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Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells

Written by COA Nutrition Team On March 13, 2018

These Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells are a filling, nutrient-rich, vegetarian dinner option. They’re full of protein and vegetables. With a creamy and delicious filling, kids will be asking for seconds!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 12 ounce package of jumbo shells

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook sweet potatoes in the oven for 50-60 minutes or place in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. Scrape the sweet potato into a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Let it cool to warm room temperature.
  3. Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to package directions and drain.
  4. Finely chop spinach. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, garlic, spinach, egg, salt and pepper and fresh lemon zest. Stir well.
  5. Stuff the cooked pasta shells with the sweet potato/ricotta mixture and place them in a lightly greased 9X13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan, if you like.
  6. Bake the shells for 18-20 minutes, until they are hot all the way through.
  7. Serve with our healthy marinara sauce.

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“Embrace Leftovers”

I’m always shocked when people tell me they “don’t like leftovers”. Leftovers are a busy person’s best friend! Cook once and eat three or four times? Sign me up! Of course, not everything is delicious leftover. Cooked fish is better off made into fish cakes or added to a salad than reheated. Leftover cooked greens can be mushy. Salads that are pre-tossed with dressing get wilted and slimy.

But many things are delicious leftover. Soup, chili, cooked chicken, beef or pork, curry, and casseroles are all fantastic the next day. Some dishes even taste better when the flavors have had a chance to meld.

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