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Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Walnuts

Sweet Potatoes and Toasted Walnuts

Sweet Potatoes and Toasted Walnuts

Sweet potatoes go very well with the main dishes served at most holiday functions. Rather than mashing the sweet potatoes or giving them the casserole treatment, try this dish of Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Walnuts.

The kicker is the sauce. It’s sweet, tangy and slightly acidic and blends well with the nuttiness of the sweet potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 TBSP cane sugar vinegar (or any other sweet vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Creole mustard (or dijon if you can’t find Creole)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (the real stuff)
  • Sauce for Roasted Sweet Potatoes

    Sauce for Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place walnuts on a baking sheet and back until toasted (about 6-8 minutes). Remove from oven to cool. Increase oven temperature to 400F.
  3. Cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into wedges then toss in 1 TBSP of olive oil. Place them in a greased baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Walnuts

    Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Walnuts

  5. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, tossing occasionally, until tender.
  6. When sweet potatoes are done, let cool then transfer to a serving platter or dish.
  7. Whisk together remaining oil with maple syrup, Creole mustard and sugar cane vinegar. Drizzle over sweet potatoes and garnish with walnuts.

Creole mustard and cane sugar vinegar may be hard to find depending on where you’re located. Just use the substitutions mentioned in the ingredients list if you don’t have access to the ingredients I used.

You can even use these wedges as a bed for sliced turkey or ham this holiday season. The sauce alone will ensure you go back for seconds.

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Cookin', Recipes, Sides

 

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Recipe: Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Pumpkin Turkey Chili Ready to be Served

Chili is a great Fall one-pot wonder. This chili recipe boosts the flavor by using pumpkin puree as the base. It’s also loaded with healthy vegetables and lean protein (this recipe uses turkey, but I’ve also used tofu) for a very balanced meal. It’s suited for most diets as the chili itself is gluten-free and dairy-free.

So next time you’re hosting a football watching party or any other Fall event, be sure and add this recipe to your must-try list.

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pumpkin Turkey Chili Ingredients

    Pumpkin Turkey Chili Ingredients

  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, cored and chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 ear of fresh corn, roasted*
  • 1 tomato, cored and chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or other protein of your choice)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumi
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chopped onions, peppers, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender. Roughly 5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey (or other protein) and cook until browned.
  4. Add roasted corn, tomatoes, pumpkin puree, water and spices and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and add all beans.
  6. Cover and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, for 30 minutes more.
  7. Serve chili in bowls with garnish. Some of my favorite garnishes include sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and cilantro.
    Pumpkin Turkey Chili in the Pot

    Pumpkin Turkey Chili in the Pot

  • *To roast corn, preheat oven to 350F. Place corn (in husks) on oven rack and roast for 30-40 minutes. Slice corn from cob.

You can mix and match the suggested garnishes as you see fit. I prefer all of them together. I also serve this chili with a jalapeño cheese cornbread and crumble it over the top. No matter how you dish it out, this is a great chili loaded with nutrients and perfect for a cool Fall day.

Photos courtesy of Miguel Solorzano Photography.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Cookin', One-Pot Wonders, Recipes

 

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