Chickpea-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Spinach and Tahini Sauce

Recipe: Chickpea-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Spinach and Tahini Sauce

If you are looking for an easy meatless Monday meal that is packed with beauty nutrients, try these stuffed sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body, and keeps skin smooth and soft. Spinach and chickpeas make this recipe high in iron, which is essential for keeping hair lustrous and protecting nails from becoming brittle. Plant-based iron is best absorbed when consumed with vitamin C, which this recipe has plenty of from the sweet potatoes. Plus, this recipe is high in fiber, which helps you feel full and can aid in weight loss.

 

Ingredients:

4 medium sweet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise

For the garlic spinach:

1 teaspoon olive oil

9 cups spinach, chopped and de-stemmed

2 cloves garlic, minced

Pinch of salt

For the chickpeas:

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric

1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger

For the tahini sauce:

2 tablespoons tahini

1⁄2 tablespoon maple syrup

1 1⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sweet potatoes face-down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and baked for 25-30 minutes, or until they are soft.

Heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add spinach and salt and cook until spinach is wilted.

In a large pan, add maple syrup, soy sauce, turmeric, and ginger. Mix and heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Add in the chickpeas and cook until all of this liquid is gone, stirring every so often.

In a small bowl, combine tahini, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth. You may need to add some water to adjust the consistency.

To assemble the sweet potatoes, place spinach on sweet potato half followed by the chickpeas. Drizzle with the tahini sauce.

Yields: 4 servings

Per serving:307 calories, 11 g protein, 51 g carbohydrates, 11.5 g fiber, 10.4 g sugars, 7.7 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 760.8 mg sodium, 159.5 mg calcium, 0 g omega-3 fats, 24460.4 IU vitamin A, 24 mg vitamin C, 0.5 mg vitamin E, 4.7 mg iron, 1.3 mg zinc

Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D.,
is the author of THE BEAUTY DIET and STRONG, SLIM, and 30! For more of Lisa’s Beauty Bites, visit www.lisadrayer.com.

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