A baked sweet potato is one of easiest recipes you could hope to make. Regardless, I am unapologetic in my sharing of this one … It might be merely a bit of foil wrapping, baking, mashing and dolloping, but done right, (with super tasty toppings,) my oh my is it a dish to behold. It might not be a showstopper, but it hits bullseye for healthy comfort food. Throw in a pair of leggings, an episode of Bloodline and a chai latte (recipe in The Naked Diet) and you’ve got the best night in sorted!
This one I created especially for Simple. Packed with mega, omega-3 avocado, protein-rich chickpeas and tasty goats cheese. It is certainly one of the most skin-loving of comfort foods. Exactly what the body needs for a chilly winters night.
For so many women, healthy, glowing skin is as much of a contender in having a good diet as overall wellness and weight. When its looking good, it’s a big confidence booster and definitely helps encourage a more positive outlook on life.
Keeping skin looking fresh and healthy is definitely largely to do with what goes in. The other part is what goes on the skin. As much as I like to make my own face masks with ingredients that I also use in my cooking (like avocado and oats,) for me ease and speed is a big factor in my daily routine. I use a mixture of products depending on the time of year, (for winter I love Pai’s rosehip night oil, to prevent scaly lizard effect skin) but I always come back to Simple’s micellar products, especially the wipes. Keeping a packet, to hand in my yoga bag, is a great way to keep fresh and pong free for meetings, if there is no time to shower post-class. I also use it after cooking, to refresh my skin. Having naturally combination skin, they are light and leave no trace, making them the perfect antidote for an oven induced facial steaming.
Baked Sweet Potato with Guacamole, Houmous and Goats Cheese Recipe
You might wonder why I have opted for sweet potato instead of the normal spud. Well, it’s simply because they are a great source of carotene, vitamins a, c and e (all of which are great for skin) They are also and are lower in calories than potato pals and quicker to cook too.
If you prefer, feel free to omit the goats cheese, in favour of some tahini, for a vegan option. Also, for a double pack of skin loving foods, I like to eat this with my delicious Avocado ‘skin glowing’ Smoothie too.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 100g (½ pot) good quality houmous, I use Moorish
- 1 large avocado
- Juice of ¼ lemon
- 2-3 tbs chopped coriander leaves
- 1 small clove of garlic, grated
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 50g goats cheese, chopped
- a handful salad leaves, to serve
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees/ gas mark 4.
Wrap each sweet potato in foil, to prevent any oozing juices. Place both sweet potatoes in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until soft all the way through.
Meanwhile make the guacamole by mashing the avocado in a bowl with the garlic, lemon, coriander, olive oil, a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper.
Once cooked, carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Split them open, place onto the two plates. Dollop over the houmous, then the guacamole.
Cut the goats cheese into disks (or crumble with your fingers, depending on the goats cheese you use) and push each disk, or piece, into the soft guacamole.
Finish with a final squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, and little extra salt and pepper alongside some dressed salad leaves.
Hey presto a super baked ‘skin loving’ sweet potato. Enjoy hot.