Clean it Up Mondays: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

So, get this. I did not come up with the ‘Clean it up Mondays’ idea. It was actually the boyfriend. He mentioned that I should do something similar to The Chive. He’s obsessed with that website. Along with every other male on this planet who likes to look at half naked selfie shots that women send in. You sluts, you. JUST KIDDING. Work with what you got. Anywho, his idea was to have certain days that I post certain things. Like how The Chive has hump day pictures that show half naked chicks. Well, since I don’t have half naked chick pictures to post, I thought doing something on Monday to make us healthier would suffice. And since so many of us real people tend to fall off the wagon a bit during the weekend, he thought Mondays would be a great day to post a recipe that would help you (and me) clean up our eating habits. GENIUS. He’s the greatest.

Now, Clean it up Monday also includes working out. If you haven’t joined a gym yet or started working out on your own, hopefully these Clean it up Mondays will help you out. What’s that you say? You can’t afford a gym? Don’t you worry. I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy, that posts new workouts daily, all workouts you can do at home on your own. That’s not true, I know the owner and he’s wonderful. And he’s ready to get you fit in your own household. And the best part of all, it’s FREE. So if you go onto, you’ll be greeted with a new email daily, telling you what workout you’ll be doing AND how to do it all with videos. Pretty rad.

Ok, enough about working out. KIDDING, LET’S TALK ABOUT MORE. Do you already workout on your own so you’re bored with this entire conversation? Well, perfect. Instead, let’s talk about some new workout songs to add to your collection. Here are some of my new favorites right now:

  1. I miss the misery by Halestorm
  2. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
  3. It’s Time – Kat Krazy Remix by Imagine Dragons
  4. Next to Me – James Egbert Remix by Emeli Sande
  5. Collide – Afrojack Remix by Leona Lewis
  6. Come & Get It by Selena Gomez
  7. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore
  8. Ray Ban Vision by A-Trak
  9. Anything by Jason Derulo
  10. Anything by Avicii

Now go listen to delightful music tunes. While you’re working out. Create a happier and healthier new you.

Ok, I’m annoyed with this over-the-top happiness.


Clean it Up Mondays: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 sweet potatoes or yam, holes poked throughout with a fork
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey (or more, if you would like)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 56 cups fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Poke holes in sweet potatoes and wrap in foil. Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  3. Once the sweet potatoes have about 10 minutes left to cook, add 2 tablespoons of bacon fat to a large pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add minced garlic cloves to the pan then add the onions.
  5. Once onions are translucent, add ground turkey and break up with a wooden spoon.
  6. While the turkey is cooking, add hot sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to the meat and mix.
  7. When turkey is pretty much done cooking, add spinach and cover to help the spinach steam, then mix with the meat.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste, then remove from heat.
  9. When the sweet potatoes are done cooking, cut open and mash insides up with a fork. Then add the turkey mixture to the inside.
  10. And eat!!

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84 thoughts on “Clean it Up Mondays: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Yum…and thanks for introducing me to the chive. What a glorious website. My second favorite (after this one of course)

  2. melissa larsen

    I have made something similiar when I used to eat Baked Potatoes!-Yummo sweet potatoes!!-

    Adios, Juli!!-


  3. I happen to have a pound of ground turkey hanging out in the fridge – imagine that! Guess I found our supper recipe…

  4. Firstly, those sweet potatoes look amazing. Secondly, you have ruined my excuse of “I can’t afford crossfit anymore”…which leads to “if I’m not doing Crossfit, there is no reason to deal with being paleo anymore…” Thanks for that. (I mean that only kinda sarcastically)

  5. your sweet potato recipes always make me drool!! I’ve been on a no starch paleo diet for 10 months now and I told myself If I was healed by 1 year, I could try a sweet potato. well, i’m still pretty sick so it will be a while. but when I can have them, i’m starting with all your sweet potato recipes!! for now, I just have to salivate at the screen.

  6. Hi Julie,
    I’ve tried on a few occasions to open the Bodeefit site whenever you’ve mentioned it, but it always tells me that the website is down. Is it the site or perhaps my computer?
    Love your cookbook btw! I haven’t eaten a salad in a month!

    1. i think so because i’ve never come across that issue or heard of that before. try googling it and finding the website that way, maybe it will work

  7. Totally making this tonight, but with a ground beef and some other veggies to throw into the mix. The kitchen sink in a sweet potato is probably what it’s going to end up being. Thanks for sharing!

  8. These look great! I’m always looking for new ways to stuff my sweet potatoes, but I usually get stuck in ruts. Thanks for the new idea!

  9. Cannot wait to make this! Also just wanted to take a minute to thank you for being so inspirational. You inspired me to start with a trainer again and set a goal of getting in to crossfit in these upcoming months. Thanks, Juli! 🙂

  10. made this tonight for din! really good. used only 1 tablespoon of hot sauce & still pretty spicy. could easily have be enough for four servings, if you have a couple sides & use good sized sweet potatoes.

  11. I had ground beef and fresh collard greens. It looks very good. The collards worked, but would have been better if they’d already been cooked.

  12. These look absolutely delicious!! Stopping at the market on the way home today to get some sweet potatoes… 🙂

  13. Juli! Dude- love the blog. Also, you and I have similar music taste! I made up a playlist for a relay I ran a couple weekends ago, try out some of these songs for your workouts!

    Otherwise: Soldiers
    Volbeat: Warrior Call
    Fall out Boy: My Song Knows what you Did in the Dark
    Thousand Foot Krutch: Fly on the Wall

    If you dont have Sirusxm- get it. Octane is the best!

  14. yes to your Chiver bf (did you see the sweet Colorado KCCO shirts?!) and your playlist…

    and to cleaning it up. getting lazy because I’m about to move and my friends gave me all this bachelor food 🙁

  15. Halestorm- they make a regular appearance in all our workouts. They are my coach’s favorite band. Recipe looks awesome! And so simple.

  16. Morgan Smillie

    I tried the recipe very yummy wish my palate was not more attracted to salt and sugar than meat! I think I would have enjoyed it more. I couldn’t wait more than an hour for those sweet potatoes to cook so they were a little hard, but overall the recipe was very yummy! Love paleo cooking!

  17. Can’t wait to try this! I got your cookbook in the mail today. When your recipes call for “hot sauce” are you referring to like a salsa or something along the lines of a Tabasco? Just not sure with some calling for up to a half a cup. Thanks!

  18. This is amazing. I made it for my husband and I tonight and a vegetarian version for our daughter. We loved them! Keep sharing the GREAT reciepes

  19. I have been craving these since seeing the pic last week and finally made them yesterday- delish! I only put in a few dashes of tabasco and substituted chili powder for the cayenne so that I could get the spice but not the heat… still super good. I’m at work eating one right this minute!
    Thanks for all the easy peasy recipes. They are always no muss, no fuss.. something every girl can make.

  20. Girl, you are teaching me how to cook! I felt a need to express my gratitude since I’ve been cooking my way through your charming little blog for the last 2 weeks; I was starting to feel like a stalker. Everything has been outstanding and gotten me props. Im obsessed with your cuban rice!!!!! This easy recipe is just what I needed to cook for my man while we watch some NBA Playoffs tonight. Merci Beacoup chef Juli.

  21. Just made these with Okinawan sweet potatoes (the purple ones – usually the only ones I can find here in Hawaii). I mangled the potato skins entirely. So it was mostly delicious stuff on top of skin scraps, but completely amazing even with my lack of skills. Your site is the one reason why I’m eating so much better and mostly-paleo-ish. Thank you! 🙂

  22. Yum! This was delicious! I added bacon to them because well, I had it in the fridge. My husband is also obsessed with The Chive… Because you know they have funny pictures, right. If you’re ever down in Durango, we have a great crossfit box here 🙂

  23. Made these last night and they were amazing! Used siracha (and lots of it ha) and they were delicious. I’ll definitely be using this as a go to clean and delicious meal!

  24. Just found this website today! I started doing paleo this week…I’ve had food allergies to gluten, milk, and eggs (and other random foods like eggplant…??) I already made this recipe and LOVED it! I’m also a major foodie…and should have switched to paleo months ago. I will be on your site literally everyday now. And also you’re hilarious! Please keep posting stories about goose poop and what not!

  25. Christine Sten

    This was really simple and delicious. You know what I did with this? You know what I did?! I bought really big sweet potatoes and ate half for dinner and half for breakfast. Kiddos took one look at the meat mixture and said no way. Passing on protein is blasphemy around here. Got them to take a bite. After they tried it, they came back for thirds!

    Oh, and I love the breakfast meatloaf too. Gonna try mixing in stuff like kale and/or apples etc. etc. etc.

  26. Tried this tonight for dinner! Amazing!! My husband gave it a 7/10! I did use a little less hot sauce but OMG was it delish! Definitely going in the ‘cook again’ recipe book! Thanks for sharing!

  27. I made this for dinner and it was awesome! The grocery store near me sells microwavable sweet potatoes that when cooked it tastes identical to a baked sweet potato. It took me 10 minutes to make this and I had minimal clean up. I am adding this to my recipe rotation! I also topped this with crumbled bacon.

  28. I made this last night with the intention of taking it to work for lunch. I fretted over whether to add the meat mixture after reheating everything, or just wrap the stuffed potatoes in foil and hope for the best. I’m lazy so i wrapped the stuffed sweet potato in foil, and reheated the whole thing in a crap microwave at my office. DELISH! You are awesome. I love this blog.

  29. Liked this recipe, but made a small change. Added a bit of soy sauce to the turkey and cooked down for a great flavor. Still trying to adjust my palate to like sweet potatoes.

  30. I made this tonight with beef instead of turkey (as my grocery store was out of it) and it was great! Thanks so much for the idea!

  31. Is there an alternative to Sweet Potatoes for this recipe. My understanding is potatoes are not healthy for losing weight, especially for a person who cannot turn them off.

  32. I made this for dinner last night, and it was so delicious that I seriously had to make a special trip back over here this morning to tell you how good it was. YUM! I’ve been lurking here for a while, but this is the first time I’ve ever tried to actually make one of your recipes (normally I don’t have half the stuff your recipes call for, haha). Now I can’t wait to try everything else! Thanks for gracing the internet with your culinary genius 🙂

  33. Loved this recipe. It inspired me to use the seasonings for turkey burgers with spinach and all seasonings. I did add zucchini to the meat mixture so that it would keep the burgers moist.

  34. This is delicious! I normally don’t like ground turkey, but this is awesome! So easy! Thanks for sharing.

  35. I made this for the first time a few weeks ago when I was on the hunt for a new quick, easy throw together meal. My boyfriend was pretty skeptical when I told him what I was making but it’s become one of our favorite meals. We’ve eaten it nearly every week, except for the weeks its been too hot to use the oven. Thanks so much!

  36. I am still learning……..can the bacon fat be substituted with something else? Is it something you can buy or do you just have it leftover from breakfast?

  37. These rocked my world…twice! Last night for dinner and again today for lunch! I totally botched my google search, though, and ended up seasoning the meat according to your twice-baked sweet potato recipe. I was worried, but then we ate them and BOOM! Spicy goodness!

  38. I tried this last night. Sustitutted cumin for the cayenne …I like spicey but not too much! I also added sauteed mushroom, zuchinni and peppers. Yumm!! I want to try a lot of your recipes but right now I am really trying to watch my calorie intake for weight loss. Once i’m at my goal I cant wait to try more!!!

  39. I tried this last night and my PICKY husband loved it. CRAZY. I also loved it!!! When I saw the recipe, I didn’t think it would be that good but this is totally going on my dinner rotation. This meal is literally a winner! Healthy, delicious and low fat! I didn’t have bacon fat so I used coconut oil and it was still baller! Thank you so much for providing awesome healthy recipes! I’m new to your blog and this was my first recipe of yours. Quite impressed! I will be making more of your recipes this week!

  40. I’m new to the paleo / primal lifestyle and saw the recipe and had to try it. it was AMAZING! even my boyfriend who isn’t on the diet loved it. will be visiting this website more often 🙂

  41. Making this and 2 other of your recipes this week. I have been crossfitting for about 3 months now and just allowed myself to enter a challenge…. ya know, “paleo” challenge. Therefore, I’m stalking your website! I’m so impressed! I’m particularly impressed by the recipe box. I have always wanted to have this kind of application (well dreamed that it was me who created it). I have 2 kids and a muscle man husband so cooking is overwhelming. This rocks. I’m also starting a mommy blog and I’m definetly sending mommies your way!

    4 stars only because I haven’t actually eaten it yet 🙂

    Thank you!
    Natalie ( coming soon.

  42. This is an amazing yet simple recipe! Sometimes it is hard to make ground turkey taste good and this recipe knocks it out of the park! I added some avocado on top and it was delicious, thank you!

  43. This recipe is AMAZING! I wasn’t sure whether to use sweet potatoes or yams, so I went with the sweet potatoes (yellow insides) and they turned out absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be making these again. You’ve found yourself a new subscriber 🙂

  44. Loved this recipe! I had to make a couple of changes because of my strange digestive system. Left out the hot sauce and cayenne pepper added a tiny bit of Heinz chili sauce and a few mushrooms that I had left in the fridge. My husband really liked the dish considering he is not thrilled with ground turkey. Next time I will add some avocado as suggested. Thank you for all your imaginative recipes!!!

  45. Deeeeeeeeeeelicious!!!! You made ground turkey taste amazing!

    My boyfriend is usually the chef of our duo, and rarely expresses excitement about me doing any cooking, but I made this last night, and he couldn’t stop raving about it!! I’m still kind of learning how to cook, and your blog helps make it a lot less stressful.

    I omitted the hot sauce, cuz I’m kind of a wimp. It still turned out great!

    I didn’t have bacon fat, but I had bacon, so I made bacon fat (lol) and then threw bacon bits on top of everything at the end. Loved it.

    The sweet potatoes I used were rather large, and did not get fully cooked within the 50 minutes in the oven, so I split them open and threw them in the microwave with coconut oil for a few minutes to hurry them up.

    This meal was eaten with a lot of “mmmm”ing and many compliments from the boyfriend. Thanks for making me look so much more kitchen-competent than I really am! 😀

  46. Love, love the flavor. This recipe has soared to the top of my favorites! I made it for a group so I decided to double it and make a casserole out of it. I simply spread the turkey and greens mixture in a baking dish and layered the potatoes on top. Great for leftovers too!

  47. I don’t really cook, but I had sweet potatoes and ground turkey and no idea what to do?!?!….I came across your recipe! And Just wanted to say that it was sooo delicious!! Thank you thank you! My tummy is happy

  48. I came across this recipe two weeks back (how did I miss it!!). I have made it TWICE. The second time was last night for a few friends that came over to watch Packers Vs. Seahawks. The meal was a HUGE success! I added chopped mushrooms and a jalapeno to the dish and it was supper yummy!

    This might be my favorite dish.. (It’s super easy)

    PS. I crockpot my sweet potato’s, on low while at work.

  49. I just made these for my week of lunches at work! I am soooooooo happy right now…I have died and gone to heaven!! I find myself counting down the minutes util I get to eat lunch!

    On another note, I bought your newest cookbook this weekend and cannot wait to try some of the recipes! It’s a beautiful book!

  50. Totally making these right now as we speak! Everything is going smoothly but I find that I am having a hard time cooking the sweet potatoes. They’ve been in the oven for an hour and I check the smallest one and it’s still rock hard! Maybe my oven is broken? Maybe I’m broken! 🙂

  51. I would like to make this for a couple of my lunches this week. Has anyone tried making everything ahead of time and then refrigerating the items separately? Do the ingredients hold up to a night or two in the fridge? Thanks!

  52. Just wanted to stop in & say THANK YOU for this recipe! I have just started a grain-free lifestyle & am trying to get my family on board, too. After I found this recipe & my husband made these, I think he’s going to be all for it! They were absolutely delicious. So filling & so tasty! These will be a staple in my house, for sure!

  53. I tried this recipe tonight and really enjoyed it. I made a couple of changes: I used olive oil instead of bacon fat, added tomato paste and omitted the hot sauce and cayenne to make it more kid friendly. I baked two sweet potatoes and two regular potatoes. The husband and one of my children prefer regular to sweet. It worked well with regular potatoes too. We will keep this recipe around and make it again.

  54. Just made these and I’m so in love. These are so delicious!!! I bought pretty large sweet potatoes, so I had to bake them for 20 extra minutes. I also added some red pepper flakes for fun. Thank you!!

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