While is Brian is away, which is very often! I am able to catch up on my healthier eating habits. Not that I don’t feed Brian healthy food. I mean I am not the witch from Hansel and Gretel trying to plump him up so I can eat him! Although, that is a thought…Just kidding! With Brian not coming home from dinner I am not compelled to make a full meal. It gives me a chance to eat lighter. I love eating baked sweet potatoes and topping it with sour cream and hot sauce. Some may say strange, but to that I say try it! I know a sweet potato is not enough for most people so I decided to give it a little more substance. I wanted to add in protein but I didn’t feel like grilling chicken. That is where the chickpeas came in! It is a wonderful dish to consider for those meatless Mondays! I am super proud of my healthy single girl meal!
Kale & Chickpea Sweet Potato with Spicy Sour Cream
Wash the sweet potato and pierce it a couple of times with a fork. Then put it in the microve wave for about 7 minutes. Check the sweet potato, if its not soft to the touch then keep in in the microwave for another couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped red onion to the pan and sautee it until the pieces become softer. Add as much red onion that is to your liking.
Then add in the chickpeas and continue to sautee. After about 7 minutes press down on the chickpeas with a spatula. If they are soft enough they will "smash" once you "smashed" most of the chickpeas add in the chopped kale.
Once the kale has wilted down add salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture and then turn off the heat.
When the baked potato is soft give it a couple of minutes to cool down. Then with a knife cut the potato straight down the middle making two halves. Then I like to take a fork and "fluff" up the flesh of the potato. That way its already loosened up and ready to go. Try to create a bit of pocket for the filling to sit on top.
Spicy Sour Cream
Take the sour cream, hot sauce, and lemon juice and mix it together. You can use a fork to make a whisking motion to incorporate.
To assemble the potato, take the sour cream and put a layer on the potato. Then take the kale and chickpea mixture and place it on top of the sour cream layer.