Simple Dinner: Sweet Potato & Greens

Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes about Mike’s mom. It’s been a tough week, but we’re getting through it.

Sometimes tough weeks call for simple dinners. And this is especially true since, in addition to all the emotional stuff I’ve been going through this week, it’s also the first week of Yoga Teacher Training! Honestly, Teacher Training has been kind of a life-saver. It’s incredibly time intensive—-Wednesday and Friday nights for three hours; Sundays for 5 hours; plus even MORE yoga classes than I usually take in a week (which is a lot!)—-but keeping busy is exactly what I need at a time like this. I’m happy to be spending a lot of time in a space that encourages me to channel tons of positive energy. Goodness knows it’s needed!

The simplicity of this recipe was appealing given the level of exhaustion I’ve been feeling. It takes some time, but it’s one of those recipes that you can walk away from and tend to other things. All you really need is a sweet potato and your favorite greens. I added a bit of coconut oil and some spices, but you can play around with those–take ’em or leave ’em, switch ’em around, choose your own adventure.

Sweet Potato & Greens

1 small-medium sweet potato

2 cups greens (I use a spinach, chard, kale mix)

1 tsp coconut oil

spices: cinnamon, turmeric, pinch salt, cayenne (all to taste)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your sweet potato, carefully cut a slit down the middle with a knife, and place it on a baking sheet. Let bake for at least 45 minutes. It will likely need to stay in longer, depending on your oven, and how soft you like your ‘tater!

Start steaming or wilting your greens in a medium pot. When your potato is ready, split it open wider and plop the greens in the middle. Add your coconut oil and spices. Savor and enjoy.

I couldn’t have asked for a better dinner. It was comforting and nutritious. Tasty and quite filling (which, I should note, may be a result of the fact that I’ve been doing less intense workouts since my surgery; usually I need more protein at dinner, but this week, this did just fine!). Simple dinner magic.

What’s your favorite simple dinner? Have you ever been grateful for a totally exhausting schedule?

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