Hello! I hope you all are having a great week. This week is as busy as I thought it was going to be so this is just a quick post. I have a great recipe for you that we had as a demo in class two weeks ago and that I made at home this past weekend. Baked spiced sweet potatoes and apples. It was made for us as a breakfast recipe but I think it is good for lots of things. Just from the oven for breakfast is of course good, but I have eaten it cold, and on top of yogurt. I think it would be excellent mixed into some oatmeal. For meat eaters it would be good on the side of a some sort of pork dish. Or perhaps with some barbecued chicken. It makes a great snack as well. It is easy to make and not too many ingredients. Apples are just about out of season so I would make this soon, or wait until next Fall. The ginger and cinnamon add a nice spice. I didn't use any sweetener as I had golden delicious apples which are quite sweet. If you use something like a granny smith you may need the maple syrup.
On another note, we had a field trip this morning for school. How great is that? We went to The Natural Gardener which is a fabulous organic gardening store here in Austin. More than just a store it is also demonstration gardens, and an educational center. The staff is really knowledgeable and can help you with any gardening question you may have. I loved it! They have chickens and goats which were so fun. After that we went to an Indian grocery store. It was so helpful to go there with a knowledgeable chef because so much of their inventory is unknown to me. I bought some really good spices, some basmati rice, mung beans, and some puffed rice I am going to use to make a spicy Indian snack mix. I'll show you once I make it but I suspect it is not something anyone else will be curious about. If it is great, I'll share the recipe…..In the meantime, here are some pictures from The Natural Gardener. Now go make yourself some baked spiced sweet potatoes!
Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (4 - 6 servings)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes)
- 1 large apple or 2 medium apples, cored and cut into chunks
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. In a large ovenproof skillet heat the coconut oil. Add the sweet potatoes, spices and salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add ginger, cinnamon, and raisins. Add water and salt. Stir well to combine. Cover and cook in the oven until the potatoes are soft and everything is nicely cooked together. Serve warm.