It’s no secret that Sweet Potatoes offer a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin A, and a great deal of fiber.Click here for best cooking directions.
Eating Whole Food Plant Based, it’s important to find a variety of exciting ways to prepare foods such a sweet potatoes. I’ve put them with black beans in veggie burgers, on pizza along with bits of beets. Delicious. I’ve eaten them the old fashion way, baked with some cinnamon on them.
I was ready for some new ideas for easy preparation and twists in the taste.
Right now Sweet Potatoes are the Sweethearts of the supermarket, with places such as my own local Aldi selling bags of fresh sweet potatoes for 99 cents a bag no better time to indulge. Trader Joes, Whole Foods and many other grocery store chains are selling more varieties of frozen and fresh sweet potato products, everything from frozen puffs, sweet potato fries, multi colored cubes, soups, sweet potato noodles both thin and windy and wide and flat, spaghetti sauces, easy to microwave, fresh, organic and canned of course. Even more reason to experiment.
So I purchased one bag of fresh cubed sweet potatoes from Trader Joes to see what I could do with it.
As a child I taught myself to cook through 4-H and a simple Better Homes and Gardens Children’s Cookbook. That cookbook included a recipe for orange juice marinated sweet potatoes that included brown sugar and it was syrupy and overly sweet. So I decided to give it a healthy make over.
I had a bottle of organic 100% pure carrot-orange juice I wanted to use. I had plenty of cinnamon on hand as well as organic ginger, light agave nectar, turmeric and so on to play with. Cranked out three ideas and I am more than pleased with the outcome.
Step One: Using a large skillet or wok, place the full contents of the Trader Joes Fresh Sweet Potato Cubes in the skillet or wok. Add two cups carrot orange juice, cinnamon and ginger to taste, and if desired 2 TBL light agave nectar. Stirring frequently over medium heat, let the liquid reduce to a sauce and the cubes partially cook.
Step Two: Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper or allow the smallest amount of fat based product such as Miyoko’s Kitchen Vegan Butter to grease the dish (you should never do this on a regular basis. It’s not healthy for your arteries). Pour the cubes and reduced sauce in the dish.
Step Three: If desired sprinkle cinnamon on the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Potatoes should be cooked thoroughly without being overly mushy. Each cube should keep it’s shape but be cooked through.
Idea One: A Lovely Side Dish
Idea Two: Add New Dimension And Increase Nutrition to Chili. Sweet And Savory Chili.
Low Sodium Tomato Juice base, dried black beans cooked per directions on bag, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, low sodium chili powder, turmeric, half a bottle of 100% pure organic carrot orange juice.
Idea Three: Pureed w/ a half cup of carrot orange juice, a cup of non sweetened high protein nut milk, turmeric and garnish.
Sweet is more sweet with the drama of some spice