Posts Tagged ‘sweet potato’

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Taco Skillet

September 3, 2018

This a yummy and versatile dish. It is great on its own, and it would be equally tasty on top of nachos or in a tortilla. We made it with chicken, but if you want a vegetarian version, substitute mushrooms instead.

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You will need:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, quarter for a vegetarian meal)
  • 2 packets low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained and rinsed (or use 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cobs if in season)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c salsa
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together half of the lime zest, half of the lime juice, the sour cream, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute the sweet potato until softened and starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Saute the chicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the onion and saute until the chicken is cooked through, about another 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the remaining lime zest, lime juice and taco seasoning.
  9. Stir in the beans, corn, chiles, cherry tomatoes, scallions and salsa.
  10. Allow to heat through.
  11. Mix in the shredded cheese and heat until starting to melt.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Serve with the lime cream.
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Sweet Potato Casserole

November 18, 2017

I love my 2015 version of sweet potato casserole. However I tried something new this year for the holidays. It’s a little lighter and fluffier, because you use an electric mixer to whisk it together.

You will need:

  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 2 c brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 c finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 12 T unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Poke your sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake until they are soft, roughly one hour.
  4. While the sweet potatoes bake, mix together one cup of the brown sugar with the pecans, flour, and cinnamon. Add tablespoons of the cold butter and cut in until well combined. Set aside.
  5. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool enough to handle.
  6. Peel the sweet potatoes. Discard the peels and place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Mash the sweet potatoes with the butter until smooth.
  8. Blend in the eggs, remaining cup of the brown sugar, vanilla, and milk using an electric mixer until smooth, light and fluffy.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Spread in the prepared baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle the pecan mixture on top of the sweet potatoes.
  12. Bake until golden brown, about 35-45 minutes.
  13. Allow the casserole to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Maple Dijon Pork Roast with Apples and Sweet Potato

August 17, 2016

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This is a great dinner, in part because your side dish cooks with it! It fills your house with the smells of maple, mustard, and roasting veggies and pork. Once you pop everything in the oven, there is very little work left to do. This means you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends before breaking bread with them.

You will need:

  • 2-3 lb pork roast
  • 5 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 c olive oil, divided
  • 1 t ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 3 granny smith apples, cored and quartered
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Pat the pork dry.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 t salt.
  4. Coat the outside of the pork with about 3/4 of the sauce. Reserve the extra sauce.
  5. Place the pork on a roasting rack in a large baking dish.
  6. Bake the pork roast for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, sweet potato and onion with the remaining 1/4 c olive oil, 1/2 t pepper, 1/4 t salt, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder.
  8. Remove the roasting rack from the pan and return the pork roast to the baking dish.
  9. Spread the apple and sweet potato mixture around the pork.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 450 degrees.
  11. Return the baking dish to the oven.
  12. Roast for another 20-30 minutes, stirring the apples and sweet potato mixture at least once and brushing the pork with the extra sauce with 10-15 minutes left on the baking time. Pork should reach 120-130 degrees before you take it out of the oven.
  13. Remove from the oven. Allow the pork to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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Chicken Pot Pie

November 14, 2015

We made this for our anniversary dinner. Since we could prep everything the night before, it meant we had more time for celebrating after work! Pot pies were something my family frequently had for dinner each fall and winter., and this one reminded me of cozy nights at home.

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You will need:

  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, washed and quartered
  • 2 c chopped carrots
  • 8 oz frozen sweet peas
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 T flour
  • 2 c chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 2 t dried thyme
  • 1/2 t ground mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 sheet puff pastry

Then you will…

  1. In a large skillet, warm 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken and mushrooms.
  3. Saute for 5 minutes before adding the carrots.
  4. Saute for 3 minutes before adding the peas and garlic powder.
  5. Continue to cook until the peas are thawed.
  6. Spread the chicken mixture in a 9×13 baking dish.
  7. In a medium saucepan, warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  8. Add the onion and saute until softened and starting to turn golden.
  9. Stir in the flour and allow to cook off for a minute.
  10. Mix in the chicken stock, milk, thyme and ground mustard.
  11. Allow to come to a simmer and thicken.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Pour over the chicken filling.
  14. Roll the puff pastry out until it can cover the top of the pot pie.
  15. Top the pie with the puff pastry and season lightly with salt and pepper on top of the dough.
  16. Bake at 375 for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden and the filling hot and bubbly.
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Thyme and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potato

September 3, 2015

This simple side dish comes has a lot of flavor thanks to lots of herbs and the deliciousness of roasting vegetables in the oven.

You will need:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 0.5-inch slices
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh thyme, de-stemmed
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 t ground mustard powder
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Spread out in a 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. The potatoes should be softened and lightly caramelized.
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Sweet Potato Casserole

January 12, 2015

This is an addictive side dish that could almost double as a dessert! We served this for our big holiday meal and it was the perfect accompaniment to the savory main dishes on the table.

You will need:

  • 4 c mashed sweet potato (either bake and mash some or check out the freezer section)
  • 1 2/3 c brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 1 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup of the brown sugar with the flour and pecans.
  3. Melt 1/4 cup (1/2 of a stick) of the butter and mix into the pecan mixture. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potato with the remaining 2/3 cup of brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and eggs.
  5. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter and mix into the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Spread the sweet potato mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the sweet potato mixture with the pecan mixture. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Allow to rest at least 15 minutes before serving.

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