Stuffed sweet potatoes are one of my favorite meals. I can make almost anything and it’s infinitely more delicious if I stuff it into a sweet potato. I’m sure there are exceptions to this. Like I’ve never tried to stuff stir fry into a sweet potato. But that probably wouldn’t be that terrible of an idea. These barbecue turkey ones were yet another use I found for my clean eating barbecue sauce. I threw in colored peppers and onions because I feel those go well with barbecue. Let’s be honest though, onions can go in everything. Peppers are rather versatile too.
They are pretty simple to make too either for a one time family meal or if you’re a meal prepper like myself. The sweet potatoes can go in the oven while you’re cooking the meat and vegetables. I sautee the vegetables separate from the turkey. Drain the meat when it browns and add the cooked vegetables. While the meat is cooking you can also whip up the barbecue sauce in a blender. Then combine everything in the pan to heat it through.
For leftovers, I’ll microwave half a large sweet potato for a minute, stuff the barbecue turkey mixture in it and heat it up again for another minute or two. This highly depends on your microwave strength though. I have a brand new microwave at home that heats things up in 30 seconds but the one I use at work is 700 Watts and incredibly old. It takes more like 3 minutes to heat anything in that sucker.
I store baked sweet potatoes either in a container together, or individually wrapped in foil. I like to let them cool completely before storing them though or else a lot of moisture builds up and they start to taste funny over time.
- 2 lbs ground turkey 93% lean
- 1 jar Clean Eating Barbecue Sauce see notes if paleo
- 1 bag mini colored peppers, sliced or diced
- 2 onions small-medium
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 4 large sweet potatoes
Preaheat oven to 425 degrees. Poke holes in each sweet potato, wrap them in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a fork can easily poke all the way through.
While potatoes bake, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sautee minced garlic for about a minute. Add peppers and onions and cook for several minutes, stirring often, until desired softeness is reached.
While vegetables are cooking, heat another tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. Break it up and stir it often as it cooks.
While meat cooks make the barbecue sauce in a blender
Drain the liquid from the meat. Combine vegetables and sauce into the pan with the turkey. Stir everything and simmer on low for 5-10 minutes until sauce has heated through.
To serve, cut a sweet potato in half, mash down the center a bit with a fork and scoop the turkey mixture into it. Dig in!
*My barbecue sauce calls for Worcestershire sauce. If you're strictly Paleo you can leave this out or use your own Paleo barbecue sauce recipe. I can't vouch for how it would taste without it.
**Nutrition: (per 150g of sweet potato) Calories: 358 Fat: 8g Carbs: 50g Protein: 29g