Fall has officially arrived, much to my dismay, but with fall come all the vegetables!!! To my delight, in addition to all of the other delicious veggies that I found at the Main Street farmers market, I also found SWEET POTATO!! Sweet potato is gloriously versatile and can be made into breakfast, lunch AND dinner, all with minimal effort (which is key when you are working full time, have a child, run a business and try to eat good food all at the same time!)
So sweet potatoes... a lot of recipes call for them to be baked or steamed or cooked in someway to allow them to be pureed afterwards. I don't know about you, but when I get home, I don't want to wait an hour before being able to actually make what is for dinner. So I put them in the slow cooker. Yep, you read that right, slow cooked sweet potatoes! Put maybe 0.5 inches of water in the bottom, throw the sweet potatoes in there (skin and all), turn the slow cooker on low and go to sleep or work or whatever you need to do. 6-8 hours later you will have the creamiest, most delicious sweet potatoes ever. But why stop there?
For breakfast, you can take that sweet potato and mash it up to add to sweet potato pancakes or you can put them in a container and top with some broccoli (that you also steamed in the slow cooker at the same time) and cheese for a great lunch! You can basically top them with whatever you want for a delicious meal.
If you want to recreate the meal above, you need:
- an onion
- a couple of tomatoes
- fresh or canned corn
- cilantro (or not)
- chili powder
- hot sauce
- can of black beans or cooked black beans
I just fried up the onion and one of the tomatoes, mixed in a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of chili powder (ish), and then threw in the black beans with a 1/2 cup of water. I simmered until they were ready (5-7 min). While they were cooking, I chopped up the other tomato, cut the corn off the cob (yes you can eat corn raw, its delicious), mixed in a pinch of cumin and coriander (to taste), a splash of hot sauce and the cilantro (chopped) and BOOM! dinner was ready!
Take 1 slow cooked sweet potato, top with some beans and some corn mixture and dinner is ready. Top with cheese or sour cream or plain yogurt or hot sauce.
This meal is great for little ones as well, just leave out the hot sauce until you have served them!
Oh! and one more thing... yam vs sweet potato? What you find at the grocery store is almost always a sweet potato. They are different and belong to different plant families. Yams are also delicious and if you do find them, you can cook them the same way!