Yams & A Recipe

 

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Roasted Yams with Sunflower Seed Sauce7c130c14b6a212e8f1c11d85f25b7285
2 large yams or sweet potatoes, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
crushed cilantro

Sunflower Seed Sauce
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss yams with maple syrup, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Season generously with sea salt and black pepper.
Heat a cast iron skillet or any oven safe skillet over medium-high heat with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Once skillet is very hot, place yams cut side down and allow to brown for 3 – 5 minutes. Flip yams to other side and place skillet in oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until yams are fork tender and well browned on all sides.

Sunflower Seed Sauce
While yams are roasting, combine all ingredients for the sauce, in a high speed blender. Blend until very smooth, approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Place sauce in the refrigerator and allow to cool as it will be warm from blending.
To serve sweet potatoes, transfer to a serving platter, drizzle liberally with sauce and garnish with cilantro. Serve warm.
Remaining sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Adapted From:Almost Vegan

Chickpeas & A Recipe

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Chickpea & Aubergine Dip

2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water for 6-8 hours and drained

1 carrot, peeled and cut up

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 eggplants, cut lengthwise in half

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Harissa

1 tsp ground cumin

Combine the chickpeas, and carrot in a medium saucepan, add 4 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 1.5 hours. Drain, and reserve 1 cup of the liquid.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Toss the garlic and eggplant with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and arrange on a roasting pan, eggplant cut side down. Roast for 50 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Scoop the flesh from the eggplant and transfer to a blender. Add the roasted garlic, chickpeas, harissa, cumin, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Puree, adding more of the cooking liquid 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time as necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Cool & serve with veggies or pita