Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maple, Brown Sugar, And Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes.
I cannot believe classes are almost. That the Post Baccalaureate program has drawn to a quiet close, that the curtain whispers as it falls. Now the only concerns left standing are the final review (mine is next Wednesday!), what art pieces should be selected for our fourth floor show, what shall the reception committee prepare/purchase as hors d'oeuvres (thinking some foods should be vegan of course) and what to wear for graduation. Speaking of this near three month break, vastly approaching, I was rather touched that Mark, my seminar instructor/critic, suggested that instead of getting a summer job maybe I should embark on creating a vegan subscription service- delivering delicious vegan meals on the go! I've never considered such a thing, but my mind is gradually wrapping around brilliant idea....
Now onto another amazing concoction- roasted sweet potatoes. Mmmmhmmmmm.
Just the smell of roasted maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon infused sweet potatoes always fills a room with the most wickedly fragrant aroma, an aroma that should be quickly bottled and reserved for future wicker burning candle. I love the smell. Cherish it actually. It's truly, without a shadow of doubt, a smell that resonates beyond crisp autumn leaves and earthly colored season. Roasted sweet potatoes should be made all year long. The flavorful taste alone dazzles tongue in a serenade of warm satisfaction, all soft, tender, and succulent. 
Very simple and no fuss, this only promises to be a fibrous, nutritiously drenched dessert.

Maple, Brown Sugar, And Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes Ingredients and Preparation

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch of lemon juice (and if you have a grater make lemon zest so I'll be jealous!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
After peeling and chopping sweet potatoes into desired small chunks and/or slices, gather into a small bowl and hand mix them with maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
Lay them onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Warm and amazing.
Yummy, glistening with beauty sweet potatoes.
For a simple topping plain coconut milk yogurt and a kiss of lemon juice does the trick just fine.

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