Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? I just found out, so what better way to start the month than with a few new healthy (and yummy :)) recipes?! And besides we need a little good food to get a through the rest of the week, right? I thought so.
I always look forward to the start of every month when I can pick up my new issue of Clean Eating Magazine! My favorite magazine evuuuur. There are so many wonderful recipes, new products, tips and tricks for healthy eating, and just a ton of fun in every issue. I especially love the Kitchen Questions section where people ask questions about problems they’ve had in the kitch recently.
There was one question in particular that caught my eye. I have been looking for a good way to roast sweet potato’s without having to oil em’ up to much (I like tasting just the tater….EVOO has a really pronounced flavor) and I finally found it!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes (sans oil)
perfectly roasted, toasted, and crisp without the addition of oil!
- 1 (good sized) sweet potato/yam, cut into fry shaped pieces
- 1 egg white, beat until foamy
- cinnamon, salt n’ peppa, any other spices you like with your taters
Preheat the oven to 425*. Once the tater is cut, place the fries in a bowl and cover with water.
Soak for atleast 30 minutes (very important). Once done soaking, pat dry with a paper towel, and try to get as much excess water off as possible. Once the egg white is beat (until foamy),
coat the sweet potato evenly with the egg as well as your spices.
Spread the fries on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and place in oven. Move fries around every fifteen minutes until desired crispness is reached.
At this time reduce heat to 200* and bake for another 15 minutes with the oven door slightly open. Enjoy!
These turned out so good! I used a huge sweet potato just for myself, ate the whole thing, and still wanted more! New obsession? Hell YES.
So now that you have a new component for dinner….how bout a little scack action or possibly a dessert?
My Momma’s Homemade Granola Bars
adapted from Fitness Magazine
Makes 24 bars
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup spelt flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds (its cheaper to buy them whole and then grind them up yourself)
- 1/2 cup Ezekiel or Grape Nuts cereal
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 beaten eggs or 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup raw honey, maple syrup, or agave
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, evaporated cane juice, or stevia (we used raw coconut sap crystals)
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 cups dried fruit pieces (we use dried cherries and cranberries)
- 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate or carob chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325*. Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, cereal, cinnamon, and ginger. Add egg, applesauce, honey (or other liquid sweetener), brown sugar (or other granulated sweetener), and oil. Mix. Stir in dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and choco chips!
3. Spread mix evenly in the sprayed pan and bake for 30-35 minutes (until lightly browned around the edges). COOL completely on a wire rack and use foil to lift granola out of the pan. Cut in to squares and sink your teeth into the deliciousness!
I have been loving these for snacks, dessert, and just when I am feeling like some yummy food.
Speaking of snacks, just a quick question: How do you feel about snacking after dinner? I know for me personally I always have a snack at night, usually between 8 and 9. I always get hungry, even after a big dinner, and I would never want to go to bed with a growling stomach.
Have a wonderful night and rest of the week!
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