Loaded Mozzarella and Crispy Chorizo Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet pot skins

 

I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate loaded potato skins, which is a crime when they are SOOO good! I would always order them when I went to TGI Fridays and I still remember how deliciously greasy and crispy they were! Unfortunately, that was when I had the metabolism of a teenager and could eat what I wanted, without the worry of intolerance’s and gaining weight…. Aaaah the good old days.

Anywaaaaay, I will stop myself there before I go off on a tangent of reminiscing about my younger days! Time to share with you lovely humans MY healthy(ish) alternative to loaded potato skins, using only 3 ingredients. Yes, it is that simple, all you will need is sweet potatoes, fresh mozzarella and chorizo, then you are pretty much good to go! This recipe also works amazingly with bacon, or chopped mushrooms, I genuinely love them aaaaall! They make my tummy do a happy dance! These crispy little babies are insanely tasty! Is it frowned upon to brag about my own cooking?! I should really try being more modest…. TGI Fridays aint got sh** on me (releases inner Kanye).

I put the skins out as an appetizer when hosting a girls night, they are great finger food and sooo yummy with a sour cream dip! (Don’t fret fellow lactose intolerant friends, I have a vegan sour cream recipe which I have posted on the bottom of this post!).

Even writing about them is making my mouth water….

Here is what you need:

  • 6 small sweet potatos cut in half longways (this makes 12 skins)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped chorizo chunks (small chunks)
  • 1 large mozzarella ball
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
  2. Place the  oven proof dish with a drizzle of olive oil into the oven for 5 minutes. Add the sweet potato halves and cook for  25-35 minutes, dependent on the oven strength. (You can also cook them in the microwave whole if you prefer to save time, but they will come out a little mushier  than if cooked in the oven and the skin may peel away.
  3. Meanwhile fry off the chorizo pieces with some garlic for 2-3 minutes and set to one side.
  4. Once the skins are cooked and the potato is mashed, bring them out the oven. Scoop out the middle of the potato and place into a bowl.
  5. Add half the mozzarella to the potato and mix in.
  6. Dill the skins back up with the potato, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top along with the chorizo chunks, place back in the oven and grill for 5-7 minutes until the top is crispy
  7. Serve with some salsa and sour cream for dipping.

 

I hope you and your friends enjoy them as much as we did! You would be crazy not to really!

Love J xx

*Vegan Sour Cream:

  • 1 can of organic creamy coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 heaping teaspoon unprocessed salt
  1. Chill the coconut milk in the can overnight, or 3 to 4 hours, until it thickens into a lovely cream. (Better yet, keep a can in the fridge at all times!)
  2. Flip the can upside down, open it, and pour off the thin liquid to use in something else. Scrape out the thick cream. Add the lemon juice, vinegar, and salt.
  3. Whisk until smooth and serve. (If you want it perfectly lump free, process briefly with a mini-blender, immersion blender, or mixer.)

DONE!

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The battle with learning to love myself

self love

I’ve always said I would write the odd blog post about lifestyle, so here goes my first NONE foodie post… Following me being a little hard on myself recently, today I wanted to write about the importance of loving yourself!

I haven’t been feeling well on and off for over two weeks now after suffering with flu type symptoms and a tummy bug. I have gone from feeling starving and craving carby meals, to not being able to even eat a meal! This has not only played havoc with my digestive system but has left me feeling really weak, unnourished and a bit down in the dumps. I couldn’t train for nearly a week, my body went into complete shut down mode. When I finally felt better I found myself trying to run before I could walk. All I kept thinking was “I am putting on weight”, “I am losing definition” and “I NEED to gym today”. I had forgotten the reasons WHY I chose to lead a healthy lifestyle in the first place and had completely lost site of the importance of those reasons. Yes, I want to see results in my physical appearance and challenge my body to do things it couldn’t before. We are all lying to ourselves if we say we don’t get great satisfaction out of feeling good in our favourite jeans, or in a bikini, or even naked, but what is the end goal?                                                                 It’s time to re-evaluate mine. My main focus is to learn to love myself and be grateful for the body I have been blessed with. I need to stop putting myself down and love myself for who I am right now. Continue to feed my body with the right nourishing foods, continue to enjoy my fitness and continue to be happy without worrying what the scales are telling me or how society are telling me to look!

Admittedly, I still have moments where I hate what I see in the mirror. I do still feel guilty if I overindulge on treats or take that cheat meal TOO far (remember meal is NOT plural Justine!). I find myself wanting to hide away a little at times, avoiding pool parties because I don’t feel nice enough in a bikini or because I am having a “fat day”. I know how ridiculous that is because I am far from fat, but your mind can really play tricks on you if you don’t shut it up! This is something which I am working on and I will continue to work on. Self esteem can be a bitch hey!

If I look back at all the self hate battles I have fought over the years, I see how far I have come. I talk in my “About me” section of a time where I did become quite depressed after leading a very unhealthy lifestyle, my happiness was at an all time low. The picture below on the left is from that short time in my life, it shows me smiling, but I still remember how I felt that day. It was a fake smile. I was eating the wrong things, I was bloated and living a very negative lifestyle of too much drinking and greasy food. I was completely miserable and hated the way I looked, but the important thing is is that I snapped out of it. 9 months of feeling and looking like that was all I could take. I knew I had to get back on track, make a change and stop this self hating… so  I did just that! ( Pic on the right is now)

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I think as humans we compare ourselves too often to the people we see on social media, we see someone who may be more successful than us, or someone in the gym who may be stronger or who can do certain things we can’t. We see them as a threat and somehow let them make us feel inferior. It is important to realise that we are all different, we all have our unique ways and it is time to focus on being a better YOU, rather than competing to be better than anyone else. The only person you should be competing against is the person you were yesterday, so cheesy but so so true. People will try to bring you down, out of spite or jealousy, but forget them and focus on your life, your goals and your happiness. Don’t waste your energy worrying about how other people perceive you. I can’t express enough how vital the relationship you have with yourself is. You have to love every little bit of yourself, completely. Love your flaws, learn from your mistakes and use these to your advantage to grow as a person. It can be a battle at times, we all have good days and bad days, it is completely normal, we are only human after all!

I strongly believe your lifestyle plays a big part in your mental health, whether you choose to believe it or not, that is your decision. It is my choice to lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle. I feel better living my life this way, not only physically, but mentally too. I enjoy eating well and challenging myself in the gym, my body responds to it better and I feel a lot stronger, mind and body. When I eat the wrong foods or stop exercising I feel lethargic and unwell which then leads me to feel down.

I enjoy a drink, but I don’t enjoy drinking every weekend. I enjoy indulging in naughty meals, but I couldn’t do it every day. Everyone is different, I won’t tell you how to live but what I will say is stop focusing on weighing scales, stop listening to magazines/social media telling you you HAVE to look a certain way and start focusing on how you feel on the inside! Love your damn self!

Peace and love.

J xxx