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Sweet Potato Curry Rounds

I have been experimenting with a new recipe, and I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients to make these sweet potato curry rounds delicious!  These are really healthy, quick and easy to make, and taste great!  These sweet potato curry rounds are excellent for appetizers or a snack, and would be the perfect item to bring to a pot luck.  They are firm on the outside, soft on the inside, and have just a slight curry taste.

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adapted from ShopCookMake

Ingredients

2 medium sweet potatoes

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups spinach, chopped

3 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp dried basil

1 Tbsp dried parsley

1 green onion, minced

1 tsp Madras curry powder

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

Directions

You may wish to peel your potatoes first, although I keep the skin on because that’s where a lot of the nutrients are at.  This recipe should work fine either way.  Chop the potatoes into large chunks and place in a pot.  Cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook for about 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, mince the garlic and chop the spinach.  In a skillet over medium heat, add about 1 Tbsp olive oil and lightly brown the garlic.  Add in the spinach with 3 Tbsp water, and cook until the spinach wilts (about 3 minutes).

Preheat the oven to 450 at this time.

When the potatoes are finished cooking, drain them and place them in a medium bowl.  Using a potato masher, mash until fully soft (like you’re making mashed potatoes).

Add the spinach and mashed sweet potatoes to a bowl and add in all the seasonings plus 1 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp flour (I used whole wheat flour, but any flour should work).  Stir together and let cool for a few minutes.

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Grease a pan, and then, using your hands, form 1 1/2 inch balls with the sweet potato mixture and place on the pan.  (I was able to make 20 balls with my sweet potato mixture.)

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Bake at 450 for 15-18 minutes.  I checked mine at 15 minutes, but the outside wasn’t quite as firm as I wanted it, so I cooked them another 2 minutes and they were ready.  You want them to be firm on the outside (but soft on the inside), but you want to be careful not to burn the bottoms.  Let these cool for about 5 minutes before eating so they can firm up a little more, and then enjoy!


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Chocolate Goo

Craving something sweet but don’t have a lot of time or just don’t want to bake something that will have leftovers to tempt you in the fridge?  I don’t know where we came up with this or why we started making it, but my sister and I used to make something we called “chocolate goo” when we were kids.  I still make it to this day when my sweet tooth starts to ache.  Below I’ve posted the original version and the “healthier” version.

 

Original

Chocolate Goo Unhealthy

Put ingredients in a bowl in this order:  1/4 cup oats, 1 heaping Tbsp peanut butter, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp Earth Balance, small handful vegan chocolate chips (I’ll the leave the amount to your discretion).  Do not stir the ingredients together; just place them in a bowl in that order and then put it in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Remove from the microwave, stir, and enjoy!

 

Healthier Version

Healthy Goo

The directions are the same as for the original recipe, but the ingredients are just slightly different:  1/4 cup oats, 1 heaping Tbsp of peanut butter, 1 Tbsp raw turbinado sugar, 1 tsp coconut oil, small handful vegan chocolate chips.

 

As you can see from the pictures, the consistency of the goo varies depending on which recipe you use, so that may be something to take into consideration when deciding which one you want to try.  Also, the “healthier” version does have a slightly different taste because of the coconut oil.  You may like that or you may not.  It’s all up to your preference, but I personally like both, and I’m telling you–this simple recipe is perfect for a quick chocolate fix.

 

I also wanted to let you know that if you read my last post about the homemade sunscreen and are wondering how it turned out, we ended up not going to the lake after all, so I haven’t made the sunscreen yet.  I’ll let you know as soon as I do!