Eating In: Spicy Sweet Potatoes With Green Beans and Poached Eggs

First off, apologies for the rather un-pretty images, as most of our cooking is done on a weeknight and there’s no light and everyone is starving and we just want food NOW. That being said, this is an excellent healthy yet yummy dish for those weeknights when everyone is starving and just wants food NOW. 
It starts out with sweet potatoes, always a win in my book, chopped and tossed with spices and cooked in a pan.

Meanwhile, green beans are steamed and eggs are poached. (Shawnda of Confections of a Foodie Bride, where I got this recipe from, says you can fry the eggs if you’d rather. Go crazy – I just love a poached egg. Combine sweet potatoes and an egg on top and I’m sold.)

And finally, it’s all combined to make an awesome, easy, who-needs-side-dishes weeknight dinner!

Spicy Sweet Potatoes with Green Beans and Poached Eggs
From Confections of a Foodie Bride

Curiously enough, I never used to venture into Egg-land beyond the style of scrambled, but the Boy has dragged me happily with him into a utopia of runny yolks and thwarted attempts at poaching. I read somewhere that you should put your raw egg carefully into a sieve, let the more liquid whites drain out, then lower the egg carefully into your poaching pot and roll it out of the sieve to prevent a million tiny threads of egg white ruining your pretty poach. And lo and behold, it worked! Give it a try. Or just fry them (something I am also bad at).

Yield: 2 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Generous pinch of salt
Several grinds black pepper
Steam-in-bag green beans
4 eggs, fried or poached

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.

Place sweet potatoes in a small sandwich bag and add dried spices – shake to coat well. Empty the bag into the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork-tender and nicely caramelized. (Taste here and add more spices as desired, and feel free to season a bit more when assembling the dish too.)

Steam the green beans and prepare the eggs, as desired, while potatoes are cooking. Serve the potatoes and green beans topped with eggs.


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