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Sweet Potato and Feta Dinner Skillet

Sweet Potato and Feta Dinner Skillet | A Couple Cooks

Sweet Potato and Feta Dinner Skillet | A Couple CooksSweet Potato and Feta Dinner Skillet | A Couple Cooks

Our theme for the week is comfort food, and here’s an idea for when you’re short on time – and budget. It’s relatively quick and uber healthy, made up of two powerhouse superfoods: sweet potatoes and greens. Alex and I have made this a few times for a quick and easy weeknight meal — tonight with both of us in the kitchen we had the meal on the table, cooking mess fully cleaned, and groceries put away in 30 minutes. (Granted, he is a speedy cook and I was a focused cleaning machine behind him as he worked, but still!)

How do you find balance in a busy week? As working professionals, we’re hard-pressed to find time to cook during the week, so we spend most of our time cooking on the weekends and eat leftovers during the week. But if we have a few moments to spare, sometimes we’ll spring for quick meals like these with limited ingredients and packed with nutritional punch.

We also help ourselves honor a key concept: boundaries. Work / life balance doesn’t just happen, it takes discipline, the ability to prioritize, and the ability to say No to the non-essential and Yes to life-honoring practices (like eating healthy food). Starting out in the working world, I never would have guessed how difficult this would be, and that I could only rely on one person to set these boundaries: myself. On that topic, here’s a great post on Saying No from The Yellow Table, and an article we wrote on Slowing Down. It’s taken a while, but we’ve become committed to setting boundaries so that we can say Yes to nutritious, life-sustaining food, though it comes with saying No others.

Hopefully this meal is simple enough to minimize the No’s and maximize the Yes’s!

More of Our Sweet Potato Recipes…

Sweet Potato and Feta Dinner Skillet
 
To make this a full dinner, we'd serve with a side salad and corn tortillas or bread. Note that the sweet potatoes result in a soft (not crispy fried) texture.
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Makes: 4
What You Need
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch chard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
  • 12-inch skillet, cast iron if possible
What To Do
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes, and remove the peels from 3 cloves of garlic. In a food processor, shred the potatoes (with the skins on) and the garlic. Wash the chard, then cut it into thin strips (chiffonade).
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Saute for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sweet potatoes are tender but not crispy; be sure to stir enough that the potatoes do not stick to the bottom of the skillet. Add the chard and saute for another minute.
  3. Stir in about half of the feta cheese. Then crack 4 eggs into the skillet and sprinkle the top with the remaining feta crumbles. Broil on high for 4 to 6 minutes until the egg whites are solid. Serve immediately.
Notes
Inspired by Edible Perspective
 

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  1. Kathryn

    This is such a pressing issue for us at the moment – neither of us get home until at least 8pm and my boyfriend will often have several more hours work to do that night so trying to find the time (and motivation!) to cook from scratch is something that we really struggle with. I’m finding that having a meal plan at the start of the week is really helpful and it also helps to identify short cuts we can take (eg cooking a big batch of grains and using them for different meals). It makes it so much easier to make those right choices when we’re exhausted/busy/stressed. Always love hearing your perspective on all things nutritious. And this recipe looks like a total killer; I’ve had a real craving for all things sweet potato recently.

  2. Nina

    It might sound weird, but I love the idea that you are not professional food bloggers/photographers/freestyle workers who can spend their days cooking and photographing their meals. I am also working all day, I have to juggle with all my activities (seing movies with friends, going to the gym, reading, enjoying the time with my boyfreind, and of course cooking)and it’s kind of comforting to see that not only freelancers can have a wonderful blog. I don’t mean that they don’t work hard, of course they do, and that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to come up with beautiful recipes everyday! But still, I like to see how passionate you are about your blog :)
    I’m always looking for quick, easy and delicious recipes to make for lunch (I work from home and it’s sometimes hard not to spend too much time cooking and too little on working!) and this one looks great! In order to find the right balance between work/activities/life, my flatmate and I write our menus for the week and go shopping according to what we planned, and for my lunch I try to plan my lunches by taking into account what I already have on hand so I don’t have to go to the grocery every other day!

  3. Gail

    When you say broil, do you mean put it in the oven after it’s been cooking on the stove? My stove doesn’t have a broil feature, so I just wondered what the alternative for this was? Turning the heat up a bit?

    1. Alex

      Hmm. I do think you’d need to put it in the oven–maybe 450F for 5-10 minutes? Just turning up the heat wouldn’t work because the sweet potatoes are kind of insulating…maybe it would work if you try covering it.

  4. Christy@SweetandSavoring

    I know what you mean- more often than not, that balance *doesn’t* happen for us. I get home around 6:40 from work, while my husband has been working from home, and we’re both exhausted. It would be so much easier for us to plan dinners in the morning/prep ingredients ahead of time, than get hungry and wonder at 7:30 what on earth we’re going to eat!
    This skillet looks like the ultimate comfort food! I love that you have the chard in there, and I’ve yet to put feta cheese in an egg-dinner-skillet, but I love its unique flavor so I’m trying it now :)

  5. ashley | bloom & nourish

    yum! i don’t know how i missed this one, but it looks delicious, and i’m with you–it’s all about keeping things simple on weeknights. i made something similar to this recently and used my spiralizer for the potatoes and it turned out great. it’s my new favorite kitchen tool!

  6. Marissa

    I never leave comments but this was so delish! I grated in some brussel sprouts and swapped the chard for kale. This will definitely become a staple in my household! Thanks :)

  7. Gina

    Friends, this was soooooo good. I used goat cheese instead of feta and spread everything out on a baking sheet to broil it since I don’t have a cast iron skillet. Turned out awesome because a) there was room for two additional eggs, and b) it made the bottom nice and crispy. Thanks for such a clever, easy dinner – you’re the best :)

  8. Madeleine Berkel

    My boyfriend and I have been trying to move to healthier meals as of late and we’ve been struggling to find things that both of us like; however, this was amazing. We’re already planning different ways to change it up! With him working 40+ hours a week plus being a part time student things like this are a life saver!

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