I was craving a sweet potato for lunch today. I guess it is the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner that has got me starting to think about them again.

Usually, I just pop my potato in the microwave and mash the insides with a Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese wedge. The cheese adds so much creaminess and really enhances the natural sweetness of the potato. However, since today was Sunday I decided to try my hand at making a nutrient and fiber-rich variation on twice baked potatoes.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Chickpeas (serves 4)

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 4 finely chopped scallions
  • 4 wedges of Light Swiss Laughing Cow cheese
  • 3/4 tsp of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • Optional: chili sauce, lime wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and prick the potatoes with a fork. Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 45 mins to an hour.

Meanwhile, lightly spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and saute the scallions until wilted and slightly browned. Cut the baked potatoes open and allow to cool slightly  (leave your oven on). Scoop the insides of the potatoes into a bowl and reserve the skins. Add scallions, Laughing Cow wedges, chili powder and salt and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Evenly distribute the mixture among the reserved potato skins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Sprinkle with crispy chickpeas and drizzle with chili sauce. Serve lime wedges on the side (or sprinkle with more chopped scallions).

To make the crispy chickpeas I followed this recipe by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean. They turned out perfectly with crunchy shells and creamy insides.

I loved all the flavors and textures in this dish and thought the chickpeas paired well with the sweet potatoes. Add a piece of maple-glazed tofu and you would have a light and delicious fall dinner.

Oh, btw did you know that today was the last day for Starbucks BOGO on their fall-flavored drinks? Since it was a beautiful 60 degrees in Ohio this afternoon, my sister and I decide to walk to Starbucks. We don’t get to hang out as much now that we are both either working or in college so it was great to catch-up over gingerbread lattes.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Sunday as well!