Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe's


1 medium onion chopped
Sweet Potatoes, cut in half (lengthwise)
1 medium red pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp water
2 medium carrots, finely chopped or grated
1 lb ground protein (beef, turkey, chicken etc.)
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup water

Preheat oven to 425
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or silpat liner Place potatoes cut side down on the sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until soft While potatoes are baking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and peppers, cooking for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add tomato paste, water and carrots, cooking for another 2 minutes. Add ground meat and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. Add tomato sauce, sweetener if using, mustard, vinegar and water. Allow to come to a low boil, then lower the heat and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring a couple of times Taste for seasoning. Meanwhile, remove potatoes from oven and allow to coo.l Once cool enough to handle, carefully scoop out the cooked flesh and place in a large bowl. Add the cooked ground meat mixture and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder and anything else you may like! Place empty potato skins back on the baking sheet and stuff them with the potato/meat mixture Put back in the oven for about 5 minutes before serving

Recipe by Alex Lee, Lurong Living cookbook.