Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles

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Every time I use a spiralizer, I’m totally amazed at how fast it turns loads of veggies into a delicious pile of noodles! It even shreds up an onion so fast it makes me think twice about even bothering to cut anything up by hand anymore.

Spiralizing has quickly become one of my favorite ways to get a fast and healthy dinner to the table! One of the biggest challenges I’ve found with veggie noodles so far, is cooking for more than two people at a time. It’s hard to find a pan large enough to accommodate that many veggie noodles, but I’ve finally found a solution. I’ve started making part of the veggie noodles on the stove top and roasting the starchier veggie noodles like sweet potato and butternut in the oven. This gives you twice as many noodles, then you just toss them together at the end and serve!

I love adding sweet potato noodles for a number of reasons. Their sweetness is a welcome addition to so many flavor combinations, and they’re chock full of nutrients and carbs for energy! I know carbs go through fazes where they’re not so popular but I’m a huge fan of good quality carbs, (and sweet potatoes are a great powerhouse choice)!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

To start this recipe, I begin by sautéing the chicken and setting it aside, that way it doesn’t get overcooked during the rest of the process.

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I like to slice up the bell pepper by hand because I find it easier than spiralizing it. The mushrooms are also sliced by hand, (I wish I could just run everything through this great little machine, but it turns out I’ll be keeping my knives for a few tasks)!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

The spiralizer will turn several zucchini and a whole onion into noodles in just a couple minutes!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

I sauté the onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, and zucchini together while the sweet potato noodles are roasting in the oven.

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once the sweet potato noodles are roasted, you simply toss them in with your sautéed mixture on the stove top. And that’s it – a simple healthy dinner for more than 2!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Love Cajun flavors? Head on over and try my Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits too!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

I knew this recipe was a hit when my husband didn’t even speak until his bowl was empty! When he finally looked up he said ‘is there more?’ and that’s all I need to know I’m on the right track with him! I hope you enjoy this sweet/spicy tangle of noodles as much as we do!

Note: I used Simply Organic’s Cajun seasoning for this recipe which is on the mild side. You will need to vary the amount of Cajun seasoning called for depending on which brand you use and how spicy it is!

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Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles


Ingredients

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Sweet Potato Noodles:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and the ends cut off
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil

Veggie Noodles:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, about 15, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and the ends sliced off
  • 1 large zucchini, about 12 ounces, ends sliced off
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 tomatoes, about 12 ounces, chopped
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, about 1/2 of a small bunch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Start by spiralizing the sweet potatoes, and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Spiralize the red onion and zucchini and set them aside. Clean the spiralizer right away for easy cleanup!
  4. Toss the sweet potato noodles with the avocado oil, Cajun seasoning, and sea salt. Set them aside while you prepare the chicken.
  5. Cut the chicken thighs up into bite-sized pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, when the pan is preheated add the avocado oil, cut up chicken, Cajun seasoning, and sea salt to the pan. Sauté the chicken until it’s no longer pink. Transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Place the sweet potato noodles in the oven to roast.
  7. While the sweet potato noodles are roasting sauté the prepared bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, zucchini, and garlic in the remaining 1 tablespoon of avocado oil until the veggies are just tender.
  8. When the sweet potato noodles have softened, but not turned to mush, about 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and add them to the pan with the sautéed veggies. Add the sautéed chicken, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.
  9. Cook just long enough to heat through and serve immediately!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins

18 thoughts on “Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles”

  1. Ok, you’ve sold me, it’s time to get a spiralizer. So the kids can do their whole Play Doh deal and I can play with my spiralizer! Loving the idea of sweet potato noodles, my kids love those! And even the spice. My kids must be weird because they love the heat! Go figure. As always, I like how nutritious this meal is!

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    • I think you’ll love having a spiralizer, be sure to check out inspiralized.com for her recommendations on spiralizers because she really knows the in’s and out’s! Veggie noodles have quickly become our favorite way to eat healthy, and it makes short work of the prep time on salads as well!

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