File this under “necessity is the mother of invention!” We don’t get much snow where I am, but we got a dusting yesterday. So, the roads closed right about the time I got to the bottom of my veggie crisper – oh, no!!
Lunch today meant getting a little creative with the giant (SERIOUSLY giant) sweet potato I had on the counter, and some cashews from the fridge. And it turned out AMAZING. Give this a try, even if it’s not the last food you have left in the house!
– 2 large sweet potatoes (or one freakishly large one – I think I had a 2-pounder!), sliced into 1-2″ chunks
– 1 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil if you don’t have coconut)
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp cumin
– sprinkle of salt
– 1 cup fresh, unsalted cashews
– 1 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/4 cup Dried coconut flakes, unsweetened (can be omitted)
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the sweet potatoes, sprinkle with the spices, stir, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add the water, stir, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
In the meantime, in a high-speed blender (like Vitamix), add the cashews, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut flakes, add water to come to just the top of the cashews, and blend until super-smooth and creamy, with no trace of the nuts.
When the potatoes are ready, put them in a bowl, and mash them with the cashew cream to taste. Top with a little more, just for fun.
NOTE: You will have leftover cashew cream, which is AWESOME. Use it as an amazing fruit topping, in smoothies, over any baked goods (bread, whatever), eat it straight from your bowl as a treat, or just make more sweet potatoes tomorrow!
Thank you for this! I just discovered your website and this is my first email..I am on day 53 of a 60 day juice fast inspired by Joe Zcross from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead fame..’My husband and I have been vegan for almost 5 years..The day he received a rare, aggressive cancer diagnosis 5 years ago was the day we became vegan! We are totally convinced this decision saved his life! This recipe looks amazing and I cannot wait to pick up a fork again to try it!! Thank you!!
Jennifer Silverberg says
Luana – Thrilled to hear that you and your husband have taken your health into your own hands – you two are the ones who care most about it! And thrilled to have you here at Eat Yourself Well – Jennifer
I wish your recipes had a print option!