Sweet potato skins - try these loaded sweet potato skins for a healthier sweet potato skin recipe
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Sweet potato skins with spinach and lentils

These sweet potato skins are loaded up with healthy goodness. Filled with red lentils, spinach and spring onions they make for a nutritious meal or side dish. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 sweet potato skins

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter (40 grams)
  • 3 handfuls baby spinach chopped
  • 6 spring onions diced
  • 85 grams cream cheese light
  • 85 grams sour cream light
  • 50 grams red split lentils (dried weight)
  • 3 tbsp cheddar cheese grated
  • salt and pepper seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Start with the red lentils. Place in a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked, then drain and set to one side. We will add the lentils to the filling later on.
  • Take the sweet potatoes and prick each one well with a fork (at least 12 times). Coat the skins in olive oil with a pinch of salt. Place them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes until just cooked through. If you prefer to oven bake them you can do so by preparing them in the same way and baking them for 45-60 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • When ready, remove the sweet potatoes from the microwave and let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • While they are cooling, add the butter to a frying pan and sautee the spring onions and spinach for a few minutes until soft. Set aside.
  • Returning to the sweet potatoes, slice them in half and scoop out the sweet potato centre. Remember not to scoop right down to the skin. Leave a thin layer of sweet potato on the skin, just enough so that it can stand upright.
  • Take the empty sweet potato skins and line them up in an oven dish. Drizzle with oil. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes to make them nice and crispy.
  • In the meantime add the sweet potato to a bowl with the cream cheese, sour cream, sauteed spinach and spring onions, and cooked lentils. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Mash together with a fork until well combined.
  • Remove the sweet potato skins from the oven.
  • Fill each sweet potato skin with the mixture and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
  • Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden.