November 16, 2012

Creamy Tuna-Loaded Sweet Potato Skins {and a Cookbook Giveaway}

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As you probably know by now, I am willing to try just about anything.... just about.

There was the Avocado Buttercream Frosting over Banana Cupcakes, Dark Chocolate Mousse made from tofu and who could forget the newest "never before tried" Apple-Cinnamon Clafoutis.

I still would looooove to know where that name came from? 

So when I heard from my girlfriend at Our Tiny Place about an Indian Baby Food book review and giveaway, you know I was curious enough to take the challenge.
Now I did have my concerns, trust me. I mean, her book is based on baby and youth food and with me not having children of my own {yet}, what was I going to be really interested in that I would like? More importantly, what you would be interested in reading about?

But that was also part of the fun, and the challenge

I am a huge fan of spices obviously, so while poking around Zainab's book I found so many "superfoods" and spices that I never knew were so good for me.

Garlic, of course I eat it and I know it's healthy.

Ginger, as mom taught me growing up, is good for easing your stomach. Insert "real ginger" in ginger ale, especially when I was sick.

But did you know that basil, coriander, nutmeg and even black pepper are also superspices? These, along with a bunch of others, are all perfectly integrated in all the recipes that are shown here in this cookbook and why they are all "superspices" when it comes to our bodies and the bodies of our little ones.
The book is broken up by stages: 7 months plus, 10 months plus and 1-3 years and up. There is an Avocado Whip recipe in there that I have been trying to get creative with how I can use it over a dessert or as a topping. It sounds that good, and so simple to make too.
Among other delicious choices I decided to land on this tunafish-loaded sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are like crack to me, they are so delicious and so good for you that it's a win-win all around.

Tuna... in a sweet potato??? Hmmm, how was this going to taste mixed together?

Well, when I saw dish and that it was made into a meal I was all over it, plus there are so few ingredients and it can be made in less than 10 minutes in the microwave. It's like the perfect "home-cooked" meal for lunch.
Zainab says...
"A great meal to coax your little one in to eating tuna, a hugely beneficial oily fish packed with essential omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids (protein) and B vitamins. A stronger tasting fish no doubt, but the sweet potato complements the strong flavour of the tuna beautifully making this an exceptionally scrummy meal. "

And I couldn't agree more.

This was filling, flavorful and tastier than expected. I am a big tuna fan however I shy away from it at times because I want to avoid all the heavy fats from mayonnaise but this is a perfect solution.
Creamy Tuna-Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
Total time: 10mins  
Yields: 2 servings  
1 medium sweet potato  — scrubbed, washed, pricked all around   
3¼oz (90g) tinned tuna (in spring water) - drained  
1 tbsp full fat cream cheese   
Pinch of ground black pepper  
Pinch of dried mixed herbs (optional; I used chives) 
Place the sweet potato in the microwave and cook on high for 6-7mins until tender to the touch. Once cooled (but still warm enough to melt the cream cheese), cut the potato in half lengthways, scoop out the flesh and place it in a bowl.  

Flake in the tuna and add the cream cheese, black pepper, and mixed herbs. Combine and mash all of the ingredients together whilst ensuring some soft lumps have been left. Spoon the mixture back into the jackets if you wish, although it is not essential (I like to do this because it makes the meal look nicer). Serve to baby warm.  

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 
Recipe by Zainab Jagot Ahmed 

Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook
by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

This book has so many delicious and healthy options for your babies, toddlers (and grown-ups) ... and the really exciting news is that I am giving away two e-copies... which means you can download it to your iPad, iPhone, PC, laptop, Kindle, or Android phone! So is accessible to EVERYONE!"

This book has every last detail that you could possibly need to know about the appropriate ways to cook for your baby, plus 60 recipes for babies 7 months and up.

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1 comment:

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

What a beautiful and delicious twist on the twice baked potato!! Your photos are awesome! Would love it if you could share this at Foodtastic Friday!