‘Sweet’ Sweet Potato Chips

This weekend, as I wandered through the food store, I came across a beautiful array of sweet potatoes…How could I resist?  I picked up a few large taters and headed home to make a new ‘chip’ creation.  These chips are the perfect nibble for an afternoon snack dipped into guacamole, Don Sabrosa Salsa and Greek yogurt or crushed atop a green salad for lunch…either way, they’re quite delish and I’m sure your taste buds will thank you when you’re reaching for these chippers and not a bag of Lay’s…

Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.  Pat dry.
  • Slice sweet potatoes using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife into ‘chips.’
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; gently toss to coat all sweet potato ‘chips’.
  • Spread chips onto baking mats and bake one tray at a time for 25-30 minutes or until crispy.
  • Enjoy!

A New Spin on Sweet Potatoes

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Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy the delicious flavor and velvety texture of this root veggie.  Branch out from the traditional mashed potato side dish and enjoy this recipe atop a salad in lieu of dressing, as a dip for chips and pitas or as an accompaniment for sliced cold meats.

I am always searching for unique toppings and condiments… lately I have been using this tasty mash as a spread for burgers, wraps and sandwiches.  Not only is this recipe perfect for lunch and dinners, but it pairs perfectly with breakfast.  Use a dollop atop your oatmeal or spread a few tablespoons on a few slices of toast and drizzle with honey.

Ingredients

  • Juice from 2 large oranges
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 fresh plums, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Dash of star anise
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • Dash of Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine avocado, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar, Greek yogurt, juice from the orange, Nu-Salt and pepper.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until it forms a smooth consistency.  Slowly add in nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, and orange zest.  Continue to beat for 30 seconds until mixture is ‘whipped.’
  • Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine plum and sweet potato chunks.  Slowly add in avocado mixture and mix well.  Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until completely cooked.
  • Sprinkle with ground flax seeds.
  • Enjoy!

How do you enjoy making sweet potatoes?

Eating a Rainbow of Colors

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By now, we’ve all heard, “Eat your Veggies”, well there’s a whole rainbow out there of amazing produce known as Superfoods.  Incorporating these babies into your daily diet can fight cancer, improve your memory, and keep those nasty colds away.  So, what are these superfoods that everyone is talking about?

Superfoods are fruits and veggies that are full of antioxidants.  It’s easy to incorporate their rainbow variety into your diet; simply mix n’ match various colors for a plate that is not only pleasing to the eye, but your stomach, as well. 

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Yellow and Orange

  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Our yellow and orange fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants that boost our immune systems and provide a nice, big dose of Vitamin C.  Moreover, eating fruits and veggies of these colors help ward off age-related eye disease.  I personally love cooking Butternut Squash and making my Butternut Squash Fries, which can be prepared in minutes and popped into the oven.  Another easy way to incorporate these colors into your diet is combining the above fruits into a smoothie.

    Green

    • Avocados
    • Asparagus
    • Cucumbers
    • Leafy Greens
    • Green Peppers
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli

    These greens help relieve the effects of serious eye ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration.  Moreover, they help clear the arteries that keep blood flowing to your brain.  My favorite way to incorporate greens into my meals is sauteing spinach and collard greens with garlic and pine nuts.

    Tan and White

    • Parsnips
    • Turnips
    • Cauliflower
    • Onions
    • Mushrooms
    • Bananas
    • Garlic

    These guys  may not have a lotta color to them, however, they pack a serious antioxidant punch with phytonutrients that help protect the heart and fight cancer.  My favorite way to eat the “whites and tans” is to roast parsnips in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chili powder.

    Blue and Purple

    • Blueberries
    • Raisins
    • Purple Grapes
    • Purple Potatoes
    • Eggplant

    These blue food friends supply us with a healthy dose of antioxidants, which are beneficial for memory and motor function.  I personally love to cook Eggplant Parm–(the gluten free/dairy free way), of course.

    Red

    • Tomatoes
    • Cherries
    • Strawberries
    • Watermelon
    • Radicchio

    Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and flavonoids are important antioxidants to help fight diseases and various cancers.  Try a rice dish with garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and tomatoes.

    What’s your favorite way to incorporate a rainbow into your daily diet?