I've been cooking a whole bunch of delicious Paleo food at my family reunion in North Carolina.
It's given me a great chance to share what I've been doing with my relatives (many of whom are surprised to see me in the kitchen!) and to work on some new recipes with my dad. Just one year ago I weighed about 100 lbs more and was just getting ready to embark on my quest for weight loss and wellness while I was here with my family. I think they're all pretty shocked at the change but everyone has been very supportive and encouraging. To give you an idea, here's a picture from last year.
Aside from helping me map out and film my 20k run (which I'll report on soon!), Dad did a lot of shopping to make sure I had all sorts ingredients at the ready so I could stay on track this week. As a caterer he often has a lot of great ideas to liven up my dishes. In honor of Lord Caldephron (his D&D Druid alter ego) and his much appreciated assistance, today's recipe deals with a new way to enjoy sweet potatoes (my very favorite tuber treat!). It's a great side or even a tasty desert depending on how you look at it. So without further ado, here's the recipe for:
Caldephron's Roll for Crit Diced Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet potatoes (About 1/2 lb per person you're cooking for. For one person, I tend to use one hand sized sweet potato)
- Fresh Ground Sea Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cooking Spray
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Ground Cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Peel or not according to preference. If you are not peeling, give into the dark side and scrub sweet spuds aggressively.
- Cut into approximately 1.5 inch cubes.
- Spray an oven safe baking dish with extra virgin olive oil cooking spray and deposit your sweet potatoes.
- Fresh ground sea salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon evenly across the potatoes.
- Drizzle a teaspoon (per potato used) of extra virgin olive oil on the seasoned potatoes and toss the cubes till they are all glistening and coated evenly.
- Put baking dish into the oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove baking dish and re-toss potatoes.
- Put baking dish back into the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve like a boss!
Note: You may need to adjust your cooking times based on how thick your potato cubes end up being. Stick a knife in after the first round in the oven and you can adjust time more or less based on whether they seem cooked through.