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Yesterday, as I was wandering around through various food blogs, I came across Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking, the Blog) post about pumpkin gratin recipe. It was her entry for this month’s HotM – Eating for Life #9: Holiday Food. It looks delicious!
I’m a big fan of festive food that doesn’t make one sick. Either sick because it’s tooooo rich or sick because it’s so dull and dreary because it’s supposedly good for me. Because there is no reason that healthful food has to taste terrible!
Cubed sweet potato (yam), onion, pepper flakes and herbs drizzled with olive oil then oven roasted til tender are wonderful. The natural sugar in the onion and sweet potato caramelize to give the dish texture and extra flavour. Sometimes the caramelized parts appear to be burned. They aren’t! The darker parts are chewy and even more delicious.
Any fresh herbs work well. For this batch, I used oregano and sage from the garden. Our sage is going into dormancy in the garden and there were only a few leaves that I dared to take. There is still tons of oregano though.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potato
- sweet potato (yam)
- olive oil
- fresh herbs, chopped
- chili flakes, seasalt and pepper
- Wash vegetables well. There is no need to peel the sweet potato but you can if you want. (We NEVER peel sweet potatoes.) Coarsely chop the vegetables and place in a shallow baking dish.
- Sprinkle with herbs and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to coat the vegetables with olive oil. Add chile flakes, seasalt and pepper.
- Bake uncovered at 350F(ish) for about 40 minutes until the sweet potato is fork tender.
Serve as a side with any roasted or grilled meat. Because there are usually only two of us, I use our toaster oven to roast the vegetables.
Here are some other festive dishes that aren’t going to clog your arteries:
- Don’s health biscuits recipe (don’t let the title fool you; these are fabulous crackers!)
- duxelles (mushroom pate)
- green beans with pimiento
- squash ginger soup recipe (please omit the butter)
- mashed root vegetables recipe
- wine poached pears recipe
Yesterday’s stuffed mushrooms don’t quite qualify because of the use of cheese. But stuffed mushrooms would be delicious without cheese too! That’s the great thing about mushrooms…
HotM is “for those of us seeking heart-healthy recipes and a healthy lifestyle while maintaining a focus on delicious and interesting food”. Michelle (The Accidental Scientist) is hosting the 9th installment of the HotM event geared towards eating healthily, even (and/or especially) on festive occasions. Michelle wrote the following:
With the all of the many holidays coming up in the next few months: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, St. Andrews Day, or whatever other holiday(s) you may celebrate in the upcoming months, we decided that it would be good to get recipes together early so that we would have heart-healthy alternatives (or additions) to our normal holiday fare. So the theme for November will be: Holiday Food.
The deadline for HotM 9 – Holiday Food entries is 18 November 2007 at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). For more details on how to participate in Heart of the Matter, please see the following:
edit 22 November 2007: Michelle has posted the round up. Take a look at all the delicious heart healthy recipes: