Sweet Potato Ravioli

I am loving all this time off of work.  I feel its been the best of all worlds – productive, lazy and family time!

My Mom loves sweet potatoes.  Pretty sure there isn’t a way she doesn’t love them – except without melted marshmallows on top!  Is anyone a fan of that dish below?

sweet potato

I told her I’d take the leftover yams she brought me (still don’t know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato – they are pretty much the same thing if you ask me!)

Only one tiny problem – the sweet potatoes were SO sweet – she’d sprinkled them with a little brown sugar and butter.  So I needed to find something to balance the sweet.  I ended up adding 3 giant handfuls of fresh baby spinach, some crushed red pepper and Italian seasonings to the filling – the result?  A slightly sweet, yet savory ravioli.

Sweet Potato Spinach Ravioli

  • makes 20 ravioli – 5 raviolis per serving:  269 calories, 8 fat, 36 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 10 protein

Ingredients:

For the ravioli pasta:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt

Put in your food processor and pulse until combined.   Put on your counter and knead for about 5 minutes.  I let my dough rest in the fridge for about 20 minutes before rolling out, because it’s a really soft dough.

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces cooked sweet potato
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 ounces vegetarian cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (can adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • cracked pepper
  • pinch of salt

I have a ravioli press – they are cheap, I think I bought mine for $10 bucks on Amazon.com.

ravioli press

I had way more filling than I did pasta – I think I am going to mix some of the leftover spinach mixture with leftover mashed potatoes for potato pancakes for my SIL. Open-mouthed smile

ravioli two

Since the filling was more spinachy (yep, that’s a word) vs. sweet, I made a simple tomato cream sauce.  I made these on Friday with every intention of bringing them to my Mom yesterday, but completely forgot them at home – so hopefully my SIL likes them!

We ended up having a second Thanksgiving at my Mom’s house last night.  It’s the first time my Mom has had the family over for a big meal since she bought her house over the summer.  She got an expandable kitchen table (no dining room in her new house) so it was a full house!

I, of course, being the crazy Aunt B., had to keep it weird for my niece and nephews – I have no idea what their opinion is of me, but it keeps them laughing, so that’s a good thing.  I put the picture of me singing on Facebook last night and said “It’s not a party until I start singing!”

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And the food was delicious – pot roast, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes.  My niece made pecan pie all by herself, my nephew made the pumpkin pie and my sister made stuffed nutella chocolate chips cookies.  In case you are wondering, I deemed a small piece of each dessert insulin worthy!  I made the cheddar drop biscuits

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I have a confession to make.  I didn’t run at all these last three days!  And today ends my 21 day challenge.  I did manage to complete 15 5ks in 21 days though – so that’s saying something!  My fastest time?  35:06.  I was able to shave 5 minutes and 39 seconds from my beginning time in that amount of time – winning!

I am looking forward to mixing up my exercise for this next challenge – hitting up the pool is number 1 on my list!  And I have to take advantage of group exercise classes at the gym – hoping their December schedule works with my schedule.

I am joining up with Brooke’s Skinny Snowman Challenge.  And it may just be the fact that I am a snowman whore that I made the decision to join up! 

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You can get the details here – just send Brooke and email and let her know if you are interested in participating.  Prizes will be involved! Open-mouthed smile

My coffee just finished brewing – nothing better than a quite Sunday morning with coffee and the Sunday paper.  And I may need to make pumpkin pancakes!

pumpkin pancakes

Enjoy your Sunday!

16 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Ravioli

  1. OMG, adding spinach is a BRILLIANT idea! I have a poor man’s version with wonton wrappers that I am planning on making, but I LOVE the idea of processing the sweet potatoes with spinach. Totally stealing that, and will give you credit!

  2. The ravioli looks awesome! Double the fun Thanksgiving for you, what a treat. Great job on your challenge, admire you for putting it out there. That is a lot of 5k’s and a great time improvement.

  3. Your family seems like a lot of fun Biz. All the food looks delicious. Congratulations on completing your 5K challenge and improving your time along the way. Enjoy your Sunday!!

  4. That last picture (of the pancakes) is pretty cool! :) And congrats on your time improvement–that’s awesome!

  5. Homemade ravioli sounds pretty darn amazing right now! So creative. And yes- pumpkin anything wins in my book so I would be ALL about those pancakes!

    • Funny enough, I was tainklg to Josh yesterday and I told him the story about you and your new phone! It was a Saturday morning around 6:30 and i couldnt get in the Riley Center because I don’t have a set of keys. Lucky for me you(John) were working and not only did you get there fast but you put the police siren on your phone and played it through the speakers! You were so proud to tell Rachael and I about ya’lls new phones!

  6. Your ravioli sounds amazing!! And I love the picture of you singing :)

  7. I love that picture of you singing – and your family get-together sounds like it was a barrel of laughs!

    • across the Tasman this morning to see Suzanne’s leatst post and it was for a quick and easy Pasta, Mushroom and Walnut Salad.a0 That will do for dinner tonight’, I thought. Pasta, Mushroom and Walnut

  8. Your ravioli sounds awesome! Also, I wanted to let you know that I have a giveaway going on over at my blog. It’s a copy of my book. One reason I have been MIA from blogging is because I have been busy with lots of writing projects, and one is a book…and it is finally here. Stop by and check it out! Thanks!

  9. I think my kids think you are as crazy as me! :) and that’s a good thing! Great laughing with you – it was a lot of fun – and my kids ate the rest of your biscuits :(

  10. Biz you did a fantastic job on your 5K’s the past 21 days, 15 in 21 days is fantastic!~

    And another great evening spend with you family. I love that photo of you, it’s says happiness and I love that.

  11. […] to menu plan for her based on what I usually have on hand.  Since I forgot to bring my Mom the sweet potato spinach ravioli, Jody got an extra meal this […]

  12. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    The ravioli filling sounds so good! I wonder how it would work if I used wonton wrappers instead – making pasta dough sort of intimidates me! But yum =)

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