Baked Spiralized Sweet Potato with Spinach Pesto

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!

You’ll just love the delicious crunch of the baked spiralized sweet potato here, mixed with the rich garlicky taste of the home-made spinach pesto sauce. It’s hard to describe, other than it’s totally yum!

The home-made spinach pesto part of the recipe makes a nice handy jar of sauce with enough for another 6 servings, which will last at least 2 weeks in your refrigerator! Great for when time is short – bonus!

The spinach pesto is extremely versatile too. For instance, you could use it in the baked salmon pesto recipe or oven baked whole wheat pesto fusilli recipe?

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!

Yes, I’m back with another spiralizer recipe that has it all!

Beautifully baked spiralized sweet potatoes and an easy to make spinach pesto sauce. I can assure you that this recipe certainly satisfies a certain lady’s sweet potato fries cravings too.

Let’s face it folks, we all love sweet potato fries don’t we? But they can be unhealthy, if they’re fried can’t they?

Ah, but you see here you can avoid that excessive fat and calories cooking method by baking your sweet potatoes instead, using only a very small amount of oil. This absolutely still gives you that delicious taste and craving satisfaction of sweet potato fries.

In fact, not only are there the healthier benefits of this baking this recipe, but there’s just so many additional healthy benefits of sweet potatoes overall. I thought it would be worthwhile to remind ourselves of some.

Benefits of Baked Spiralized Sweet Potato

  • Vitamin A. Check out the whopping amount of vitamin A (nutrition label below) a serving of this recipe has.
  • Vitamin C and D protecting against colds and boosting your overall immune system.
  • Sweet potatoes are lower in carbs than ordinary potatoes and have a lower GI rating.
  • Sweet potatoes are high in fibre keeping you fuller for longer and helping to decrease the risk of colon cancer.
  • An increase in mineral absorption and nutrient circulation comes from eating sweet potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes provide a source of steady, slow burn energy to keep you on the move!

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!

Folks I’m so in love with my spiralizer that I’ve decided to add a new recipe category “spiralizer” to my recipe list.

You’ll find this baked spiralized sweet potato recipe there for now, and the previous spiralized courgette spaghetti with chickpeas one. But I can guarantee you we’re not finished there!

Well, I’ll leave you now as Lady Lynne and I pack our rucksacks for our weekend in London.

We’ve loads planned including a bus tour, photography gallery and of course The Railway Children. I hope the weather is kind so I can bring back some pics to show you next week!

Or perhaps you might be interested in the new Cheesecake recipe first on Tuesday? 😉

Whatever your plans for the weekend, have a good one!

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!
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Baked Spiralized Sweet Potato with Spinach Pesto
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make.

Course: Dinner
Servings: 2
Calories: 476 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
For the baked spiralized sweet potatoes: -
  • 500 g spiralized sweet potato
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 spring onions chopped
For the spinach pesto: -
  • 70 g chopped baby spinach
  • 30 g toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 g freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C fan.
  2. Place the spiralized sweet potato in a large bowl, add the olive oil and garlic, mixing everything together ensuring all of the potato is coated.
  3. Place onto a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until crispy, but not burnt!
  4. Whilst the potatoes are baking, make the spinach pesto.
  5. Place all of the spinach pesto ingredients into a blender (or use a pestle and mortar) and blitz together to a thick pesto consistency. Remove and place in an airtight jar.
  6. When the potatoes are cooked, divide between two plates and top with 2 tbsp. Of the spinach pesto for each plate, then garnish with the chopped spring onions.
Recipe Notes

The spinach pesto can be kept sealed in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Spiralized Sweet Potato with Spinach Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Cholesterol 1.3mg 0%
Sodium 449.7mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 101.2g 34%
Dietary Fiber 15.2g 61%
Sugars 21g
Protein 8.9g 18%
Vitamin A 397%
Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 18%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baked spiralized sweet potato with spinach pesto takes hardly any time at all to make. Packed full of healthy nutrients and made with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty vegetarian quick healthy meal recipe will satisfy those sweet potato cravings!

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Comments

  1. I LOVEEEE crispy spiralized sweet potatoes and butternut squash!!! Great Taste Buds “Think” Alike?? LOL!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Making Meatzas With Molly SimsMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Yep, I’m there with you GiGi. 🙂

      That’s a combination I’ve got down in my recipe list for future. It goes together just famously! 😀

  2. I need a shirt that says, “Spiralizing is my life, the rest is just details.” YUm!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanking you kindly Suz 🙂

      Well if you get that shirt and have my logo on it, I’ll get one that says “Run like the wind” and have your logo on it! 😉

  3. You baked it!!! Now that’s pretty legit! Way to go Neil!
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  4. Spiralized swet taters say what!? perfect alternative to pasta! Also love the idea of that spinach pesto, I could eat that with a spoon!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Rachel. You can bet that the spinach pesto will definitely be making some appearances in future recipes too.

      I’ll join you in eating it with a spoon (I confess I already have 😮 )

  5. I often spiralise courgette to use in pasta dishes, but I still haven’t done it with sweet potato. I think it’s a great way to make it more carby.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Anything coming into my kitchen that can be spiralized IS being spiralized at the moment Dannii. I just love it.

      Please do try it with sweet potato, it’s got such a delicious soft satisfying crunch. I recommend it. 😀

  6. Sweet potato noodles are one of my favorite things to make! Pairing with pesto sounds like the perfect combo!
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  7. I adore sweet potatoes – they are comfort food to me – and this sounds like such a wonderful meal! All those spiralized sweet potatoes baking – it’s like a million sweet potato fries – mm mm mmm! Love the pesto added in too Neil – simply fantastic!
    Hope you and lady Lynne have a wonderful trip to London and I am so looking forward to that Cheesecake recipe AND photos from y’alls trip!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I can imagine you and Lynne getting on really well there Shashi. Although there might be a debate as to who is getting the last mouthful of sweet potato fries! 🙂

      The pesto is just so delicious.

      Thanks for wishing us a good trip to London. Only a few hours to go (man it feels like it’s been such a long time coming for such a short weekend break!) so here’s wishing you a great weekend yourself! 😀

  8. i recently got a spiralizer..havent used it much but definitely looking forward to trying sweet potato recipes! this sounds great esp with the homemade pesto.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi Dixya, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. 🙂

      I only recently got my spiralizer too. It’s been out and at work in my kitchen at least once a week and I’m loving it. It took me a little bit of time to get to grips with which cutter blade to use!

      This is a great easy recipe for trying out sweet potato spiralizing, and the home-made pesto sauce, I think, just compliments it perfectly. Good luck with yours! Looking forward to seeing the results. 😀

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