As usual, when it comes to anything health-related, I feel I need to speak to a professional for advice even if it’s just to confirm something I already know. So, when considering how to go about adding more meat to my diet, I asked my personal trainer. He advised I stick to lean turkey as a go-to to avoid going my daily limit of fat and said to stay away from pasta and other foods heavy in starches and carbs. Since potatoes are a constant part of my weekly dinner routine, he offered up an alternative: sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a lot more nutritional value than your regular spud with 400% of your daily need for vitamin A in one serving as well as plenty of fiber, potassium, and other important nutrients. Plus, they taste great in both sweet and savory dishes. With my trainer’s advice in mind, I decided to try a dish with both of his suggestions. I’ve repeated the dish several times since. Read below for the recipe of this healthy and filling alternative to your usual meat and potatoes dish.
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 a lb of lean ground turkey
1 sweet potato, cubed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup shredded cheese(optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook onion in olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add turkey, preferably Jennie-O, and once the meat is cooked through, stir in sweet potato cubes and cover for 3 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add chili powder, salt, and pepper and stir until mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle with cheese for added taste.