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Recipe Summary

Serving: 4 people

  • Makes 8 potato halves (lunch, snack, or light dinner for 4 people)

preparation time: 1 hour


  • This recipe asks you to microwave the potatoes for 5 minutes to soften them, and then to finish cooking them in the oven, but...

  • ...If you prefer, you could roast the potatoes in the oven at 425° for 30-40 minutes before starting to cook with your child (instead of microwaving them)


  • Contains dairy (but can be swapped out)
  • Meat-free, can also be made vegan


  • To make dairy-free and vegan
    • Instead of butter, use olive oil
    • Instead of mozzarella, use dairy-free mozzarella style shreds (try Daiya brand)

Shopping List


  • Sweet potatoes: aim for 4 palm-sized sweet potatoes (or more if they're smaller). Giant ones are okay but will take longer to cook.

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 lime

  • 1 can of low-sodium black beans

  • Package of shredded mozzarella (you'll use about 1/2 cup)

    • or dairy-free mozzarella style shreds (try Daiya brand)

  • Chili powder

  • Ground cumin

  • Ground cinnamon


  • Unsalted butter (you'll use about a half stick)

    • (or olive oil for dairy free)

  • Salt and pepper

Learn more about the ingredients in this recipe

Video courtesy of our friends at How Does It Grow?

(P.S. this video is about regular white potatoes, but sweet potatoes grow in a similar way)