Sweet Potato Salad w/Kale
What's not to love? From colors to taste to nutrition in this dressing-free salad - it's a win! A secret spice takes this salad to an amazing level!
One of my favorites! I (and my dogs) loveeeee sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), but who doesn't? They are rich in vitamin C, copper, manganese, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B5 & B6 and beta carotene. However, to get the beta carotene to convert to vitamin A, you have to use some good fats like coconut oil. This is crucial and most health sites and blogs won't tell you about this very important fact and that is because most people don't even know about the right way to cook and convert beta carotene in our diet to vitamin A - something sweet potatoes can greatly offer.
Another great thing I like about this recipe is that it is so easy and quick. Recipes like this one can be made any day of the week and are also a great way to increase your intake of root vegetables like sweet potatoes. Also, another thing to learn is that the longer you cook the sweet potatoes, the sweeter they get - yup. This is because they break down from starch into sugar called maltose, which is sweet (this is why they are used in baking!). This recipe cooks the sweet potatoes fast - boil and saute. Done. Just make sure you cut the sweet potatoes in smaller pieces so they can boil and saute quickly.
Sweet potatoes also have a very low glycemic index which makes them more desirable and easier to digest. I included some kale and topped it with some lemon juice as the vitamin C in the lemon juice (and the red bell pepper) helps the iron in kale to get absorbed much better by your body.
So, let's start this recipe!
FUN FACT: Plus, in this video you will get to see some beautiful flowers AND what's cooking in the kitchen for my DOGS!!
1. 4 large organic sweet potatoes
2. 1 whole bunch fresh organic kale
3. 1 organic red bell pepper
4. 1 organic tomato
5. 1 garlic
6. 2 large organic yellow onion
Spices & oils -
1. Organic, UN-refined coconut oil - 4 full tablespoonfuls!! Don't skip.
2. Organic Sea salt - per taste. Add less first, you can always adjust later.
3. Cayenne - per taste. Add less first, you can always adjust later. So, if you don't know, start with 1/4 teaspoon.
4. Black pepper.
5. Thyme - Start with 1 teaspoon. THIS will take it to another level!
Top with -
1. Organic olive oil
2. Dried basil
3. Lemon juice
Simple steps -
Watch the video/pics for step-by-step recipe.
Compost - Plz. start composting. Imagine if all of us stopped using plastic bags for such stupid reasons? How Earth will change overnight? If you don't have compost bin in your home, you can make one.
This was one of the first recipes I made of yours and it remains a go to top favorite. 6 months of cooking vegan/gluten free and your site is the only one I can count on to be delicious every time. I find most others lack the flavor and the extra ingredients that are so healthy for you. Thank you Somyata for sharing your knowledge and talent! You make this lifestyle so easy and delicious...I wouldn't have it any other way...and couldn't do it without you as a source.
THANK YOU Libby! This statement made my day..:) just saw it and loved it. I am SO happy that you love the recipes and are enjoying them. Yes! TGR is the website for you - don't go anywhere..:). More delicious, healthful recipes coming soon..:) -Somyata.
I'm eating this as I write this comment. This was sooooo EASY to make and the finished product is sooooo DELICIOUS. When I saw the few amount of ingredients I thought "hmmm, I might add more herbs," BUT it wasn't at all necessary. You pushed the flavor over the top. THANK YOU dear lady for sharing your knowledge and creativity with all who are lucky enough to find your site. God Bless and KEEP creating.
JoAnne - Thank you so much for taking the time to write this sweet comment here as well as on YouTube. I was beyond happy to know you both loved this recipe so much. Even I was shocked...how good it came out at the end! LOLLLL. Who am I kidding?! This is one of my very own favorites!
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