Category Archives: Sweet Potato

Rustic Winter Vegetables

4 cups cleaned and diced winter vegetables*
1 piece thick sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 oz. feta cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together vegetables, bacon, olive oil, thyme and garlic powder. Spread mixture into a shallow baking pan. Roast in oven about 35 minutes, stirring vegetables every 10 minutes,
until tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve hot over toasted baguette slices, pasta or crackers

*Choose any mixture of winter squash (butternut), carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, turnips, sweet potatoes or rutabagas. Note: vegetable mixture may be cooked ahead of time and reheated prior to serving.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
Per 1/2 cup serving: 130 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 250 mg sodium.

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Sweet and Savory Vegetable Soup

2 TBS olive oil
3 cups onion, diced
1 TBS garlic, chopped
3 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 large)
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 large kale leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
4 cups vegetable broth
1 TBS paprika
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add onion, garlic, sweet potato, celery, kale and mushrooms. Sauté five minutes.
Stir in spices. Sauté 3 more minutes. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans and vegetable stock and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve.

Quinoa with Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes and Kale

From Real Simple

1 cup quinoa (or you could substitute cooked rice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
10 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (use 2-4 bulbs of green garlic)
1/2 to 1 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
3/4 cup dry white wine (or chicken/veggie broth)
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)

Directions 1. Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
3. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the kale, wine, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve over the quinoa and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Serves 4. Per serving: 361 calories, 12 g fat,
2g saturated Fat, 5mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium, 13g protein, 51g carbohydrate, 6g fiber.

Oven-Roasted Autumn Vegetables

Ingredients
1/2 pound each rutabaga, carrots, and parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 pound yams or sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 TBS unsalted butter
1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
2 tsp freshly chopped sage
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Marsala
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 450. Bring a pot of boiling salted water to a boil. Add the rutabaga, carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts and simmer until they give slightly with a fork, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the cauliflower and simmer 1 minute. Drain.
2. In a large roasting pan, place the rutabaga, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and yams or sweet potatoes. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the oil, thyme, sage, and nutmeg and stir. Drizzle the butter mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat them completely. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the Marsala into the bottom of the roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil, toss the vegetables, and continue to bake until the Marsala is evaporated and the vegetables can be easily pierced with a knife, 20 to 30 minutes.