Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


I think there’s a reason that 1) opposites attract and 2) they make great books like “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”. I haven’t actually read said book, but I can only imagine it brings to light the inherent differences between men and women. Because there are many, at least in the case of Mr. Prevention and I.

We’ve been together since I was 18. To say I know him and his “idiosyncrasies” is quite the understatement. Outside of the occasional surprise words from his mouth, he could just as well not talk and I wouldn’t miss a beat of what his wheels upstairs turn out. Am I that good, or is he just that predictable? Who knows.


Regardless of knowing the grief I’ll catch, I sometimes do what I want. Like make Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, even though Mr. Prevention doesn’t care for sweet potatoes other than in french fry form…and I know I’m going to hear about it.

And sometimes, he does what he wants regardless of the grief it will cause me. Like Sunday, when I was taking him to the airport and I noticed he had MY carry-on suitcase (plus his) packed for the week.

“What am I going to take to Seattle?” I asked.

“You may have to go to Kohl’s and get a new carry-on. I left a coupon on the counter.” he replied, looking away quickly before the “WTH!” looks came flooding his way with a vengeance. My dinner selection is a far cry from the shenanigans he pulls, no?


But believe me, I got to hear all about how “he really wanted pizza for dinner” blah blah blah…and then he ate one of the sweet potatoes. Too lazy to make a frozen pizza? Decided they looked pretty tasty? Who knows. He likely wouldn’t fess up to either.

Tail tucked between his legs, he agreed that these were good. Lily enjoyed the scents of them (I had to throw in one last Lily picture for the week!).


I learned (came to grips with?) a few important things about our relationship here recently.

First, we’re both kind of stubborn and do what we want at times. It just so happens that he does what he wants a far more regular basis and with more “serious” matters than what’s for dinner. I am biased, this I know. He should start a food blog and throw me under the bus for the world to read!

Second, I will never understand men and I should probably stop trying to.

Third, if he thinks he won’t like dinner…chances are he’s wrong.


Today will be a Chinese fire drill of events trying to get Lily where she needs to be, me packed and to work, training my replacement (again), and getting to Seattle. Breathe. I can’t wait for a LONG weekend of friends, family, seafood, and coffee!! Life is good.

See you in the Northwest,


  1. I would not have thought to pair black beans and those spices with sweet potatoes, but we had these last week and loved them, too! Have a great trip :)

  2. Ooooh! These look yummy – and that’s saying a lot because I don’t even like sweet potatoes!
    Love the pup shot, too! So cute! :-D

  3. Oh I’m dieing of laughter over here. Just because I know Mark, I feel like this is THAT much more funny to read! And, by the way, you have to read Men are From MArs, Women are From Venus. I have the entire book marked up with passages that I go back and read constantly. It really helps :) I’m just one of those paranoid girls that doesn’t want to end up like my parents! Ugh.
    Have a fun trip, Nicole! I hope you get a nice new carry-on :)

  4. I love this post for so, so many reasons. First, those potatoes look absolutely to die for. Everything you make is so delicious. Two, that picture of Lily is just the cutest thing ever and should be on dog food boxes. Three, the story about you and your husband made me crack up! Because it’s so true and so much like me and Brian. The only major difference is that Brian would never save a coupon. :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Mark should be on one of those couponing shows. Romance died when dinners out revolved around “what we had coupons for”…

  5. Jason doesn’t like sweet potatoes either, but I think I’m going to make this anyway.

  6. I totally laughed out loud at the luggage story! Hilar.

  7. Amazing! I really need to stop being so lazy when it comes to stuffed or twice-baked potatoes. They’re really not THAT hard, so I don’t know what my deal is…

  8. OMG that looks amazing! I’m pinning this for later!

  9. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to see you! Travel safe! And I look forward to checking out your new suitcase, as well :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Oh you can’t miss it. MAGENTA suit case! He won’t steal this one…I think. Can’t wait to see you!

  10. I’ve made a variation of these before, and they’re fantastic! I’m going to give these a go too :)

  11. These look so good. I’ve been craving potatoes lately; these would definitely quench that craving!

  12. Bookmarking this. These sound phenomenal. One of my old editors actually wrote a book about living with a boyfriend was the antithesis of her in terms of trying to eat healthy… Sounds like a similar story! Although, I love to hear how you always bring him to his senses by perking his senses with yummy food.

  13. First, these sound amazing. It doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Prevention loved them. When is he going to stop doubting you?
    Second, how long are you going to be in Seattle? Thats SOOO close to me.

  14. I have a similar relationship with my husband – we’ve been together since I was 18 also.

  15. Ohhh, this had me laughing out loud. At least he left you a coupon!

  16. They look great! Glad you enjoyed them.

  17. Mmm, I’ve been meaning to try these for ages. My hubby doesn’t like sweet potatoes so I’ve been putting it off, but they look so good :)


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