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A delicious treat! Nuts optional.

This is an amazing recipe for those who want a “sweet” treat without completely derailing their sugar detox/cleanse/general avoidance. The combination of sweet potato or yam, spices, and coconut creates a really savory and finger-licking taste. No guilt involved, I promise. Even more, when you freeze these puppies, it’s almost like a little open faced ice cream sandwich! Say WHAAAT!? yup. Muy delicioso. So have fun with it… play with the spices, and while you’re at it, play with the filling too! It could be garnet yam, sweet potato, kabocha squash, okinowan sweet potato, butternut squash, etc.

In addition to being awesome, these are also NUT-free, SOY-free, GLUTEN-free, DAIRY-free, EGG-free, and SUGAR-free.

Coconut-Crusted Yam Tart

Crust
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 1/2 c. unsweetened dried coconut

Filling
2 c. yams, mashed
1 c. coconut milk (full fat)
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a food processor, pulse oil and coconut until thoroughly crushed into the consistancy of sand.
  3. Press crust mixture into a tart pan or muffin cups.

    Golden is good.

  4. Bake for 15-20 mins. Check it near the end to make sure it’s not burning.
  5. Make the filling by mixing flaxseed and coconut milk together in the food processor. Don’t process, just let them sit for 5 mins or so.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and process…. and process… and more processing. The longer it goes the better the texture.
  7. Once the crust is done, pour the filling over the crust and chill (or FREEZE!) until firm.
  8. I topped one batch with some sliced almonds, making it not NUT-free. Toppings are optional, feel free to express yourself.
  9. EAT… NOM NOM NOM NOM.

ALTERNATIVE FILLING ALERT! (AFA for short)

Here's what they look like: White on the outside, purple on the inside.

2 c. hawaiian purple potatoes (aka okinowan sweet potato)
1 c. coconut milk
1 tsp. cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. lime zest
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger

  1. Same directions as above. Expect pretty purple tarts.
  2. Add some zest and shredded coconut for garnish.

    Purpley!!

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It’s so confusing… yam or sweet potato? Well, here’s the deal. Call it whatever you want, I just call it delicious and the perfect breakfast food. Yams, technically speaking, are the typical orange-colored and muddy red/brown-skinned tubers that are the basis for things like sweet potato pie or candied yams.

Sweet Potatoes can vary in color but most often you see them with white flesh and beige/brown skin. There are also Okinawan Sweet Potatoes (aka. heaven) which are white skinned with deep purple flesh. These would also be delish in any of these recipes, however, they are harder to find in supermarkets, farmer’s markets, etc. Best bet is an Asian market for those babies.

That being said, I use the names interchangeably.

Crispy Sweet Breakfast

Crispy Sweet Breakfast

Eggs on a Placemat

2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes or Yams, washed, peeled, and grated
1 medium onion, chopped or grated
3-4 links of turkey sausage, casing removed and crumbled
6 eggs
sea salt
pepper
crushed red pepper
1Tbsp ghee, grass-fed butter (like KerryGold), or Coconut oil for greasing the baking sheet.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

2. Peel the yams and grate by hand or in a food processor with the grater attachment. 

3. Place potatoes in a nut milk bag, paper towels, or dish towel and squeeze out the extra moisture. This will go a long way to help the potatoes brown in the oven.

3. Chop the onion or grate similar to the potatoes

4. In a large bowl mix yams, onion, and seasonings until evenly combined. Spread out mixture onto a well-greased baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until they are looking dry and close to crisping.

5. Remove from the oven and crack the eggs right on the top. Sprinkle the sausage crumbles and bake for another 8-10 minutes. You will have to check on the eggs to see if they are cooked to taste.

6. Garnish with some avocado, salsa, or some sautéed veggies.

Optional: a sprinkle of some organic pastured cheese.  

 recipe adapted from The Little Yellow Kitchen

Another simple and tasty ethnic meal.

Indian Style Chicken with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

1 – 2 lb. chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces

1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced

2Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced

3 medium cloves garlic, pressed

1 Tbsp. chicken broth

1 tsp. garam masala

5 c. kale, finely chopped

3 c. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

1 c. chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

The ingredients

1. Heat broth in a large skillet or braising pot. Add Chicken, onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir frequently for 8 mins.

2. Add garam masala and stir again for 30 sec.

3. Add broth and stir in sweet potatoes and kale.

4. Simmer on low/medium heat for 15-20 mins until chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

Adding the potatoes and kale