17 May Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Dressing
“NUMEROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES NOW CONFIRM THAT A WHOLE FOODS DIET COMPRISED PRIMARILY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND NUTS WITHOUT ADDED OIL, SUGAR, AND SALT IS OPTIMAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH, NOT ONLY PREVENTING A BROAD RANGE OF DISEASE AND ILLNESSES, BUT ALSO REVERSING SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CHRONIC CONDITIONS. THIS FINDING IS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE IT COMMUNICATES A TRUTH THAT HAS THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES.”
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
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.
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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- 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
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- Prep your grill.
- Mix the smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin in a bowl with a little salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken kebabs on the skewers, about 5 – 6 per skewer. Sprinkle some of the seasoning mix you made over all the chicken.
- 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.
- I'm not sure if I need to say this, but just in case....remove the chicken from the skewers before eating them!!
- Suggested Side: Rice and Salad
- 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
- Blend everything together until smooth.