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Whole 30, Day 12: Sweet potatoes

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's Whole 30, Day 12 and today the spotlight is on: Sweet Potatoes

I don't have a lot of time for blogging today but I couldn't miss the next installment in the series. I am posting a recipe for a veggie that speaks for itself, the humble sweet potato. Unlike some people, I think both white and sweet potatoes are completely paleo-compatible in moderation, and being Irish I certainly claim that if anyone is adapted to eating shpuds, I am!

Right, so with that said, today's recipe was first featured on www.thefreckledfoodie.com. It's worth referring to the original here for the spectacular photographs... no, I didn't snatch 'em 'cos that'd be stealing.

Hasselback Sweet Potato Two Ways (sweet and savoury)

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 45 min
Total time: 47 min
Yield: 2-4
Difficulty: easy
Recipe type: Side dish


2-4 Sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed clean and dried
2 cloves Garlic
2 tbsp Olive oil
Spices, use your faves! I used Smoked paprika and Chili powder
1 tbsp sliced Almonds
2 tbsp Coconut oil, melted
1 tsp Honey (omit if on the Whole30)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place your sweet potato on a kitchen towel to stabilize while you slice it.
With a sharp knife slice every 1/4 – 1/2 inch into your sweet potato making sure to leave about a centimeter at the bottom so the slices stay together!

Mince one clove of garlic and distribute it between the slices of your savory potato, slice the other one thinly and use the slices of garlic every few cuts to keep them slightly open.
Sprinkle the spices and drizzle the olive oil over the top so it gets into the openings

For the ‘sweet’ one, wedge sliced almonds into the slices to keep them open.
Drizzle with melted coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey if you choose.
Place on baking sheet or in a glass baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Previous posts in this series:
Whole 30, Day 1: Leeks
Whole 30, Day 2: Peppers
Whole 30, Day 3: Celeriac
Whole 30, Day 4: Turnips
Whole 30, Day 5: Spinach
Whole 30, Day 6: Aubergine/Eggplant
Whole 30, Day 7: Broccoli
Whole 30, Day 8: Mushrooms
Whole 30, Day 9: Cabbage
Whole 30, Day 10: Carrots
Whole 30, Day 11: Fennel
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