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From my trip to London this past week, I brought back three sweet potatoes. I used to have sweet potato basically every day when living in the States, and havenâ€™t had one since I moved to Istanbul a year ago, only because Turkey is lacking in the potato variety department. And while my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is baked with a slab (+ more) of butter, I figure I should mark the rare sweet potato occasion with a bit more creativity.
Sweet potatoes are super high on the glow spectrum.
Sweet potato: is high in vitamin B6 that helps reduce degenerative diseases, is packed with vitamin C and D, helps maintain skinâ€™s youthful elasticity, contributes to healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, supports the thyroid gland, contains iron for white cell production, stress reduction and immune function, works as an anti-stress and relaxing agent due to its magnesium content, regulates heartbeat and nerve signals with potassium, has sugars that are slowly released into the bloodstream and thus donâ€™t cause sugar spikes, and are high in carotenoids and antioxidants to help ward off cancer.
Above all, sweet potatoes are insanely versatile. Just because they are sweet doesnâ€™t mean they have to be complemented with other sweet ingredients â€“ savory works wonders too. You can enjoy them any time of the day as well â€“ baked and stirred into a morning oatmeal, boiled in a hearty, vegetarian chili for lunch, used as a side dish of baked French fries, or enjoyed as the main course in the form of baked vegan falafel.
Sassy Sweet Potato Wedges
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 red onion
- 1.5 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1.5 tsp coriander
- Juice of half an orange
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
- Half of a handful of parsley, chopped
- About 10 olives
- 1 tbsp currants
Chop the sweet potatoes and red onion into 1-2 inch chunks.
Toss the sweet potato and onion onto a baking sheet with red pepper flakes and coriander.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, diced garlic, and honey. Pour over the sweet potato mixture, tossing with clean hands until the liquid mixture is distributed evenly.
Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40 minutes. Expect the house to smell amazing!
When finished, garnish with chopped parsley, olives, and currants.