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Today, I am going to share with you a very special recipe to me. This is one of my dads favourite vegan dishes. He's not vegan but this Loaded Sweet Potato with Kale and Chickpeas is so tasty and heartwarming that even a stubborn meat-eater loves it.
The reason why this loaded sweet potato recipe has a special place in my recipe library is that it really helped me open the door to veganism at my parents home.
Veganism is something foreign to them. My dad thinks being vegan is some kind of hipster thing. And that all your meat and dairy products are simply replaced with highly processes foods.
While growing up and raising children, they saw how most foods became more and more processed. Everything came packaged, jam-packed with salt, sugar, and preservatives. No wonder why the idea of a whole food plant based diet seems unreal to them.
Nowadays, whenever I visit my parents I am the one doing all the cooking. Not only it's my thing, but, by doing this and cleaning afterwards I give mum a break and she gets to spend that time playing and enjoying time with my son.
This has given me the chance to show my parents what veganism is really about. They see the benefits and understand my reasons a lot more now. They even have given up on processed food and they've cut down on their meat consumption!
Seeing them go through this makes me incredibly happy! It's impossible to convince someone to adopt a healthier diet. This is especially true for an adult that has been eating a certain way for many many years.
It's a bit different when it comes to kids. For instance, I don't dictate what my son has to eat, instead, I educate him about the ethical and nutritional aspects of food. That way he can make good decisions that are healthy whilst avoiding animal cruelty.
Education is key, but we can't deny the power of a delicious recipe. So let me tell you a bit more about this amazing loaded sweet potato that made my dad so happy and more health conscious.
The first thing we need is, of course, sweet potatoes. This vegetable is an absolute staple in my kitchen. They are super easy to cook and so versatile. This time I used it as a base for a delicious filling, but for my Lasagna with Spinach Ricotta and Sweet Potato recipe, I used it as a layer.
As a filling we have kale and chickpeas tossed in a soy cream and herb mix. It is super easy to make and you'll be loading up on vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, protein and carbohydrates, the good kind of carbs, of course.
This loaded sweet potato is a serious powerhouse of nutrients. With every ingredient adding tons of benefits to your diet and we're making sure your belly is full and your body properly nourished. Oh, and it looks so pretty on the table
For the sweet potato
For the filling
For the herbs
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 522||From Fat 97|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||16.5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8.7%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 97g||32.5%|
|Dietry Fiber 17g||68.2%|
|Vitamin A 0µg|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.98mg||49.1%|
|Vitamin C 78.3mg||130.5%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 2.86mg||9.5%|
|Vitamin K1 422.94µg||528.7%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 2.81mg||28.1%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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