Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

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Did you know there is a difference between sweet potatoes and yams? It’s common for most people to confuse the two!

Sweet potatoes are yellow to cream-colored inside, drier than yams, with a mild, nutty taste, where as Yams are moist and sweet and orange when you cut into them.

Be creative with your sweet potatoes and yams!  They can be used in most recipes calling for potatoes, pumpkin, squash and even bananas when use in breads, cakes and cookies. They are high in fiber, high in antioxidants, have a low glycemic index and are an excellent source of potassium.

Ingredients:

8 large sweet potatoes

1 c olive oil

sea salt and ground black pepper

1/2 c white wine vinegar

2 medium red bell peppers

4 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp grated orange zest

1 c sliced scallions

1 c fresh minced basil leaves

1.5 jalapeno peppers,minced

1/2 raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into bite- sized pieces. Put them on a baking sheet, drizzle with 4 tbsp of the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast turning occasionally, until crisp and brown outside and just tender inside, about 30 minutes. Remove and keep on the pan until ready to dress.

2. Make the dressing while the potatoes cook. Put the remaining oil in a blender along with the vinegar, bell pepper, cumin and zest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.

3. Toss the warm potatoes with the scallion, basil, jalapenos and raisins. Add 1 c of the dressing and toss to coat, adding more if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately or a room temperature.

I found this recipe in a little booklet that came with my last purchase of yams- you can find more recipes here!

xo erin

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Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs in Green Curry

Quick delicious meal in only 30 minutes!

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Recipe adapted from The Healthy Glow Co.

 

ingredients

meatballs:

1 pound ground chicken

1/4 c old fashioned oats, gluten free

1/4 c coconut flour

1 small sweet potato, grated

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 tbsp olive oil ( add more for frying)

 

curry sauce:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 (15 ounce can) coconut milk

1 small red onion, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1.5 zucchini, cut into cubes

1.5 c cauliflower

1.5 c snow peas

3 tbsp green curry paste

3.5 tbsp lime juice (1.5 limes)

salt to taste

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directions

  1. preheat oven to 375F
  2. in a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the meatballs (except for olive oil)
  3. Heat a large, oven safe skillet over medium heat and add olive oil to the pan. Make balls, 1 inch in size with your hands. It works best of your hands are slightly moist with water. Place in skillet. Repeat.
  4. Brown meatballs for 4-5 minutes (they don’t need to be fully cooked.) Remove from heat. Set meatballs aside.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, mix coconut milk, curry paste, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Heat olive oil in the same skilled you used for the meatballs. Add red onion, red pepper and snow peas. Saute veggies for 2 mins. Add coconut curry sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add browned meatballs to the skillet so they are sitting in the curry mixture. Place in the oven and bake at 375F for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve on a bed of rice or spinach.

serves 6.

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Tikki Masala

my  friend was coming over for lunch and I didn’t have much time to fix something so I threw this in a pot and I was pleasently surprised by how delicious it was!! well I guess I used 2 pots to make some garlic rice- yum my favorite! A family that I ate with on my mission would make this garlic rice that I died over every time! They make it a lot in brazil…so I guess it’s not Indian to go with this dish but you can add garlic to about anything right? The recipe for this delicious garlic rice will be coming soon!!

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ingredients

1.5 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 onion, chopped finely

1 can chickpeas (540 ml)

1 can diced tomatoes (540 ml)

1/8 tsp cayenne

1 tsp salt

1/2  tsp pepper

1 tsp corn starch

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ginger

2 tsp coriander

2 c spinach

directions

  1. Add olive oil, garlic and onion to a pot and let it brown for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add spices, chickpeas, coconut milk, diced tomatoes to the pot.  Mix cornstartch with a little bit of water before adding to the pot so it mixes well.
  3. Let it cook for about 15 minutes. Simmer for about 10. Add spinach right before serving and mix together.
  4. Serve with rice.

*serves 4

xo

Baked Bloomin Onion

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Ingredients:

1 large yellow onion

1/2 c gluten free flour

paprika

sea salt

1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)

2 tbsp olive oil

spray oil

1 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

1 large ziplock bag

 

Dipping sauce:

1 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 c homemade mayo

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tbsp horseradish

1/2 tbsp ketchup

pinch of black pepper

1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2.  Cut 1/4 of inch off the top of the onion.  Peel off outer skin.  Turn onion upside down, roots up. (BEFORE you cut, make sure to leave at least 3/4 inch from the roots for all cuts).
  3.  Make 4 equal cuts or quarters.  Start your cut at the top (near roots)
  4.  Cut each quarter 2 more times.  A total of 12 sets of petals will be created.
  5.  Gently spread the petals to open the bloom.
  6. Combine all dry ingredients in ziplock bag.  Add onion and gently shake to coat.
  7. Take onion out of bag and shake off excess flour in a bowl.
  8.  Pour remaining flour from ziplock into bowl;  add oil and milk.
  9. Batter should be fairly thick.  Add extra flour if batter is runny.
  10. Use your hands to coat all individual petals with batter.
  11.  Place on a pan lined with parchment paper.  Lightly spray entire onion with oil.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 5-10 minutes more or until the onion is tender and the edges are browned.
  13. While the onion is baking, mix all dipping sauce ingredients together.
  14. Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Allow to cool before moving and serving.

Bloomin onion recipe from Petite Allergy Treats blog.

xo erin

Chicken Tacos

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Who doesn’t love a good taco?! These plantain shells are my new addiction! They add such great flavor!

These were super simple….

Plantain taco shell

Chicken

Red cabbage

Guacamole

Cherry tomatoes

Cilantro for garnish (and because I LOVE tons of it!)

What are your favorite taco toppings?

xo erin