Lunch

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Andrew's out of town for a few days, so my youngest daughter and I have been on our own. With just the two of us, our meals have been a little more relaxed than usual.

Because Andrew took the camera with him (he's at his cousin's wedding, in England) I asked my daughter to take a picture of lunch on her phone to post here. And she obliged:

Should I have been more specific?

Yes, my fabulous lunch of sweet potatoes appealed to her so much, she opted for leftover takeout pizza rather than share my delicious homemade meal. (I'm still working hard, trying to convince her how awesome sweet potatoes are.) But with a little coaxing, she did indeed photograph my lunch, so I could share this wonderful recipe with you:

It doesn't make up for missing a wedding, but it's a start.

Congratulations to Sarah and Matt, the happy newlyweds. Hope to see you soon! xo

Photo courtesy of Facebook
Gingery Sweet Potato and Apple Saute with Toasted Almonds
(from Fast, Fresh and Green, by Susie Middleton)

1 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp unsalted butter (first amount)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 medium sweet potatoes (12 to 13 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2” dice (about 2 3/4 cups)
1 small yellow onion, cut into 1/2” dice
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Golden Delicious apple (6 to 7 ounces), unpeeled, cored and cut into 1/2” dice
2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1/2 Tbsp butter (second amount)
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp roughly chopped toasted sliced almonds

Combine the cider vinegar and chicken broth in a small bowl and set aside.

In a 10” sauté pan, melt 1 Tbsp of the butter with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, onion, and salt. Turn the heat down to medium-low. (The pan should still sizzle; if your stove is less powerful, you can stay on medium and lower the heat later if needed.) Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and lightly browned and the sweet potatoes have turned bright orange and are starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. (The bottom of the pan will be lightly browned, and the sweet potatoes will have started to soften.)

Add the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and the apple. Turn the heat down just a tiny bit more and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sweet potatoes are tender (test with a paring knife) and the apple and onion are browned, 8 to 12 minutes.

Add the ginger and stir to incorporate. Remove the pan from the heat, clear a small spot in the pan, and add the vinegar-broth mixture (it will sizzle) and the remaining 1/2 Tbsp butter. Stir well immediately to incorporate the butter and any browned bits loosened from the bottom of the pan (most will remain). Add the parsley and almonds, stir, and transfer to a serving dish.



25 comments:

Julie said...

Funny, the pizza picture! I love sweet potatoes, so it would have been lunch for me as well. Have a great week!

Tricia Buice said...

Kids - the things they prefer to eat! Love sweet potatoes and have been know to eat them for many a good quick lunch. Great photos - cool wedding shot too.

scrambledhenfruit said...

My youngest son would have done the same. :) I love this sweet potato dish, and will most probably try it tomorrow. I have a plethora of sweet potatoes of several different varieties and want to use them up!

Natalie Aguirre said...

My daughter doesn't love sweet potatoes either. But I do. I might have to try this.

Joanne said...

Well, you can share your leftover sweet potatoes with me. These sound GREAT!

Joanne said...

Well you can share your leftover sweet potatoes with me - these sound GREAT!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Beth, my son doesn't like sweet potatoes much and neither does my husband. I do manage to get sweet potatoes into stews and soups. Occasionally, I do a fried potato casserole sort of thing and if I'm sneaky, I can get a few into that dish. :-)

If that's a picture your son took, I can see why he has the camera with him. Nice shot!

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Gloria Baker said...

These sweet potatoes look delicious with almonds Beth!
oh Im sure my daughter have eaten the pizza lol
I dont understand why they love so MUCH pizza!

nancy at good food matters said...

very funny about the pizza. nonetheless, your sweet potato dish looks terrific--a great combo with apples almonds onions and ginger!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

HA about the pizza! But your lunch looks absolutely delicious - what a great combination of flavors and textures. YUM!

Jemi Fraser said...

Hate to admit I might be with your daughter on this one. I've tried sweet potatoes in a bunch of recipes, but so far, my family and I have failed to find the love. Maybe one day :)

Liz Berg said...

I'd be happy with either of your lunches but your sweet potato saute would definitely win out if I needed to choose :)

Barbara said...

Funny about the pizza, but so true!
Love your sweet potato recipe. I could eat them three times a day.

Katerina said...

Haha, i toally understand her I love, love pizza!!! But I love your sweet potatoes too!

Valerie Gamine said...

Yum! I'm smitten with all things sweet potato!

Laura Dembowski said...

I didn't use to like sweet potatoes but I love them now. I would much rather your lunch than the pizza :)

Marcela said...

I love sweet potatoes... Thanks for sharing this recipe! Sounds so tasty!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I love sweet potatoes and had one at dinner this evening. They're so healthy. This dish sounds light and healthy. It's one I will be sure to add to my list of recipes to try.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Beth, I bet this combination is delicious, sounds delicious!!!

Catherine said...

Dear Beth, Relaxing a little with meals is good. It stirs the imagination for the future and gives ourselves a bit of a needed rest.
Sweet potatoes are so delicious and healthy at the same time.
Have a Happy Easter.
xoxo Catherine

Cakelaw said...

I love the look of your sunny sweet potato dish - I would share!

Kitchen Riffs said...

You should use sweet potatoes as a pizza topping. :-) Lovely dish -- sweet potatoes are one of my favorites! Thanks.

Juliana Levine said...

Nice sweet potato dish Beth, especially with apple and yes to almonds...looks delicious!
Hope you bare having a great week :)

Monica said...

haha - glad we got to see the sweet potato dish. I just finished lunch and it included a big Japanese sweet potato. I'm hooked on those things! I would need triple your lunch portion, Beth. ; )

Angie Schneider said...

I LOVE sweet potatoes! I am so with Monica, that small portion is never enough for me.

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