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Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Apple & Caramelized Onion

These decadent Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Apple & Caramelized Onion is a nutritious and more flavourful take on the classic steak house staple. These healthy stuffed sweet potatoes are twice baked and works as both a main or side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 488kcal


Sweet Potatoes:

Caramelized Onion:


  • 3 lean turkey sausage casings removed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red apple finely diced
  • 3/4 cup Swiss Cheese shredded, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese shredded, divided
  • 1/3 cup pecans toasted and crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  • Scrub the sweet potatoes well, and poke holes into them. Rub with 2 teaspoons of oil, sprinkle with ¼ tsp salt and roast for 1 hour or until very tender when you piece them with a fork. Once cool enough to touch, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides into a bowl, leaving a thin shell around the edges.
  • While the potato is roasting, heat two teaspoons of oil and the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add in the onions and coat them in the oil. Stirring every 5 minutes, let the onions cook until it reaches a caramelized amber colour, about 40 to 50 minutes. Add in the balsamic, thyme, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Set aside.
  • Finally, add the turkey sausage to a small skillet with 1 teaspoon of oil and break up the meat into small pieces. Cook until well browned then set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix the sweet potato insides with the cinnamon, maple syrup, caramelized onion, cooked turkey, diced apple, ½ cup Swiss cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Stuff the sweet potato shells with the mixture, then top with pecans, ¼ cup of swiss cheese and 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Place them in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes until the skin gets lightly crispy and the mixture warms through.


  • Make this vegetarian friendly by swapping the turkey sausage for chickpeas, lentils, or tofu.
  • Have leftover shredded chicken in the fridge? Use it up in the sweet potato instead of turkey sausage.
  • Make sure you pick sweet potatoes that are similar in size so they bake evenly.
  • Be sure to pat dry your sweet potatoes after giving them a good scrub. If the sweet potatoes have water on them, then the oil you add to it to roast them won't stick to the potatoes.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 16398IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 2mg