Fall Beauty Supper: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The best beautifying recipes may also be the simplest. Meals that don't require constant attention are so refreshing, given that our lives are so busy. Foods that benefit our skin happen to be my personal favorites, and it doesn't get much more beautifying than sweet potatoes. My latest suggestion for an incredibly easy, delicious beauty recipe for fall is a stuffed sweet potato. Dig in- and tell me how your complexion looks tomorrow!

Sweet potatoes are ultimate beauty superfoods. They're packed with beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A, a critical vitamin for healthy, radiant skin. Beta carotene encourages cell turnover (which means smoother, more glowy skin), and gives you an added layer of UV protection from the inside out, essential for preventing age-advancing sun damage. You'll also get a hefty dose of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Each bite combats wrinkles, reduces inflammation, encourages healthy, glowing skin and strong vision.

If that's not enough, you can pack your potato with even more healthy veggies, fruits and nuts. Try a combo of diced apples, walnuts and kale, or combine brussel sprouts, pecans, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of blue cheese, as in the photo above. Here's how to pull it all of with minimal effort:

Bake your sweet potato for about 40 minutes in a 400F oven (poke it a few times with a fork first to release moisture). When there's about 15 minutes left to spare on the sweet potato timer, chop your veggies and sautee them in a little coconut oil, seasoning them well. When the sweet potato is sizzling and a knife cuts through easily, remove it and cut in half. Scoop out a large spoonful of potato from each side and st this aside for another meal. Stuff both sides with your veggie sautee mixture. You can sprinkle on a little cheese or spoon on some greek yogurt to recreate the feel of a baked potato . But trust me, it tastes so much better.

This recipe is:

  • gluten-free
  • vegetarian and vegan
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-aging
  • healing and strengthening for skin

Photo: Martha Stewart Living, October 2011