I can’t count the number of posts that I’ve started by way of saying that I was running late and hadn’t planned dinner well… Well, I guess I could, but honestly I don’t really want to. The simple fact is that planning is not my strong suit. So how do I eat healthy food without breaking the bank? I keep a healthy pantry and that pantry allows me to start with the ingredients that I have and cobble together something that works for most of us most of the time. (Learn more about our real food pantries here.) So last night, running on about 3 hours of sleep and a miserable day of contract work I stood in front of my magic pantry and waited for inspiration.
And then it happened. Oooh, sweet potatoes. Oh right, I just got some quinoa! Black beans, hot dog! Chipotle, garlic, cumin, salt, coconut oil… oh and cilantro! Oh yes, life is good. Dinner for four in about 35 minutes featuring:
- 1 1/2 – 2 pounds sweet potatoes washed (not peeled)
- 1 generous Tbs coconut oil, melted if it’s cold where you are like it was here yesterday
- 1/4 t chipotle powder
- a couple of shakes garlic powder
- a couple of shakes ground cumin
- salt to preference
Preheat oven to 475. While the oven is heating, cut the sweet potatoes into chunks about 1 inch square (no I didn’t measure, are you really asking me that?). Place potatoes in large bowl. Pour on coconut oil and toss to coat. Add spices and seasonings. Toss to disperse. (If you’re going to have quinoa too, now would be a good time to start that.) Place on baking sheet lined with parchment or oiled to prevent a catastrophic mess. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring/turning potatoes about halfway through. Swoon at the smell. We served ours on a bed of quinoa with some black beans and what I thought was cilantro and discovered was parsley when already well into prep – still good, but cilantro would have been better) and a squeeze of lemon (yes, lime would have been stunning). Absolutely delish. I also remembered we had some pineapple I’d cut up the night before and that made it on the plate with my seconds. The kids liked theirs wrapped in tortillas with some cucumbers. Whatever works, right?
Sweet potatoes for breakfast please? Try this great barley and sweet potato breakfast.
Sweet potatoes for treats? Try these Sweet Potato Cookies – they’re fantastic.
Feeling Soup-ah? How about some Shweet Potato Stew?
Sweet potatoes for health? Check out the power of sweet potatoes in world health.