Loaded Sweet Potato

Happy February! I honestly can't believe I'm already saying that because I feel like new years day was just yesterday. Usually, I'm more excited about the month of January because it's ya girls birthday month; but for some reason, February's got me in such a good mood! Maybe it's because it's the month of loveeeeeee. Or the fact that it's one of the last months of winter (impatiently waiting for warm weather over here). But whatever the reason, I'm finding myself to be so hopeful, overjoyed, inspired, optimistic and just in a lovely mood. No, I do not have a boy in my life to take me out on V-day or shower me with dark chocolate, but I think that's why I'm so happy. The thing is, being single in the month of love can only be a lonely thing if you let it. Why do we forget that self-love is still love. Sure, having a companion and being with someone you love is amazing, but you don't need boys!! Celebrate you, buy yourself some flowers, schedule a massage, get your nails done did, read a good book in a coffee shop, go see fifty shades with your best friend, do a face mask, light a candle, & cozy up with some tea and all the dang dark chocolate and/or halo top ice cream that your heart desires. And no. There's nothing "sad" about enjoying time with yourself! Love brings us so much joy, but there's something so empowering about truly loving yourself. I promise, it will put you over the moon.

You're probably wondering why this post is titled Loaded Sweet Potato and why, for the last 5 minutes, I've been talking about self love and February. Well, friends, I have a problem of getting sidetracked. BUT RANT OVER. I'm back on track, lol. Yesterday was grocery day and so I had all the goods on deck at my crib. (I'm in one of those happy weird moods, so just bare with my word choices.) Lately, I've been trying to focus more on filling my plate with plants, instead of basing my meals around meat. Honestly, I've just been craving more veggies/plant-based foods and I feel like it's definitely helped me feel fuller for longer. That being said, last night I was still pretty full from lunch (& the roasted green peas/kale chips I ate for sneaky snacks hehe), so I wanted to make something smallish for dinner. I used to NEVER like sweet potatoes, but by the grace of God, I finally came to my senses and now I literally crave them. 

One of my favorite youtube channels is Cam and Nina (link is to their version of this recipe) because not only do they make the most bomb vegan food, but they also put their videos together in such a simplistic and beautiful way. I could sit their and watch them all day, lol. I like food too much. I remember one of the recipes they showed in one of their videos was essentially a loaded sweet potato and I was like yep, gotta attempt. And so I finally did! I'm not gonna lie I freaking nailed it. What I love about this is you can totally personalize it to your taste buds and add in whatever toppings or fillings that you want! You can even make it more of an indulgent meal; I wanna try it for breakfast and add some coconut yogurt, almond butter, & cinnamon! Wow. I'm salivating. Okay, enough talking here's the dets:

LOADED SWEET POTATO

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-1 sweet potato 

-coconut oil

-chickpeas

-celery

-avocado

-tahini

Toppings: Nutritional yeast, Himalayan pink salt, & pepper!

First you need to preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Next get a pan and line it with aluminum foil. Wash the sweet potato until it's clean, dry it with a paper towel, and poke holes in it with a fork. The more holes, the softer it'll get. After that, rub some coconut oil on it with your hands; 1 teaspoon is probably enough, but just make sure it's covered. Once it's oiled up, put it on the pan lined with aluminum foil and stick it in the oven for about 40-60 minutes. I had mine in for about 40, but could've put it in a bit longer. Just poke it until it's as soft as you want it. 

I decided to put chickpeas on mine, so I took 1/2 a cup of chickpeas, threw them in a pot until they boiled, let it boil for about 5 minutes, then reduced the heat, covered it, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. A lot of people say to cook them for more like an hour, but mine were soft at 30 minutes, so just check on them!

When the sweet potato is done cooking, cut it in half, pour the chickpeas over top, chuck on the celery, avocado, tahini, and nutritional yeast and dig. the frick. in. If you try this recipe, let me know what you think and also let me know what you top yours with!

Also, remember you are beautiful and you don't need anyone, but yourself, to show you love. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Over and out.