Baked Sweet Potatoes…Mediterranean Style! (GF, V)

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It’s that time of the year where holiday menu planning has begun! I don’t know about you but I’m torn this year between loving the once-a-year classics and wanting to try something new. So that’s why I’m so excited to share with you this recipe for Mediterranean-style sweet potatoes from Minimalist Baker. This recipe allows us to keep a favorite classic Thanksgiving side dish, but gives us a chance to do something a little different with them.

This recipe also has two added nutritional bonuses: (1) it’s not drenched in syrup, marshmallows or sugar, a dangerous source of hidden sugars if you’re trying to save your sugar quota for dessert, and (2) it calls for the skins to be left on, which have a number of nutrients including fiber and beta carotene. And if you’re worried about the carb impact from starchy vegetables all around the holiday season, you can read what our Registered Dietitian Lea had to say about them in her previous post.

Ingredients (serves 4):
4 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp each cumin, coriander, cinnamon, smoked (or regular) paprika
Optional: Pinch of sea salt or lemon juice

GARLIC HERB SAUCE:
1/4 cup hummus (or tahini)
juice of 1/2 lemon (~1 Tbsp)
3/4 – 1 tsp dried dill (or sub 2-3 tsp fresh)
3 cloves garlic, minced
Water or unsweetened almond milk to thin
Optional: Sea salt to taste (I didn’t need any)

TOPPINGS: (Optional)
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped parsley, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Chili garlic sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with foil.
  2. Rinse and scrub potatoes and cut in half length wise. This will speed cooking time. Otherwise leave whole and bake longer (approximately double the time (45 min – 1 hour).
  3. Toss rinsed and drained chickpeas with olive oil and spices and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Rub the sweet potatoes with a bit of olive oil and place face down on the same baking sheet (or another baking sheet depending on size).
  5. While the sweet potatoes and chickpeas are roasting, prepare your sauce by adding all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisking to combine, only adding enough water to almond milk to thin so it’s pourable. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add more garlic for more zing, salt for savoriness, lemon juice for freshness, and dill for a more intense herb flavor. I found mine didn’t need anything else.
  6. NOTE: If you don’t have hummus, tahini (which you can DIY!) will make a great base substitution for the sauce – just adjust the seasonings to accommodate the lack of flavor tahini provides.
  7. Also prepare the parsley-tomato topping by tossing tomato and parsley with lemon juice and setting aside to marinate.
  8. Once sweet potatoes are fork tender and the chickpeas are golden brown – roughly 25 minutes – remove from oven.
  9. For serving, flip potatoes flesh-side up and smash down the insides a little bit. Then top with chickpeas, sauce and parsley-tomato garnish. Serve immediately.

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