15ozchickpeasno-salt-added, drained and rinsed & mashed
6Tbspchopped green or red onions
6Tbspplain Greek yogurt
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Wash sweet potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel, then poke holes using a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Place sweet potatoes in oven and set timer for 45-60 minutes. Rotate and/or flip sweet potatoes every 15-20 minutes using tongs to cook evenly.
While sweet potatoes are baking, prepare other ingredients. Combine spice mixture in a small bowl: brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder and black pepper. Set aside. Dice yellow onion & chop green onion for topping; drain and rinse chickpeas.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, then add diced yellow onion and minced garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
Next, add ground meat, and cook until browned. Once cooked, add your spice mix, and stir to evenly distribute throughout. Cook for about 1 minute.
Add 1/4 cup water and 8 oz of tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat, and simmer for ~2 minutes until thickened.
Microwave chickpeas for about 20-30 seconds, and then use clean hands to remove the skins (optional). After heating, they come off very easily. Also optional - use a fork or the back of a spoon to gently mash/flatten chickpeas (ideal if you are serving to baby). Add chickpeas to the meat mixture and stir until combined.
Once sweet potatoes are soft, remove from oven, cut in half and top with the sloppy joe mixture (~1/2-2/3 cup). Garnish with chopped green onions and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, if desired.
Serve alongside roasted veggies of choice, or a side salad.
Chop up vegetables of choice to roast. (Suggestions: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, etc.)
Toss veggies in extra virgin olive oil to lightly coat, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic powder, and place in oven at 400 F, alongside baking sheet with sweet potatoes.
Roast for ~30-35 minutes, tossing veggies halfway through to cook evenly.
Sloppy joe mixture makes about 8-10 servings total. Serve any leftovers on whole wheat buns or Sandwich Thins, with additional baked sweet potatoes, or freeze in a freezer-safe container for future use.