Mocha Sweet Potato Toast

Mocha Sweet Potato Toast

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I guess this isn’t really a recipe.  It’s more of an idea for a yummy snack, a proposal for a unique flavor combination, a suggestion for using a tasty nut butter.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Potato Puns

Top Ten Tuesday: Potato Puns

 

Welcome to day two of Sweet Potato Week!  I hope you find these potato puns a-peel-ing!

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Sweet Potato People

Sweet Potato People

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I am deeming it sweet potato week.  Why? Just because I can.

Sweet potatoes are nice, and they think you are nice.

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to be a week of nothing but recipes.  I am hoping to cover as many of my “lives” as possible.

To start our sweet potato celebrations, I am going to show you how to make sweet potato people.  This is an activity that I used during my Children’s Literature class as a follow-up to telling a folk tale.  My class loved it, and it is great to use with children of all ages.

Supplies

  • One sweet potato per student (regular potatoes would work too)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A handout for each student

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Directions

  • Allow each student to color and cut out a few body parts.
  • Use glue and toothpicks to attach the body body parts to the potato.  Some younger students may need help.
  • Display your Sweet Potatoes People.

 

 

Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes

Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes

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Last Saturday, I hopped a plane and left my life in North Carolina.  My DSLR, my laptop, and my favorite stuffed animal are all a thousand miles away, and I am engaging on a new adventure.  While I will miss my family, friends, cooking, and everything else about North Carolina, I am beyond excited for everything that this summer holds.

Because I will only have a few free hours a week, I am not even going to attempt to write new blog posts.  Don’t worry though; I have scheduled quite a few posts to appear while I am gone.  I cannot wait to tell you all about my summer, but until then, keep reading my posts and leaving comments (I will respond when I get back home).

Enjoy your summer!

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Sweet Potato Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:

  • Coat a pan with nonstick spray and heat it over high heat.
  • Whip egg and mix with all ingredients.
  • Spoon batter onto pan.
  • Cook until it can easily be flipped.
  • Flip and cook a few more minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy.

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Sweet Potato Butter Oatmeal

Sweet Potato Butter Oatmeal

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If you happen to just feel lazy this beautiful Monday morning, then don’t worry with a difficult breakfast recipe.  Rely on your good, pre-made friend known as “apple butter” to do all the flavoring work.  If you are feeling especially energetic, however, take the time to stir in some vanilla and top the concoction with walnuts.

Sweet Potato Butter Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
  • 1 tbs. sweet potato butter
  • walnuts, for topping

Directions:

  • Bring water to boil
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in oatmeal.  Boil five minutes.
  • While the oatmeal is boiling, stir in vanilla extract and sweet potato butter
  • When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer it to a bowl and top it with walnuts.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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I am not quite sure what possessed me to buy a sweet potato.  Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love sweet potatoes.  I could eat them on a daily basis.  However, I live in a dorm room and eat all of my meals in a cafeteria.  I really had no need for a sweet potato.  For some reason, though, I did indeed buy a sweet potato, and it sat on top of my mini fridge for a full week.  Taunting me.  I had to make something.  I couldn’t let such a tasty food go to waste.  What could I do?

After 168 full hours of not touching the potato, I knew that something had to be done.  I washed the potato, pulled out my college cooking utensils, and set to work.

Let me just mention that a butter knife does not cut a raw sweet potato very easily.  I eventually resorted to stabbing the potato, twisting the knife, and breaking the potato with my hands.  It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.  I boiled the cubes in my hot pot, mashed them with a fork, and stirred in cinnamon and almond milk for flavor and creaminess.  Delicious!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tbs. milk
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  • Boil cubed sweet potato until completely cooked.  I consider the potato cooked when I can easily mash it with a fork.
  • Drain.
  • Transfer potato cubes to a plate and mash with a fork.
  • Transfer to bowl.  Stir in milk and cinnamon.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Paleo Problems and Sweet Potato Patties

Paleo Problems and Sweet Potato Patties

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I’ve noticed a lot of people out in blogger’s world advocating the Paleo diet.  They make it sound great–let’s eat like cavemen–and their pages have some pretty yummy recipes.  Since I know I could never be a strict Paleo (no oatmeal? no yogurt? no black beans? forget it!), I decided to see if I could even make it a day.

For breakfast, I cooked some eggs.  So far so good…then I topped them with corn salsa.  Strike one.

          – That’s okay.  It’s only one meal.  I will do better the rest of the day.

My mid-morning snack was peanuts.  Strike two.

          – Alright. Third time is the charm.  Lunch will be perfect.

I found a recipe for sweet potato patties, made some modifications to keep it both Paleo and tasty, and set to work. After some cooking and photographing, I devoured two delicious sweet potato patties…topped with cottage cheese.  Strike three.  I’m out.

More power to ya’, cavemen.  For now, I will keep eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.

Paleo (or not) Sweet Potato Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbs. almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
  • honey to taste (if you have also given up the Paleo way of life 🙂 )

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Shape mixture into two patties
  • Heat a medium skillet over high heat and place patties in the pan
  • Cook for a few minutes on each side until the patties are golden brown
  • Remove from pan, eat, and be thankful that we are not cave people