Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Clean Eating Recipe of the Week: Lemon and Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook
Lemon and Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 3 good-sized sweet potatoes, scrubbed and trimmed of fibers
  • 1 1/2 cups / 360 ml apple juice
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml agave nectar
  • 1 tsp / 5 ml ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp / 5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp / 5 ml freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp / 45 ml best-quality olive oil
  • Juice of one half lemon

1. Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C.

2. Prepare a large baking dish by spraying with Eat-Clean Cooking Spray or a touch of olive oil.

3. Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until just tender. Don’t overcook the sweet potatoes – you want them a bit firm. They will finish cooking in the oven.

4. Drain sweet potatoes and set aside to cool. Peel if desired. Cut into rounds 1/4-inch thick and lay them in the baking dish. Don’t overlap the pieces of potato.

5. In a heavy saucepan place apple juice, agave nectar, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest and salt. Simmer over low heat for several minutes. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Stir well. The liquid should now be syrup. If not thick enough, simmer a little longer. Pour the warm syrup over the sweet potatoes.

6. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or until hot and fragrant.

7. Serve hot.
Nutritional Value for a Five-Slice Serving of Sweet Potatoes:
Calories: 148 Calories from Fat: 60 Total Fat: 7 g Saturated Fat: 0 g
Total Carbs: 33 g Fibers: 2 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 233 mg Cholesterol: 0 mg

This came across my e-mail and I knew it was a must share! My copy of the cookbook should be here any day now and I can't wait to share more of Tosca's fabulous recipes!!

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VeggieGirl said...

You had me at sweet potatoes :)

Jennifer (Savor) said...

Seriously, you had me at sweet potato. Did you love it? Would you change anything?

TheFitnessFreak said...

I reduced the lemon juice to 1 Tbsp. and upped the salt to 3/4 tsp.. My boys really liked it!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

lemon juice is one I would have never thought to try with sweet potatoes...the rest of the spices yes, but that's a nice twist, may have to give er a whirl :)


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