Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sweet Potatoes

How do you feel about sweet potatoes? Do you love them? Hate them? Or just feel indifferent towards them?

I have yet to decide how I feel about sweet potatoes. Back in 2010, when I was pregnant for the first time, I craved sweet potato fries like mad. Which resulted in me eating way too many of them and now when I think of them, I kind of gag/cringe. Sad isn't it? But I do still kind of like sweet potatoes when they are mixed into a recipe and I do buy them on occasion.

Which brings me to the next part. Over a month ago now, I picked up a couple sweet potatoes from the farmers' market. I used probably three small ones with a meal and then promptly forgot about the rest. About a week ago, I noticed that they were starting to look a little sad and shrivelled so I decided that it was time to use them up. Like I've said before, I'm trying to not waste food.

So I pulled out one of my favourite sweet potato recipes. It's a photocopy of a recipe that a coworker brought back from The Royal Winter Fair held in Toronto each year. I guess she had seen a cooking demonstration and this is what they made, handing out recipes at the end.

Honey Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole
Serves 4

1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed in 1 inch pieces
1 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, cubed in 1 inch pieces
1 Tbsp. honey
2 c. chicken broth
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. grainy mustard
1 c. peas (or other green vegetable)

Heat oil in a pan. Add cubed chicken and brown. Remove chicken from pan and set aside. 

Add garlic, sweet potatoes, mustard, honey and 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add browned chicken, bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock with cornstarch and add to pan. Add peas and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

It's not really a casserole though. More like a one pot meal. We like to double the saucy part so that it isn't quite as dry. Although this time I went a little overboard with the chicken broth and it ended up being a little too liquidy. So we made up some rice to serve it over, which ended up being really tasty and actually stretched the meal! So I will probably be doing that again.

I love the simplicity of this meal. There aren't many ingredients and not many steps. Plus, I love a meal that only dirties one pot! Unless you make rice, then it's two pots.

Overall, I like this meal and I like the sweet potatoes in it. I'm still not a fan of sweet potato fries or a meal that is overpowered by the sweet potato taste, but I can have them on occasion.

So, what's the verdict? Tell me how you feel about these happy little orange vegetables!


  1. I like sweet potatoes, but I feel like that soup would taste better with real potatoes? looks good though!

  2. Casey, it's not a soup, more like a stew? I might have to try it with real potatoes sometime and let you know how it turns out. :)

  3. My daughter shared a recipe for carrot/sweet potato soup with peanut butter this week that was soooo good! I love sweet potatoes many ways,trying Down to Earth recipe for lunch, making stuffed meatless ones.

  4. GrammaGrits, that soup sounds pretty good! I wouldn't have thought of adding peanut butter to a soup but I can imagine it would be tasty. I might have to give it a try.

    I'm assuming you're talking about the Down to Earth book, I didn't know it had recipes. I have yet to get my hands on a copy of it.

    If you don't mind me asking, how did you find my blog?

  5. Hi jenn, I found your blog through dte blog - you are listed in the weekend reading post :-)
    I think the recipe the above comment refers to is on the blog, rhonda posted it recently. I'm planning on trying it this week as well.
    This stew recipe looks great! So simple, I will be trying it soon. I'm off to have a look around your blog, it looks interesting.

  6. Melissa! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that my blog was listed in the weekend reading post on DTE. I'll have to go check it out. :)

    I will also have to find that recipe for the soup with peanut butter, I want to give it a try.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Heh Jenn Couldn't help but notice the Kawartha Farm Choice recipe. from my neck of the woods in Dairy land of the Kawartha's, east Of Peterborough. Found you on Down-to-earth as a good read for this week. Come join me sometime and us other Ontarians.

  8. onesimplefarmgirl2, what a small world it is! I'm definitely from your neck of the woods, just outside of Peterborough. I will check out your blog, it's always nice to get to know people who live close by. :)

  9. That looks great. I'm a fan of sweet potato so I'm going to try the recipe.

  10. Heidi, let me know how it turns out for you!

  11. Found you through Down to Earth blog. The recipe was on her blog, not sure it's in her book, haven't read it yet! The soup was like African peanut soup without the chicken but still yummy!

  12. GrammaGrits, thanks for letting me know how you found me. I will have to go over to Down to Earth and bookmark that recipe, it sounds yummy.

    I also want to get my hands on her book. I'm sure it would be fabulous!