Thursday, October 8, 2009

Savory Sweet Potatoes

I love me my orange vegetables--don't you? You can read tons of healthy food blogs and see "sweet potato" favored over regular white potatoes. These root vegetables are very high in beta-carotene (vitamin A anyone? yes please!), a great source of vitamin C and is rated very high in studies done for antioxidant powers. They are anti-inflammatory, inflammation is the leading cause of aging of the body ( you thought it was your birthday didn't you?)so perhaps these should be added to a fountain of soup recipe--I will work on that ASAP! Since this is a root vegetable it grows in the earth, where it can draw into it the minerals we need like maganese, copper, potassium and iron. Not to mention they are low in calorie and high in fiber.

Oh, I should add they are also delicious! No need to hide from the bright color or the health benefits of this one. Since they are coming into season right now, what a great time to offer you an alternative way to serve them aside from the traditional glop of butter and marshmallows.

From page 92 of our book, Squeaky Gourmet:

Savory Sweet Potatoes
serves 4
2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
2 tbls Olive Oil
pinch cumin
pinch ground ginger
pinch salt
pinch pepper
pinch paprika
juice of one lemon*

Heat a non-stick skillet with the oil on medium heat, cook potato and spices for approximately 15 minutes, stirring to blend. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook until they are golden brown and crisp on the outside, stirring frequently now to prevent burning. Squirt with lemon juice just before serving.

Other Good Ideas:
--Great cooked in the oven as well. Be sure to add oil and spices to a bowl and stir the potatoes to coat them evenly before baking.

Calories Per Serving:
Fat-7 grams
Protein- 1 gram
Carbohydrates- 14 grams

*the book calls for lime juice but in my house lime is the official flavor of the devil. So I use lemon instead :)

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