I just realized that I’m making a bunch of orange foods!
Part I: Sweet Potato Savory
I’m trying to be better at cooking with what is in the house, and I realized that I had sitting on my kitchen table, where about 4 large sweet potatoes that I had bought ages ago. Well, three weeks ago. Today at work I decided that today I had to put those sweet potatoes to work for me.
But I had to make dinner! When I hear sweet potatoes I think of sweet, mushy, clumps of sweet potatoes, dripping with butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, marshmallows.Thanksgiving is right around the corner- I’ll have plenty of that business then.
You can’t make that! I said to myself. No, I cannot. Luckily there are geniuses like Mark Bittman. I found an article of his from last year talking about how the poor, beta-carotene rich sweet potato gets unfairly pigeonholed into the ubiquitous Thanksgiving side dish.
No one puts sweet potato in a corner. Now I had to put the pieces together to make something work. The SO made some spaghetti and neglected it a couple of days ago. The gears began to crank, with the help of Mr. Bittman and some poking around on allrecipes.com.
Sweet Potato and Spinach Spaghetti
1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 lb of spaghetti cooked
2 Tbsp butter, divided
1 tsp salt
a nice handful of baby spinach
1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup of shredded parmesan
1/4 cup of diced or slivered almonds (optional)
1. Cook spaghetti. While spaghetti is cooking, prepare sweet potato, onion, garlic, and cheese if you need to grate it.
2. In a large pan, heat olive oil up over medium-high heat. Saute onions,garlic, and salt until onions are clear. Add shredded sweet potato and combine with cooked onions and garlic. Saute until tender and soft, about 5-8 minutes.
3. Add handful of baby spinach. I like to tear them up while I adding them. Saute until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add 1 Tbsp of butter and combine until melted.
5. Add cooked spaghetti and mix until fully combined. You can add the extra tablespoon of butter here if you think your pasta needs it. Add parmesan cheese, mix. Top pasta with mozzarella and nuts if you’re using it. The nuts are a great form of added protein. Serve piping hot!
next…Sweet Potato Pie.