Okay, I know what you’re thinking…meat and sweet potatoes? Can that even taste good?
It does. It really, really does.
When it comes to eating, especially post-workout meals, you have to think of your nutrition as the old adage “form follows function.” In this case, taste follows function. Your meals need to be composed of the right macronutrient ratios, whatever you determine those to be. For me, I try to stick with 60% protein, 25% fat, and 15% carbs over the course of the day. Not every meal is exactly that ratio, but it usually balances out by the end of the day. That will definitely vary for you, depending on how you feel, what research you read, and what sport you compete in. However, the principle here remains the same. You need to eat the right foods, regardless of how you put them together.
In this case, I had ground beef in my fridge, and sweet potatoes on my counter. I had to figure out how to combine those to make something that was edible, at the very least. So, I figured I’d cook up the ground beef with some onions, garlic and sriracha sauce, heaped it up on top of a sweet potato with some butter, salt and pepper, and then topped the whole mess with some cheese and bacon. It blew me away with how delicious it was, not to mention that it was everything my body needed to recover.
Get creative with your basic beef and potato routine…you might find something that surprises you.
Beef & Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||1 hour, 15 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 30 minutes|
- 2 Large sweet potatoes
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
- 3 pieces bacon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- salt & freshly ground pepper
|Preheat oven to 350. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork (about ten times) and cook in the oven for approximately an hour, possibly longer depending on the size of the potatoes.|
|While the potatoes are cooking, dice your onion and mince the cloves of garlic.|
|Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.|
|Add the ground beef and cook through.|
|Add the sriracha sauce (or another sauce of your choosing), depending on taste/spice levels. Start with a little and add more as you go.|
|Season beef mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.|
|Cook the bacon until crispy and set aside.|
|To assemble: split the sweet potato in two, top with butter (if desired), ground beef mixture, a handful of cheese, and crumble the cooked bacon on top. Serve hot.|