Ultimate Savory Sweet Potatoes

I hope I got your attention with that bold title, health warrior! I’m pretty excited to share this short recipe with you because it knocked my socks off, and I’m confident you’ll like it, too, which will encourage you along your way to eating healthier with whole foods.

 

Ultimate Savory Sweet Potatoes

Chop up 2 big sweet potatoes in a baking dish coated in coconut oil

Speed hack: I let the dish get hot in the oven as its preheating, and add 3 or more tablespoons of oil to the baking dish to begin with. It melts in the hot dish, which leaves a good layer of liquid in the bottom of the dish, and I flip the sweet potato chunks over in the dish once or twice during baking to keep them from getting dried out on one side. Make sure the top sides have some oil on them before you sprinkle on the dried seasonings.

Bake at 300 for 30-40 minutes

Sprinkle on 1-2 tbsp of chili powder

Sprinkle on 1 tsp hot curry powder ( I suppose you could use mild curry powder and cayenne powder in a pinch, but I believe the recipe is so darn good partly because of its simplicity!)

Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp sea salt

They will probably fall apart and the seasoning will rub off the sweet potatoes if you move them around too much- so just serve onto the plate or storage container with a spatula and leave them be.

I dig this recipe because the flavors work together so well, but they also contradict each other because you have sweet and spicy.  You just have to try it to appreciate the warm, sharp, floral, and other crazy flavors packed into this thing! You can try the same thing with cubed squashes like butternut or winter squash, as well.

 

Did you know? Curry powder is not a single spice. It’s actually a blend, typically including turmeric (hence the yellowish color), cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom.  Go easy on the curry powder if you’re on blood thinners, as this super spice blend can act as an anti-coagulant.

Why is this blend good for you? Well, turmeric is insanely popular right now for its anti-inflammatory properties and other cell health benefits, and frankly, every other spice in curry powder is powerful in its own right. You have cognitive and digestive benefits, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties, and more, making this dish not only tasty but also downright medicinal! And that’s the way it should be.

While the sweet potatoes have some carbs in them, there’s also a great amount of fiber, which slows the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, so they won’t cause an abrupt spike in your blood glucose levels.

And the coconut oil is a great healthy fat, boasting medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs (you may have heard of MCT oil), which digest well and help the body maintain an optimal metabolism.

 

Let me know how you liked this!

 

Here’s To Your Health,