A Potato fit for a King

You frequently see Sweet Potatoes on the dinner menu here because they’re inexpensive, full of nutrients, a starch alternative (to pasta, rice, bread, etc), and extremely versatile (as is any potato). Our grocery cart contained four last weekend; last night I wanted to try something a little different.

Broccoli Stuffed SPs

2 Sweet Potatoes
Cinnamon
Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 c Broccoli Florets

Wash the SPs and poke with a fork, then stick in the Microwave for ~4-6 minutes (depends on the size). I used frozen broccoli (microwaved for ~2 minutes) – the nutrient profile is no different when you use frozen vs fresh. Actually, frozen broccoli may have a greater concentration of nutrients if you choose the bag of Florets (where most of the nutrients are found). I love having an abundance of frozen veggies so I don’t feel rushed to use them, they’re just around when my taste buds call.

Did you know that Broccoli is considered, by some, the “king” of vegetables? It’s quite the powerhouse!

One cup of cooked broccoli will bring the following to your plate:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C*
  • Folic Acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron*
  • Fiber
  • B Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6
  • Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc

Sources: Vegetarians in Paradise, Nutrition Data

Amazing, right? All of those nutrients, packed into a handful of florets.!

*Another fun fact: Vitamin C helps the body absorb Iron. Pairing the two together helps your body absorb Iron more efficiently!

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The rest of that dinner plate will be featured this Friday, for a focus on Tempeh. Stay tuned. 😉

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9 responses to “A Potato fit for a King

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  2. Lacey

    i finally picked up SPs!!!! i’ve just been zapping them in the microwave. super easy. i hadn’t even thought to stuff them, and this looks AMAZING 🙂 broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables!!! so.. i have always wondered… are there any nutrients in the stalk of the brocc??

  3. Lacey

    and lol “stalk of the brocc” just reminded me of those kids books… did you read “Bunnicula” i think there was one called “The Celery Stalks At Midnight” hahah 🙂 ahhhhh i am overtired today.

  4. I’m loving your stuffed SP ideas. YUM!

  5. Elizabeth

    I want that stuffed sweet potato. Nowwww. Was it enough to be a meal on its own?

  6. I kind of forget about how awesome brocolli is for the bod. Just bought some today thanks to your reminder. This looks like an awesome potato bar (but healthier) like we used to have in elementary school.

  7. I have to tell you that I picked up a SP on a planned trip to Whole Foods after my swim today… stuffed it with not only broccoli, but corn kernels, black beans, salsa … topped with a little reduced-fat Cabot cheddar cheese … and called it my own, personal, healthy Cinco de Mayo celebration! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. you are such the cook! i seriously need you to make me some meals…

    a. i wouldnt be so picky.

    b. i wouldnt have to cook or worry about food!

    LOL

  9. Pingback: Friday Food Focus: Tempeh « Dietitian on the Run

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