Thursday, April 14, 2011

Last Licks . . . Mama Pea's Mmmm Sauce and Roasted Sweet Potato Rings

The day is dangerously close when life as I know it will come to an end. Tomorrow my contractor is setting up a makeshift kitchen in my living room where I will be attempting to "cook" for the next 12 weeks (I'm NOT complaining!). If I make it through I will be blessed with the kitchen of my dreams (big smile and nervous laughter). It's either the best decision I have ever made or the stupidest financial risk. Time will tell. And I don't want to live a life that ends in regret.

You'd think that I would be spending my last few days with a full kitchen preparing elaborate vegan soups and casseroles that I could freeze and that would help get us through the duration. But if you guessed I was doing that, you'd be way wrong. It's more like I'm paralyzed with fear. I'm avoiding life like the plague--hardly blogging, e-mails piling up, watching far too much reality TV. Hey, even I get (mildly!) depressed.

I first saw today's recipe this morning when I was going through a few days worth of old e-mails. That's generally how I decide what's for dinner--some interesting recipe magically lands in my in box and today this was it. I noticed that Mama Peas' Mmmm Sauce called for 1/4 cup of canola oil so I asked Mama Pea what I should do if I didn't want to use any oil. Nice girl that she is, she almost immediately suggested avocado. I happened to have one that I needed to use up, so I substituted 1/2 of an avocado for the oil.

I whipped up the batch of Mmmm Sauce when I got home from work and tossed it into a big salad . . . it was just okay. Then I dipped a roasted sweet potato ring (my new go to side dish for weeknights) and it was magic! The sauce actually reminded me of one of my all time favorite recipes. It was Gena at Choosing Raw's Raw Curried Cashew Spread that made me sure I could go vegan and never look back.

If you haven't made Roasted Sweet Potato rings, here's how to do it: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Carefully cut sweet potatoes into 1/4" slices and lay on baking sheet in a single layer. Place tray in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and flip rings. Place trays back in oven, but rotate oven placement of trays top to bottom. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.

For another extraordinary use of Roasted Sweet Potato Rings, don't forget to give Chef A.j.'s Sweet Potato Nachos a try. Yum!

What risks have you taken lately? Is there anything that you want to do but are on the fence about?


Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Ooh, I love the sound of sweet potato rings!!!

Michelle said...

Those sweet potato rings sound so good. I need to make those right away! :o)

Vivi said...

Hi Wendy, so glad I found your blog, via Dr Fuhrmans blog. My family loved the sweet potato nachos last Sunday, and I just made a modified curried cashew nut spread, I didn't have miso so substituted with some canned corn kernels and used a little lime juice instead of lemon (ok so it becomes completely different but method is the same!). Was wondering, so many great blogs out there, do you follow any Australian blogs along similar nutritarian ideas? Not that there's anything wrong with American blogs, just the seasons and measures are different. And we like rocket instead of arugula :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Sweet potatoes make anything better!

Cassie said...

Sweet potato rings! I love sweet potato fries, and recently saw a sweet potato crouton recipe... rings sound delicious, especially with Mmmm sauce :) I can also see them to make breadless bruschetta ...yum!!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Vivi-If you know of some Australian blogs that I should be following, please let me know what they are! I don't choose blogs by country of origin, I choose by content!

katshealthcorner said...

I love Mama Pea's idea to use Avocado! :D

I love your Sweet Potato Rings idea! You are so smart!!! I have a Sweet Potato downstairs that's calling my name! :D

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