"I thought I would never eat thanksgiving food again, let alone in the form of a salad"
I remember back when I first started attempting to go vegan I had no idea what to eat. If you needed me I you would see me going back and forth between the frozen food freezer isle and the banana section, feeling like I was missing out on something...That something was cooking! Talking to a facebook friend today made me remember that just starting out being vegan used to be so confusing. And I missed some of the old foods I was so used to eating...at times I felt I would never taste them again.
I was never big on sweet potatoes to be honest except around thanksgiving and that is when they are usually smoothered in burnt melted gooey marshmallows. I am sure you know what I am talking about..they smell like sweet campfire thanksgiving candy, all warm and toasty. I thought I would never eat thanksgiving food again...let alone in the form of a salad. I am gluten free and vegan after all..
This salad seriously tastes like toasted sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. No joke.
For anyone just starting out going vegan I recommend the freezer section of the grocery store. I know, I know, many people do the hex sign around that area like they are a witch in a coven...only dancing magically around the periferey of the store...But I don't I step right in that lions den. What I find might amaze you.
Freezer veggies. Get them. Buy them. They don't rot.
I will say this again...Freezer veggies...don't rot.
When you are first starting out going vegan and you buy out the whole produce section, you might end moldy veggies, because veggies by themselves don't really scream out "EAT ME". So they kind of just sit there until you learn how to make them taste delicious. This is where frozen sweet potatoes come in. They have no oil. Perfect if you are trying to maintain a high carb low fat lifestyle. Also magic trick number two parchment paper. Get that and always keep some on hand. I like the french kind with no chemicals.
This really was a quick recipe. I think the best thing to remember with this is to don't over pour the maple syrup like I accedently did trying to take an action shot of the syrup being poured. But if you think about it, people probably consume more syrup in their pancakes...those darn cute fluffy sponges that they are.
Oh did I mention, you won't get fat with this salad? And maple syrup has all sorts of benefits for the body!
- low glycemic
- fights inflammation
- high in antioxidants, 24 for different kinds to be exact, most of them you have never heard of
- very high in zinc and manganese
- manganese is good for fat and carbohydrate metabolisim and zinc is good for the immune system
So okay, on second thought, pour it on...
Oh and a side note, adding white pepper to anything gives it a slightly smokey mysterious taste...almost like toasted marshmallows....
And do please let me know if you try this, if I am crazy, but this seriously tastes like pie :)
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Salad
- Sweet potato cubes; frozen, one bag
- 3-4 handfuls of mixed dark super greens
- white pepper
- garlic tahini sauce
- maple syrup
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- On parchment paper and a cookie sheet spread out sweet potato cubes
- lightly dash white pepper on the sweet potato
- pour 2 tablespoons or so maple syrup on sweet potatos
- lightly dash cayenne to taste and personal spice liking
- stir all around with a fork until mostly covered
- bake for 20-25 minutes until very lightly browned
- in mean time take a large bowl and put about 3-4 handfuls of greens in the bowl
- take baked sweet potato and slide it on top of the greens.
- pour heavy amounts of garlic tahini on top of the sweet potato
- pour enough maple syrup to make it sweet but now drowning in syrup...I put about a 1/4 cup on mine
- finish with more cayenne pepper and enjoy with a cup of green tea! Smile, you seriously just made sweet potato pie salad,