We are wedding-dieting in the Eats Well With Others apartment.

Now before you get your hopes up, I will not be donning a long white dress any time in the next year (although I’m personally crossing my fingers for an October 2014 ceremony with a reception that features at least 10 different types of winter squash…HINT HINT dear boyfriend)…but between the.boy’s friends and mine, we have five weddings to go to this summer and, between us, I would kind of like to not have to wear a dress with an empire waistline for any of them. If you get what I’m saying.


When I informed The.Boy of this lifestyle change we were going to be embarking on, his response was, “But baaaaabbbbe, I’m already on a diet.”

Oh yes, I forgot. The diet that consists of eating cookies/cupcakes/muffins for breakfast and a nonstop stream of chocolate and Oreos before and after dinner. Obviously.

Except that while he can eat that way without gaining even a tenth of an ounce, I merely think about eating a peanut butter cup and all of a sudden I have to button my jeans while lying down to get them to close.

Really. Not fair.


Anyway.Β  So to kick things off I made us some samosa-stuffed sweet potatoes, loving the fact that they were perfectly portioned and full of so much nutrition and flavor that I wouldn’t even miss my daily Reese’s “nightcap”.

In fact they were so delicious that the.boy pretty much inhaled them after I left for Eat.Write.Retreat and it was really a lucky thing that I had taken one for lunch the day I left otherwise I’m pretty sure there would have been none left when I returned.

And if you’re doing the math, yes that means he {only} ate 1.5 servings at each meal. He’s on a “diet”, after all.


One year ago…Savory Tomato Crisp, West Indian Style Channa Wrap
Three years ago…Sauteed Cauliflower with Feta and Mint

Samosa-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4, adapted from Veganomicon

IngredientsΒ Β 

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup soy milk, almond milk, or regular milk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 onion, cut into small dice
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Poke the potatoes with a fork so that they are pierced all around. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50-60 minutes or until fork-tender. Unwrap and let cool.
  3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides into a bowl, leaving 1/4 inch rim of potato in the skin. Mash the potato insides with the milk. Set aside the skins.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and coriander seeds to the pan and cook until they start to pop. Let them pop for about a minute, covering the pan if necessary. Add the onions and carrots to the pan and saute for 7-10 minutes or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a minute more. Stir in the cumin, turmeric, salt, potato insides, and peas. Cook until heated through. Add the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Brush the insides of the potato skins with a bit of oil. Fill the potato skins with the potato/pea mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.


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71 Responses to Samosa-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Wow! Five weddings–I hate to say it, but I am not envious. Your sweet potatoes look like a healthier twist on the ‘loaded’ potato skins that were such popular diner staples in the 80s and 90s.

  2. Hehe, I’ve got my fingers crossed for your Oct 2014 wedding too…October is def the best month to get married πŸ˜‰ Not that I’m biased or anything.

    These potatoes sound awesome. I love Indian spices. So unfair about boys and their eating…ugh.

  3. HA! Does The.Boy. read your site? πŸ˜‰ Just curious.

    Wedding season is lots of fun…. though I don’t miss the days of having over a dozen weddings to go to over the course of 3 months.

    I just loved stuffed potatoes… and even more when they’re sweet potatoes.

  4. 5 weddings, whew! If this is your diet food to prepare, count me in. I love this healthier version of samosas! Great idea.

  5. Ooooh, and I am LOVING these stuffed sweet potatoes!!!!
    Wedding season is wonderful but tough at the same time! We “only” have five this year as well – a slow year for us!

  6. Five weddings is just a bit ridiculous! Though, I can say I’m on the same page as you with those Hints to the.boy. October sounds just lovely! Also, these sweet potatoes sound much more than lovely. I’d probably eat just 1.5 servings per meal, too! What a fantastic idea! Indian spices go so well with them. I actually happen to have a sweet potato in the oven right now, so obviously I’m going to be changing my plan for a plain baked sweet potato to a samosa stuffed sweet potato. You made my day!

  7. Barbara says:

    Metabolism is a strange thing. Some can eat, others diet. Not fair!!
    Great photos of a super recipe, Joanne. Bright orange sweet potatoes and a lovely filling.

  8. Gloria Baker says:

    I love sweet potatos are delicious and these look delicious!

  9. Sarah says:

    so, when i first read the title of this post i thought you made samoas sweet potatoes–like the girl scout cookies! haha. samosa sweet potatoes sound amazing too πŸ™‚

  10. SallyBR says:

    My husband says he is on a diet = “I don’t have dessert”

    then he grabs a huge bowl of strawberry frozen yogurt, tops with a load of fresh strawberries with a sprinkle of sugar (granted, just a little sugar) – and when I stare at him, he says” BUT THIS IS FRUIT


    oh, well – he is not in need of a serious diet or anything, but it’s still funny

  11. Mira says:

    This is brilliant! I loooove samosas but don’t eat a lot of bread so I never want to make the crusts…. this is a great solution and looks so tasty!

  12. Such a scrumptious take on sweet potatoes! I love it, Joanne!

  13. Love this idea – I am a huge sweet potato fan and I am loving the flavors you added to this.

  14. Monica says:

    Mmmm…I love this! I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, eat it a few times a week. I’m inspired by all the flavors you have going on here.

  15. Pam says:

    My husband can eat anything and not gain weight too. It absolutely kills me because he doesn’t care about food. UGH! I was just thinking about stuffed sweet potatoes yesterday – these look amazing.

  16. Amy says:

    I want his diet – but alas, I am trying to fit into last year’s bathing suit. It’s going to happen. You two can have his and hers wedding cakes. One Oreo Peanut Butter and one Butternut Squash!

  17. Karen says:

    These look good… I’d have to throw some cheese on top, though πŸ™‚

  18. Melanie says:

    I’ll definitely be making these…I love samosas AND sweet potatoes!

  19. Love this Joanne! Stuffed sweet potatoes with indian spices sound amazing right now!

  20. Love this Joanne! Stuffed sweet potatoes sound amazing and knowing you it has to be good! AND, congrats on your engagement! I aam so happy for you! looking forward to your wedding plans next year. πŸ™‚ ANNA

  21. Love this Joanne! Stuffed sweet potatoes sound amazing and knowing you it has to be good! AND, congrats on your engagement! I aam so happy for you! looking forward to your wedding plans next year. πŸ™‚ ANNA

  22. Ashley Bee says:

    Haha, love it. I’m the same way these days–eat a cupcake, gain a dress size. Boyfriend just eats meat and potatoes, looks like a model. Oof. Trying to be better though. I love sweet potatoes but get disenchanted with them pretty quickly. This is a creative way to put them back on my plate!

  23. Eileen says:

    Oh man, wedding season. I think everyone has that one year when there seems to be a wedding every single month–and the plane tickets! OH. I hope at least you guys aren’t traveling coast to coast for too many of them. Anyway, these sweet potatoes look so good! I’ve been doing sweet potatoes stuffed with black bean & broccoli, but I think this one is going to have to enter the rotation too. πŸ™‚

  24. Beth says:

    Your sweet potatoes look awesome – but I’ll gladly eat sweet potatoes in any form. This must be the most blissful way possible to lose weight.

  25. What a tasty sounding sweet potato and so colorful.

  26. Abby says:

    Yes!! I saw this before I went grocery shopping and am proud to say I have all the ingredients now πŸ™‚ If this is how you kick start a diet, I want to be on your plan!!

  27. These sounds awesome AND I love that they are vegan!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  28. I’m on a wedding diet myself (for other weddings as well) and am TOTALLY digging this! Also, who eats Oreos before dinner?! lol I need to join this club.

  29. Haha, that was us last summer. I think we hit 7 weddings… what was most impressive was that NONE of the guest lists overlapped so I could wear the same dress to all of them. HAHAHAHA. πŸ™‚

    (PS, I hate weddings)

  30. sippitysup says:

    Clever shell on this samosa. PS send him to my house I can put a few pounds on him. GREG

  31. Jessie says:

    I had to laugh at your plans for an October wedding with a selection of winter squash – so Joanne. Also, I want to be on the.boy’s diet.

    These samosa-stuffed sweet potatoes look ridiculously good. A spring/summer update on a winter veggie. Nice!

    P.S. Love those Ikea placemats – we have those too!

  32. Oh these are so smart! I love samosas!

  33. bellini says:

    I would enjoy 1.5 servings as well Joanne.

  34. Natalie G says:

    What a healthy little treat, the stuffing looks so yummy and filling too.

  35. Hannah says:

    Yes! This is the answer to my lunchtime prayers. The best part of a samosa is of course the filling, and I could so happily just eat bowlfuls of the stuff. This is absolutely perfect!

  36. 5 weddings is a lot! I’d be stressing for multiple reasons, but if it means you get to eat like this, then I guess it’s a good thing!

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the wedding season. What an exciting time. I do hope you get your 10 different types of squash! I love samosas but I’ve never had them like this. What a great idea and not a deep-fryer in sight xx

  38. That Girl says:

    Great alternative to the traditional stuffed potato.

  39. Monet says:

    Smile. One of the things I love about being pregnant is that no one notices when I eat one too many muffins or cookies πŸ™‚ But that being said, I still think summer is a great time to eat a healthy and light meal like this! These look so good, Joanne! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl.

  40. Johanna GGG says:

    ay carumba – 5 weddings is quite a lot of matrimonials – if that doesn’t give the boy the hint I don’t know what will πŸ™‚

    love sweet potatoes – I think I might need to try this

  41. london bakes says:

    The thing I love about this is that you’re not compromising on flavour but you’re still keeping it healthy and wedding-friendly. Delicious!

  42. Katerina says:

    I think weddings will keep you pretty busy for the summer. These stuffed sweet potatoes are the best for a good head start!

  43. Foodycat says:

    These are brilliant! I love the potato masala filling for samosas so I can just imagine how tasty this is with sweet potato!

  44. Sam says:

    I had a summer once where I was invited to 13 weddings. There was minimal overlap, so I got two dresses that I alternated. It was insane–I was missing bachelorette parties because I was at other weddings. I think I lost weight that summer from a combination of dancing and being broke. πŸ˜‰ I would have rather eaten lovely meals like these sweet potatoes to make that happen though. They look amazing!

  45. Lynn says:

    That’s the best recipe recommendation of all – that he liked them that much. πŸ™‚

    One year – my niece Carla had to get a part-time job in order to pay for all the gifts, bridesmaid dresses, plane fares for all the weddings she went to.

  46. No wonder he couldn’t stop at one serving, they look so good! Ah boys and their metabolisms…

  47. I couldn’t eat 1.5 because I’d look at that other half and think it’s too small to save and too good to throw out. πŸ™‚

  48. You can not go wrong with anything sweet potatoes! The perfect wedding diet food.

  49. These look so good, I’d love one of these for dinner!

  50. definitely not envious of all those weddings! we just had one, and i’m glad it’s over (only b/c i was making the cake/cupcakes!). loving this sweet potato, yum yum πŸ™‚

  51. This is such a creative way to eat sweet potatoes –I love it! YUM!

  52. Ashley says:

    I love this flavor combo, and the peas add such a nice pop of color!

  53. Love sweet potatoes and great way to serve them! Diets are inevitable in everyone’s life occasionally πŸ™

  54. Reeni Pisano says:

    This breathes new life into sweet potatoes! Dieting never looked so good and tasty! Although I’d probably go back for seconds…

  55. Well these look fantastic! I LOVE sweet potatoes, and I’ve seen just about every variation of them, but this is something new!

  56. AH this is too cute! What a good idea, Joanne. I love diet foods that reinvent the fattier version rather than trying to mimic them with a bunch of fat-free substitutions.

  57. Honey says:

    Ooooh… what a cool idea… rather than a fried samosa, stuff the potato in a scooped out potato. It’s cute how you love Indian food, I don’t even think of this stuff cause I’m so used to it. πŸ™‚

  58. grace says:

    i love weddings and everything about them. if i had my druthers, i’d be a wedding crasher full time. πŸ™‚
    this is a great idea, joanne! golly, i love peas.

  59. I have an empire line dress for ‘in case’. I’m catching up after our trip πŸ™‚

  60. Why is it always the men that get the killer metabolism? Sigh. Now, I absolutely am not going to be able to stop thinking about these sweet potatoes – what a killer idea! I love samosas. I love sweet potatoes. Ummm..I’d double-love these.

  61. Laura says:

    THIS is the year you go to EWR!? WAH! We could’ve finally met!

    Anyhoo, can I just say that this would not be diet food for me because I would eat all of it in one sitting. Without pause. And I am woefully behind on blog reading. I am going to blame my in laws.

  62. Dining Alone says:

    Dang, wedding overload! These little potato boats need to sail directly into my kitchen, yum!

  63. Kristi says:

    I love anything with samosa flavorings, so I’ll definitely be saving this recipe to try soon.

  64. I’m saving this recipe to make this Fall with our sweet potatoes!!! yum!

  65. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I have to make this recipe. These potatoes look amazing πŸ™‚

  66. My husband eats at least 3 normal person servings at every meal and is a well-defined twig… Me? Not even close… So I’m glad you shared these! They look great and are a really nice twist on regular sweet potatoes!

  67. Sydni says:

    Hi Joanne! Question: Do you need to brush the potato skins with oil before baking, since the filling already was cooked in oil?

  68. I just made these last night and my friends and I loved them! It took the potatoes over 60 minutes to be soft enough to scoop the insides out, but once they were ready, they were fantastic

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