Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweeten Up - Sister's Soft, Moist Sunday IX

There's a reason my sister and I live on opposite sides of the continent. We don't see eye-to-eye often enough to safely live any closer! All kidding aside, this has been a rough week. I think my sweet sister and I are going to have to agree to disagree. Either that or one of us is going to have to get a lobotomy.

In spite of our differences, I don't want my sister to starve, so I'm here with this week's Soft, Moist Selection. I've tried to make it as easy as possible to prepare, as she experienced another health set-back this week. No wonder she's so difficult to get along with. If I was in her situation I'd be cranky too. Actually, I'd probably be crankier. I'm older, so I've had more time to hone my cranky skills.

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted a recipe for mashed potatoes, Meghan from Making Love in the Kitchen suggested that a similar dish could be made with sweet potatoes and cauliflower. I thought it sounded great, but I didn't think my sweet sister would eat sweet potatoes. (I believe I've mentioned
that my sister's a fussy eater.) Recently I discovered that she likes sweet potatoes. I guess there's something we agree on after all. Who knew?

This Week's Soft, Moist Selection

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Assorted Toppings.

(I must admit that I haven't personally tried any of these toppings. Most are adapted from suggestions on other websites. I chose them because they sound good, they're easy to prepare and they're things I think Sister can and will eat. I'd love to hear your suggestions. Feel free to comment with your favourite.)

Begin by wrapping the required number of sweet potatoes in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.

Top with:

- Butter, brown sugar, cinnamon (sister's current favourite)
- Salt, paprika, olive oil
- Black beans, cheese
- Yogurt, maple syrup, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg
- Almond butter or hazelnut butter, maple syrup
- Raisins or dried cranberries, sunflower butter, maple syrup
- Marmalade, ground ginger
- Tamari or soya sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds
- Flax seed oil, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg

(Note: I think chopped nuts could be substituted for the nut butters and sunflower or pumpkin seeds could be used instead of seed butter. I didn't list them here, as they're among the foods that Sister has difficulty eating.)


  1. Mmmmm - I forgot how much I love sweet potatoes! Now that the seasons have changed I'll have to try some of your suggestions. Thanks :-)

  2. Thank you Bookgirl. Let me know what works for you.


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