17 May Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Dressing

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Meal Plan #21

 

BARELY VEGAN MEAL PLAN #21

BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE:  CRANBERRY PEACH
LUNCH:  GARAM MASALA ROASTED SWEET POTATOES WITH COCONUT DRESSING
DINNER:  GRILLED CHICKEN KEBABS WITH CARDAMOM & LEMON

 

Cranberry Peach SmoothieGaram Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut DressingGrilled Chicken Kebabs with Cardamom & LemonGrilled Chicken Kebabs with Cardamom & Lemon

 

I’m loving this meal plan, especially because sweet potatoes are very filling and keep me satisfied for awhile, at least until my next snack.  ***side note: I’m a serial snacker!  I can always be seen stuffing my face with some apples and peanut butter or munching on granola with lots of pumpkin seeds. YUUUM!! Just another reason as to why I love the Daytime Vegan lifestyle so much.  You don’t have to worry as much about counting calories when you eat healthy plant foods all day (and you’re being physically active on a consistent basis)!!***

These sweet potatoes are great for lunch with a nice salad.  I know a lot of people are scared of carbs because they think carbs make you gain weight.  I used to think this way as well, but after a ton of reading on health and nutrition I don’t really agree with this anymore.

Besides, the proof is in the pudding.  I eat a TON of carbs every single day, brown rice pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, you name it and I eat as much as I want.   No restriction.  I’ve actually been LOSING weight over the last month (I’m definitely not trying to lose weight) and I eat more carbs than ever!  Do what feels right for you, but I really wish people weren’t so scared of carbs.

The creamy coconut dressing goes so well with the garam masala I roasted the potatoes with.  Garam masala is an Indian spice mixture.  The spice mixture varies depending on who makes it.  I’ve spoken to a few Indian friends about how they make garam masala and they all have one secret ingredient they use that makes their’s special!

I visited my parents the other day to grill the Chicken Kebabs with Cardamom and Lemon.  They really liked this dish.  I don’t eat chicken so I always have a family member test out my chicken recipes.  This recipe was definitely a winner with my parents!   I used chicken thighs so they would come out extra tender and juicy, but you could of course use breasts.

I wish I would have taken more pictures of their  BEAUTIFUL backyard.  You can kind of see it in the pictures behind the chicken kebabs.  They have the best yard ever.  So beautiful.    If you’re reading this parents I had a great time hanging out with you!!   🙂

 

 

Health Benefits of These Meals:

  • Cranberry Peach Smoothie:  Cranberries have been known for a looooong time to treat urinary tract infections.  Isolated compounds from cranberry have also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes:  Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a plant found in the tropical and subtropical belts and is one of the most nutritious tropical and subtropical vegetables.  It has been used in traditional medicine for Diabetes Mellitus, although studies are still being conducted to learn more about the potential benefits in regards to diabetes.  Sweet potatoes also provide 769% of the daily value for Vitamin A, rivaling green leafy vegetables!

 

***  This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.  All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

 

Gecko

Our little friend!  This pretty little critter was hanging out with us while we grilled, so I had to take a picture.  I love its vibrant green color & beautiful blue eyes.  Look at my parents yard in the background!!  GAAAAHH I love their house!  lol

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4.9 from 7 reviews
Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into large wedges (you should have 8 wedges per potato)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup coconut milk, (shake the can)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 12 mint sprigs (it should be about 1 tablespoon depending on the size of the sprigs)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons water if necessary
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl mix the 2 tablespoons olive oil, sweet potatoes, garam masala, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper thoroughly. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. To make the coconut dressing place the coconut milk, lime juice, garlic cloves, coriander, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cilantro and mint and pulse the blender 1 or 2 times so there are specs of cilantro and mint throughout the dressing.
  4. The dressing may be a little thicker depending on the brand of coconut milk you use and whether or not you shook it well before using it. Add a little water if the dressing is too thick.
  5. To serve, place some sweet potatoes on your plate and drizzle with the coconut dressing. I like to eat this with a salad for lunch!

4.9 from 7 reviews
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cardamom & Lemon
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs (or breasts), cut into approximately 1 inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 – 6 metal kebab skewers
Instructions
  1. Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender, along with some salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the chicken and this mixture to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover and let this marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Prep your grill.
  3. Mix the smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin in a bowl with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Place the chicken kebabs on the skewers, about 5 – 6 per skewer. Sprinkle some of the seasoning mix you made over all the chicken.
  5. Grill the kebabs until the chicken is fully cooked. They took about 15 – 20 minutes on our grill. Remove the chicken kebabs from the grill and serve.
  6. I'm not sure if I need to say this, but just in case....remove the chicken from the skewers before eating them!!
  7. Suggested Side: Rice and Salad

4.9 from 7 reviews
Cranberry Peach Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups peaches, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup cranberries, frozen or fresh
  • 6 – 8 dates, pitted
  • 1 very thin slice of lemon, the rind and everything
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 2 ½ cups water, filtered if possible
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth.
Notes
Use 2 – 4 tablespoons agave nectar if you don't have dates

 

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48 Comments
  • rebecca
    Posted at 05:52h, 17 May Reply

    I love sweet potatoes and garam masala. So, even though I am not usually a fan of coconut, I may give it a try in this recipe. I am trying to incorporate things I don’t normally eat outside of meat in more meals to expose my daughter to them. Luckily, the list is small ie beets, coconut, radishes, butterscotch, lol.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:11h, 17 May Reply

      lol, that list isn’t bad at all. I’m glad you’re open to giving foods a second chance! I’ve had to try things like 10 times before I finally liked it. 🙂

  • Fred
    Posted at 13:44h, 17 May Reply

    I am also a fan of sweet potatoes, but I have not a single idea what garam masala is. I wonder if I ever will,. Haha! I wish I could taste this recipe one day.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:33h, 17 May Reply

      Garam Masala tastes great! Look it up.

  • alison
    Posted at 15:55h, 17 May Reply

    The sweet potatoes with the coconut dressing looks so good! I love the chicken kabobs too! They still look moist and that they have a great flavor on top of them along with the char from the grill! So good!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 17 May Reply

      Thank you!! I definitely think the char on the kebabs added some great flavor!

  • Shawnyce Cano
    Posted at 19:00h, 17 May Reply

    First time visiting the site, and I was initially confused seeing chicken and the title, but it makes total sense. It’s definitely worth trying! I love sweet potatoes and the chicken looks heavenly!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:56h, 17 May Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you figured it out, lol.

  • Anosa
    Posted at 19:41h, 17 May Reply

    I love me some sweat potatoes, thanks for sharing the recipe as you’ve made me so hungry right now. And the smoothie that’s something I am copying right now.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:56h, 17 May Reply

      Thank you! I hope you like the smoothie. 🙂

  • Beth
    Posted at 22:30h, 17 May Reply

    I am such a fan of sweet potatoes! I would eat them with every meal if I could. Your recipes sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 22:45h, 17 May Reply

      lol, me too! I love sweet potatoes. Thank you. 🙂

  • Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    Posted at 23:03h, 17 May Reply

    I do love me some sweet potatoes – they’re so versatile! I made a sweet potato, spinach and cashew curry you’d probably enjoy (has coconut milk in it too).

    I’m definitely trying THIS.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:01h, 18 May Reply

      OMG, is the recipe on your website??? That sounds so good! Thank you. 🙂

  • Kathy Lacuna
    Posted at 23:44h, 17 May Reply

    Wow! These really look delicious and reading the recipes, I am sure they taste good to,specially the chicken kebabs. If healthy food is this delicious I wouldn’t mind embarking on a healthy diet.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:00h, 18 May Reply

      lol! Thank you.

  • Jason Panuelos
    Posted at 03:27h, 18 May Reply

    This post desperately made me wish our supermarkets in Manila had a more diverse collection. The Garam Masala looks absolutely divine 😀

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:49h, 18 May Reply

      Yes, sometimes I have to search everywhere to find certain spices, but luckily these days I can order certain ingredients online. Thanks for visiting!

  • Claire Algarme
    Posted at 04:19h, 18 May Reply

    I’ve been eatin sweet potatoes every now and then. I’ll try your recipe next time. We just usually boil them, so it’s nice to try a new way to prepare them.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:51h, 18 May Reply

      Oh yea, roasting them tastes amazing!!

  • Alina Popescu
    Posted at 07:28h, 18 May Reply

    I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes and always looking for new recipes for them. Yours looks so delicious! I am completely sold 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 18 May Reply

      Awesome, thank you!! 🙂

  • Saminu Abass
    Posted at 07:42h, 18 May Reply

    This is pretty. The sweet potatoes with the coconut dressing looks so awesome. You make me feel hungry

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 08:17h, 18 May Reply

    Looks so yummy and delicious.. I’d really love to try this out… The dressing r really superb!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 18 May Reply

      Yes, I love the coconut dressing! Thank you.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 09:46h, 18 May Reply

    Another amazing set of meals, how can you say no to these! I love that you combined cranberry with peach, that’s going to be super refreshing especially during summer! The chicken will go so well with lemon and with cardamom added to it, I’m sure it will be bursting with flavor.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:49h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth!! 🙂

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 15:04h, 18 May Reply

    The roasted sweet potato looks extra tasty. I would love to try this and this is also good for the body.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:49h, 18 May Reply

      Thanks!

  • Ana
    Posted at 17:38h, 18 May Reply

    I love sweet potatoes and your cranberry Peach Smoothie looks yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:06h, 18 May Reply

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 21:05h, 18 May Reply

    Though I like sweet potatoes, I haven’t tried any recipes with it. I love spicy food and I think I’ll like this one…

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 22:17h, 18 May Reply

      I think you will too!! Thanks.

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 11:18h, 19 May Reply

    The sweet potatoes with the coconut dressing looks so good! I’d really love to try this out.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:10h, 19 May Reply

      Thank you!

  • Shub
    Posted at 12:04h, 19 May Reply

    I regularly use Garam Masala in my cooking. It adds that spicy zing to the food. Simply love your smoothie and instead of sweet potato, I think I would like potato more.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:10h, 19 May Reply

      Oh yea, garam masala is great with regular potatoes too!!

  • Stephanie Nielsen
    Posted at 14:40h, 19 May Reply

    We eat sweet potatoes quite a bit in my family. We also are pretty obsessed with coconut. I’m printing this to try at our next family dinner! I also love how you got that picture of the lizard! How perfect!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:09h, 19 May Reply

      Awesome, thanks! I hope you like it. I love the lizard picture too!

  • Pooja Kawatra
    Posted at 15:12h, 19 May Reply

    At first I saw word Garam Masala, I assumed it is some indian recipe but it is yummy and lovely to try out.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:09h, 19 May Reply

      You don’t like Indian recipes!? It’s one of my favorite cuisines 🙂 Let me know how you like the sweet potatoes!

  • May Palacpac
    Posted at 16:12h, 19 May Reply

    I so envy you that you can eat so much carbs and still lose weight. Wow! I wish I can be like you but I’m one of those you say are afraid of it as my body doesn’t respond to it the way yours does. I love how those kebabs look, btw!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:10h, 19 May Reply

      lol! I completely understand. Everyone’s body is different so we always have to do what feels right to us! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • phyliciamarie
    Posted at 07:00h, 27 May Reply

    The Garam Masala Sweet Potatoes sound soooo good!! I’d love to recreate the sauce on my own and try it with other root crop carbs!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:03h, 27 May Reply

      Thanks!

  • Sunshine Kelly
    Posted at 03:46h, 30 May Reply

    I love sweet potatoes and going to try your recipe the Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Yummsss.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:24h, 31 May Reply

      thanks

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