of the potato and place in a medium-sized bowl. Reserve the skins.
  4. With the back of a fork, mash the potato flesh until most lumps are gone.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute.
  7. Add the spinach mixture to the mashed sweet potato, along with the hummus, feta cheese and ground pepper. Stir gently to combine.
  8. Scoop the sweet potato mixture into the reserved sweet potato skins. Serve.
Notes
Calories 233.1 / Total Fat 10.9g / Saturated Fat 3.3g / Cholesterol 12.6mg / Sodium 307.1mg / Total Carbohydrates 29.4g / Fiber 5.6g / Sugar 9.9g / Protein 7.2g / WW (Old Points) 5 / WW (Points+) 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 stuffed sweet potato halves Calories: 233 cal Fat: Total Fat 10.9g / Saturated Fat 3.3g

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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

I’m not going to lie – I’m a little jealous of everyone’s peaceful kid-free lunches now that school is in season but I also know I’ll be crying in a ball when that happens. :) We eat sweet potatoes for lunch all the time – love how you added spinach and feta!!

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2 Tieghan September 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

These look awesome! I love stuffed sweet potatoes and have two recipe for them that I love! But this recipe is killer! I cannot wait to try it soon!

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3 Jenna September 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

This is one good looking sweet potato!! Cant wait to give this a try!

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4 Olena@iFOODreal September 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

I’m with Liz on this one. I’m super jealous that some people are able to have lunch without a whiny toddler who refused to nap or potty train. Don’t be jealous of me, please. This looks great, Dara!

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5 Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg September 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

Yummm, this is my kind of one person lunch. I was just thinking that I want to use the sweet potatoes I have. Now I know what to do with them!
Thanks!

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I love stuffed sweet potatoes, fab filling idea!

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7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

This looks fabulous, and is such a unique idea! I love stuffed sweet potatoes!

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8 Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon.com September 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Stuffed sweet potatoes are such a great alternative to regular white potatoes! Your recipe sounds delicious, I love the combination of flavors. It’s the perfect meatless Monday lunch!

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9 Kalyn September 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

That looks like a delicious lunch to me!

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10 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Love this, Dara!

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11 Laurie {Simply Scratch} September 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I love sweet potatoes and adding spinach and feta is such a great idea!

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12 lilian @chinesegrandma September 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

yum dara, i want to have lunch at your house!

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13 Deborah September 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I am totally drooling over this – what a great lunch!

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14 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts September 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

Dara,
Your sweet potato lunch looks delicious. My daughter frequently comes home for lunch, but still, it’s a rummage around in the fridge for some tasty ingredients.
I love how well you treat yourself when you’re lunching on your own.
Thanks!

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15 Dara @how_to_eat September 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Sweet potato, hummus, and feta, together in an edible bowl? What could be better! Can’t wait to try it, thanks for posting.

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16 Cassie September 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I talk to our cat in a very animated way and I’m starting to think she understands me!

I love this meal, Dara. “Clean out the fridge” meals are sometimes the best!

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17 Jess S. @ Floptimism September 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I absolutely love a good stuffed sweet potato (or, ok, really any kind of sweet potato). These look so delicious! I’ve never tried pairing it with feta before.

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18 Sandy Coughlin September 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love stuffed sweet potatoes! So healthy and delicious.

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19 kelley September 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

I could eat sweet potatoes every day! I love this version- so healthy and light. The colors are gorgeous too!

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20 Traci September 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

Love this! I am always trying to find more sweet potato recipes that I can try. I get stuck in a rut. Thank you for making this delicious healthy version for me to try!

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21 Paula September 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I removed the garlic to make the recipe safe for heartburn: http://lowacidyum.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/chard-stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

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22 Lisa June 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

This sounds really good. What kind of hummus do you use?

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23 Dara June 19, 2014 at 9:13 am

Lisa, I use Sabra hummus, but use your favorite. I hope you enjoy it!

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24 Jose July 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Loved this recipe. Tweaked it a bit and added shredded carrots to the mix, topped with shredded Parmesan and threw it in the oven at 400 for 5 minutes. Awesome!

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25 Scanner November 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Great idea for a simple 10 ingredient or less dish. (it’s pretty much 5 ingredients or less).

I used a bit more hummus, for my protein needs and just did a pat of butter b/c I had no feta. (because everything deserves butter or bacon). The butter and potato/spinach go well in the American palate, but next time I will try feta definitely.

Filling.

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