Thursday, November 15, 2012

Apple-Sweet Potato Bake

 Fall is such a wonderful time of year to eat lots of great vegetables. You can get some really healthy vegetables very cheap in the fall then any other time of year. We are very big vegetable eaters in my house.  We are not vegan or even vegetarian, however, there are vegetables at every meal and most of the time they are the largest portion of food on our plates. One of the ways I have learned to cook and appreciate vegetables was by finding vegan or vegetarian recipes. Even if you are not vegan or vegetarian they are the people who know how to cook vegetables the best. To get the best flavor, the best texture and to mix with other great things. Instead of just steaming a bag of broccoli out of your freezer check out a vegan or vegetarian cook book or look up recipes online. You will be surprised how much better your vegetables are when you cook and mix them correctly. If you think about it you do the same with meat and other side dishes why not your vegetables?
    So in honor of my crusade of "eat your vegetables" this is a completely vegan meal. You can use this as a whole meal or a side dish. This is also a great alternative to your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes which usually are nothing but sugar, sugar and marshmallows. Also, if you have an infant in your house like I do they will love this. You can serve it as is to them. It is now one of Xavier's favorites.

  Apple-Sweet Potato Bake

- 6 sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 3 firm, tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes and apples in a baking dish.
 In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, cinnamon and ground cloves and mix well.

 Drizzle the oil and spices mixture over the potatoes and apples. Mix gently to coat potatoes and apples evenly with oil.

Cover the dish and bake about 1 1/2 hours or until tender.


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