This is just a little post, a little nibble! With exercise back on track I always struggle to come up with fueling food that doesn’t defeat my body with sluggishness and a sugar-rush-dip. This pre-workout treat hits all the right spots, and is so ridiculously easy that it doesn’t even warrant a recipe. Nevertheless, I wanted to share photos of my glee, as well as put a little spotlight on a meal made by Man-thing! Also, there’s a list of sweet potato links at the end to showcase some delightful themed nom I’ve been gazing over.
Oh, and speaking of spotlight, I just have to puff my plumage and share: you can find my samosa skull pie on this list of 20 Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas via Rachel Cotterill! 😀 I’m glad it’s not only us two monsters who think it looks yummy 😉 Thanks, Rachel!
Man-thing is a very reluctant chef, in that he is content (nay, delighted) to make a vegan polony sandwich or to slice up an apple and call it a masterpiece. I guess everything is a small step towards expanding horizons, so I should take what I can get! He’s become proficient in soup-making, thank goodness, and has now added this number to his specialties. He made it the other day for our anniversary bbq and it was simply delish, but with all the food it didn’t get its due, so he made it again on Sunday for us. He’s a real perfectionist veggie slicer, however, so it takes him hours to cut up mushrooms, and hence he does it whilst listening to audiobooks. Hopefully it is a pleasant enough experience that he will make a repeat performance, but it’s always thrilling to come downstairs to him standing over a steamy stove. 🙂
Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, peppadews, leeks and onion flakes – all ingredients destined to become a yummy mini stew! He’s also now schooled in the ways of water sauteing food (instead of a slip and slide of oil everywhere!), so this really makes a tasty and happy meal all round.
Yumness! ❤ We figure it’s something that can be made according to what’s in the house, as long as the mushrooms and sweet potato are abouts, because those two are natural pals! Another two that are chummy for good reason in today’s post are apples and sweet potato – the bliss of naturally sweet foods always makes me glee inside – there’s never cause to scoff at nature’s candy!
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet potato rounds
- 1 TBSP peanut/almond butter
- 1 medium granny apple, sliced into rounds (minus core!)
- Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon + a pinch of cayenne
- Mint and thyme
- Some syrup to drizzle if desired (I used NuNaturals Simple Syrup but date syrup would also be ridiculously tasty!)
- Preheat the oven to 180C and prepare a sprayed baking sheet.
- Steam your sweet potato slices for 3 minutes.
- Lay down your slices of apples and sweet potatoes.
- If you like (and have it handy, I didn’t), you can paint on a thin layer of applesauce and splash on your spices and herbs. Otherwise just splash your mixture of spices and herbs on each round.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flip over, sprinkle with more spices + herbs (over a thin layer of applesauce, if using), then bake another 10 or so until nice and crisp (times may vary according to ovens).
- Either on a skewer or just like that, stack your apples and sweet potatoes, alternating and spreading on 1 tsp of nut butter on each apple round. Drizzle your syrup if using.
This…is just awesome! It makes for a really chirpy pre-exercise meal an hour or two before showtime, which is when I’m most confused about what to eat. Of late I’m inclined to grab a banana and dash out the door, but one has to remember to carb up somehow, and baked nomness is certainly my style. 🙂 I actually only managed half of this and ate the rest as a post-workout snack, but that’s just as dandy because there’s nothing better than getting home from a session where even your knees sweat and knowing there are treats in store!
Anyway, I figured that since it seems to be the beginning of pumpkin season in the Northern Hemisphere, I’d give one last hurrah to the noble sweet potato which seemed to feature so regularly in my feeds the past while. The blogosphere always has such amazing things on offer, and such unique ways of using the same basic ingredients that it’s always so thrilling to wake up early just to catch up with what’s been happening during shut-eye. Here’s my top 10 of what I have bookmarked and ready to make or re-make!
Top 10: sweet potato spotlight
- Vegan sweet potato + piloncillo ice-cream by Nibbles + Feasts (the honeyed pecans aren’t exactly vegan but just gaze into the ice-cream for a few minutes…isn’t it magical?)
- Sweet potato apple pie ice-cream by An Unrefined Vegan. Can you tell I’m dreaming ice-cream? This looks too amazing!
- Sweet potato pie by the Witchy Kitchen – nom nom! Silky sweet pie? Yes please!
- Sweet Potato Blondies with mini Chocolate chips by Vegan Richa – her pictures make me drool every time!
- Garlic rosemary baked sweet potato chips by Oh My Veggies – practically everyone I know claims to be allergic to garlic, which makes for sadness and a lack of sharing, but when I see stuff like this I don’t want to share!
- Savoury stuffed sweet potatoes with white beans and kale over at The Kitchn. This needs to happen ASAP! Some of my favourite foods combined ❤
- Pancake cake with sweet potato chocolate frosting by The Vegan Cookie Fairy – I’ve been drooling over this for a long while now and must just make it for a weekday since every day is cause for celebration on this scale!
- Sweet potato falafel by Ricki Heller – I made these the other day for our anniversary bbq and they were fantabulous!
- Savoury sweet potato cups by the Green Forks – WOW, how much tasty can there be in the world? I know now what to make with my almond flour!
- Almond sweet potato biscuits + mushroom gravy by The First Mess – this looks *so* delicious that I have to bite my first to get my jaw from spasming! Totally something to make to impress guests, methinks 😀
I hope that’s enough to get everyone to have a last hurrah for sweet potatoes before they get cast aside in favour of my ultimate treat, pumpkin. I still have so many recipes I saved from last year’s pumpkin season, so I’m dreading even more deliciousness that will end up taunting me into the wee hours.
Anyway, those are first world blog problems. Here’s a real conundrum for you: big feet or small cat? ❤