Paleo Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon

Who wants a hot baked sweet potato slathered with Coconut Sour Cream and bacon? Today I felt an irrepressible craving for comfort food that makes me feel warm, safe and loved! Luscious trimmings, such as dairy-free Coconut Sour Cream, green onions, bacon, and melted ghee, made it the perfect sinfully delicious treat I wanted. Real food always tastes better, and I love authentic flavors straight from Nature. Sweet potato is easy to bake! Just poke holes in a raw potato with a fork, slather with oil and salt. Bake for 45 minutes while your house fills with its rich aroma. Cut in half, add trimmings and eat.

As a meal, side dish, or a snack, this is way tastier than processed sweet potato chips, far more economical, and loaded with healthy nutrients. Sweet potato’s orange color is from the anti-oxidant beta-carotene. An important nutrient for the eyes, beta-carotene also helps ward off free radicals which oxidize cells, accelerate aging, and make the body vulnerable to chronic disease. Beta-carotene supports the immune system, and lowers risk of heart disease and cancer. For health and better flavor, look for non-GMO or organic bacon. If you use organic sweet potato, you can eat the tender baked skin – tasty and highly nutritious! I used 1 medium sweet potato cut in half for 2 people. Or you can go all the way and use 1 whole sweet potato per person. Yum!

Paleo Baked Sweet Potato with Sour Cream

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large raw sweet potato, whole
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
  • pinch unprocessed salt
  • 1 green onion chopped, or handful chives
  • 2 strips bacon, cut in 1/2-inch squares, fried until crisp (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed ghee (optional)

Instructions

  1. Follow the recipe for Coconut Sour Cream and chill to stiffen. (Optional)
  2. Preheat the oven to 375º F. Wash and scrub the sweet potato. Dry it off a bit, rub with oil, and sprinkle with salt. Place on a parchment-covered tray and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.
  3. While it bakes, cook the bacon, chop the green onions.
  4. Remove potato from oven and in half. Slather generously with Coconut Sour Cream, sliced green onions, and bacon. You can also add grass-fed ghee, if it pleases you.
  5. Enjoy the sensually delicious flavors!