Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sweet Potato Fries



I have a ton of sweet potatoes in my apartment again! I had every intention of making them this weekend so that I could have them throughout the week. Plus I wanted the measurements for you. However, I've been at my mom's house since Saturday helping with Christmas stuff and her puppies. I also had my staff holiday party on Saturday night! I'm still at her house! However, I really want to post this recipe so I'm just going to post it. :) Later this week I'll make the recipe. Then I will edit the measurements and post the picture of the potatoes. At least for now, you will have the ingredients. It's all really to taste anyway. Anyway, on to the post!

First thing first, they DO NOT taste anything like the sweet potato fries one would order at a restaurant. They are not fried for one. They are baked. I got the idea the last time I received way too many sweet potatoes in my CSA. One can only eat baked sweet potato for so long before they get bored. Only thing was, I just threw together some spices hoping it would taste good. I also wanted to try using turmeric on some of my food since it has a lot of great benefits for you. Good thing for me, it came out delicious. Bad thing was, I didn't measure or write it down exactly what I used.

Turmeric is good for many reasons. It aids in digestion and detoxification. Turmeric helps reduce gas and bloating. It's been known to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. Turmeric is also a natural anti-inflammatory and can help with arthritis. (http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-turmeric.html is the main source I referenced. I also read several other articles and books that indicated similar information about turmeric. In fact a lot of spices and herbs do provide health benefits. That's why there's the great saying by Hippocrates, let health be thy food. I feel that we are only just beginning to really understand the importance of flavoring our foods. Does anyone experiment with flavors? Any specific reason you use that spice or herb? Is it just pure flavor or is there a health reason? I'd be interested to know!


Sweet Potato Fries

Olive Oil

Sweet Potato

Cinnamon

Turmeric

Nutmeg

Ginger



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Chop up the sweet potatoes in any size you like. (I don't peel my sweet potatoes because who has the time to do all of that! They are also bigger then your typical fry in the restaurant. :) Hey, what can I say, a girl likes her potatoes! Just make sure whatever size you do cut the potatoes, they are all uniform in size otherwise they will not cook evenly)

3. Cover the potatoes in olive oil

4. Throw the potatoes in bowl with the dry ingredients and cover

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Depending on how strong your oven is. (Mine is not a great stove so I need longer sometimes). You can taste the tenderness by sticking a toothpick in it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Firehouse Turkey Chili

Sometimes I love the cold weather and other times I do not. Cold weather involves tons of warm hearty meals such as chili, stew, lasagna, pastas, all things that I do not usually cook a lot during warm weather. Also, all things I avoided last year because I was such a newbie in clean eating. These were all traditional meals that I had growing up and made once I went off on my own. I was terrified of changing some of them due to losing the taste. There is A LOT to change in some of these recipes. This fall/winter, I plan on tackling them. I will also be introducing a lot of new recipes as well. I hope to share with you as the season progresses.

This recipe I am about to share is a recipe I have used for more then 5-6 years since it came out. I read it in Shape magazine, specifically the "Make over your body in 21 days" issue. (You can locate the original recipe on the Shape website.) Since then I have made some modifications to it. I use fresh ingredients instead of canned. It is still yummy and tasty if not better. This is my go to chili. Quick, simple and tasty. Does anyone have a favorite chili recipe? Please share in the comment section below.



Firehouse Turkey Chili - (Adapted from Shape magazine) Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large garlic clove, smashed

1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided

1/2 lb ground turkey

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 28 oz crushed tomatoes. (I also use 7-8 fresh tomatoes crushed when in season)

1 15 oz of kidney beans. (You can also use the can - I use fresh and I soak them the night before)

1 medium red pepper - diced

1 cup diced carrot

pinch of salt

sour cream



Directions:

1. Prep all ingredients in separate dishes

2. In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium high heat until hot. Toss in garlic and all but 2 tablespoons scallion and cook, Stir frequently for 1 minute

3. Add turkey and continue to cook, break up the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until turkey is browned

4. Stir in chili powder and cook for 1 minute

5. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, bell peppers, carrots and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Divide among four bowls and garnish with the remaining scallions. Top with sour cream if desired.




**I do not have a picture of this recipe on hand. Next time I make it, I'll post a picture. Trust me on this recipe. It's good! My mother requests it all the time.


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