Disclosure: This Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Apples shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VeggieNewYear #CollectiveBias
I think for the first year ever, I actually met all my wellness goals this year. Every year seems to be a struggle after the first month or two, but not this year. This year, I actually did it. It was a lot of work and maybe a little pouting. Larisha would probably say a lot of pouting. But, it all paid off. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and it feels amazing.
How and Now What?
As we go into the New Year, it’s time to set new goals. I did two things differently this year that I think really adding to me keeping on track.
- I shifted my mindset.
- Every time that I thought I wanted something bad to eat, I told myself I had to eat nuts or a fruit first. If I couldn’t do that, I was just bored and needed to go do something else.
- I allowed myself a cheat day.
- Every Saturday I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted. We typically ordered out or made a heavier meal that we didn’t have during the week.
These two little things greatly changed how I took on this year and lead me to the healthiest year I’ve ever had as an adult. Eating healthier versus an exercise focus really helped also. Now, for this year, I really want to focus on portion control and working towards a more plant-based diet. However, I’m not ready to give up that taste of meat in meals just yet.
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Starting the Day off Right
Over the years of my journey to being healthier, I’ve consistently done one thing: ate breakfast. It starts your day off on the right foot and kickstarts your energy in the right direction. On my journey now towards a more plant-based diet, I’ve found MorningStar Farms® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches. They are great for on the go and they are kid-approved too. It’s a simple swap that keeps me on the right track.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Apples
One thing that helps stay on track is meal planning and meal prepping. With these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Apples, you can make them on the weekend and eat them over the next few days. I’ve swapped traditional sausage for MorningStar Farms® Original Sausage Patties and loaded in more fruits and vegetables. Bonus: It’s vegan and vegetarian friendly!
It’s really a super simple recipe. Bake the sweet potatoes until fork tender. While that is happening, cook the filling mixture. Then, slice and remove the sweet potato. Combine the sweet potato with the filling mixture.
Then, you fill the sweet potato shells back up with the filling mixture and then cook for 15 minutes more.
Then end result is a flavor packed meal. MorningStar Farms® veggie sausage is packed with plant protein power is the perfect way to start your morning off right. And while this is a great breakfast, it’s definitely doable for lunch or dinner too. As a meat lover, I’m here to tell you that this meal is for everyone! You have to taste it to believe it.
- 4 sweet potatoes, washed
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, divided.
- 1/3 cup sweet onions, diced
- 2/3 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 sprigs of fresh sage (4-6 leaves)
- 2 cups apples, diced (I used fiji and )
- 5 MorningStar Farms® Original Sausage Patties
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Heat an oven to 400 degrees.
- Using a fork, poke holes throughout the sweet potatoes.
- Cook sweet potatoes on a baking sheet for 45-60 minutes or until a fork easily pierces through them.
- While that is cooking, in a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tbsp coconut oil.
- Once melted, add in onions and peppers.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add remaining 2 tbsp of coconut oil, garlic, paprika, red pepper flakes, sage, apples, and MorningStar Farms® Original Sausage Patties.
- Reduce to medium low heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
- Flip the sausage patties over and cook for another 5 minutes, still stirring often.
- Add in 2 table maple syrup.
- Remove from heat and place into a large bowl.
- Cut the sausage patties into pieces.
- Once the sweet potatoes have finished cooking, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
- Slice length wise.
- Carefully remove the sweet potatoes from skin and put into bowl with sausage mixture.
- Gently mash the sweet potatoes (it's okay is some smaller chunks remain) and then combine well the sausage mixture.
- Add the mixture back to the sweet potato skins and cook again at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve. Can stay refrigerated for up to 3 days.
You can find the MorningStar Farms® Original Sausage Patties and breakfast sandwiches that I featured in this post and other great veggie products at your local Walmart in the frozen section.