I’ve been kind of obsessed with sweet potatoes lately. They’re delicious, chock full of vitamins, and go equally as well with spicy, sweet, or savory flavors. This recipe is all of the above, and also keeps well for those weekday leftover lunches. Serves 4 (or 2 with lots of leftovers for lunch!)
What you’ll need:
- 2-3 medium garnet yams, peeled and cubed
- 2-3 tbsp. grapeseed oil (or your cooking oil of choice)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup roasted pepitas
- 1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. hot chili sauce (I like sriracha for this but any hot sauce will work)
- cayenne pepper, to taste
- salt and black pepper, to taste
What to do:
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F
- Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes (no, it doesn’t have to be exactly one inch, as long as they’re pretty consistent and small, you should be fine. Just keep in mind that the smaller and more even they are, the faster and more evenly they’ll cook.)
- Toss the cubed sweet potatoes in the grapeseed oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. For reference, I use about 2 pinches of salt, 5 grinds of black pepper, and about 1/2 tsp of cayenne, but these amounts are totally up to you.
- Arrange in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet (the foil is just for making clean-up easier, not necessary) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tender, stirring about halfway through.
- Set sweet potatoes aside to cool.
- In the meantime, dice the red and green bell peppers and scallions and place in a large mixing bowl with the pepitas and dried cranberries.
- Now, make the dressing. Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, maple syrup, and chili sauce in a small bowl. Taste and season if needed.
- Toss the sweet potatoes with the dressing, bell peppers, scallions, pepitas and dried cranberries. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Let me know what you think!