Really trying to switch up the ole cereal mix here. The goal here was to have sweet potato pie for breakfast, but you know, the oats in a bowl got the best of me. I also didnt really want to wait a solid 1.5 hours before eating breakfast 🙂
JK, but seriously, I neeeeed some more protein for breakfast. I know there’s all those yummy breakfast bars ‘n’ stuff out there in the market, but I need like more than 3 bites of food when I wake up. I salute you rush-out-the-door breakfast bar eaters, but I’m a slow-poke over here at 7 am.
Good thing about sweet potatoes is that quick 6-ish minute time in the microwave steaming is the perfect amount of time to get out some oats, ponder over what to wear, start the coffee, choose heels or flats, pick out a section of the paper to read, and whew is it already 7:14? Ok so clearly I’m no recipe genius over here, there are some amazing oatmeal creations out there, but the biggest thing for me is QUICKLY GET THIS FOOD READY IMMMAHUNGRYNOW. I’m not prepared enough to do overnight oats and I’m not about to saute apples in butter to top off some delicious apple pie oatmeal. Maybe on Saturday….
So! My favorite thing is with an almost rotten banana bc it removes the need for so much sugar, but basically I like to add nuts, fruit, vanilla extract and some cinnamon to flavor the milk as it boils before adding oats. Here, I cooked a sweet potato in the microwave, added half of it to some milk that I brought to a simmer with pecans, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of nutmeg and cloves. Then after adding oats I added peanut butter (2ish tablespoons) and had to add some maple syrup at the end bc I like my bfast sweet!
I love how aioli is the fancy end-all be-all name for mayonnaise+lemon juice +you-name-it. Oooo my Mom and I went to lunch a few months ago at this girly lunch place where they serve their french fries with Kalamata olive aioli. Life will certainly never be the same. I really feel a connection to someone who serves me a common menu item like french fries or toast or something and a dip that I could have SWORN I came up with. Like the time I had oatmeal pancakes with blueberry applesauce and SERIOUSLY thought the chef must have pecked through my mental legal pad of sauce ideas. Back to that kalamata aioli. Ah, salt.
These fries come from the wonderful Sarah Britton’s MyNewRoots blog and can be found here! I love her pictures and I really wish I could travel to cool places!!!! Every time I make sweet potato fries, I’m with all of you in the struggle to get to the appropriate crispyness level. I’m actually not opposed to the softer ones especially if they’ve got a good spice blend on the sweeter side, but when serving others, I feel like I should reach the definition of “fries.”
So Sarah’s recommendation to douse them in cornmeal was brilliant. These came out with a crusty layer (these CRUSTY CRUSTS I GOT, see Glozell for explanation) and really need very little seasoning. I followed her instructions closely, finding it very helpful to soak the cut strips in water. I have heard of that trick for potatoes before but never really saw it in action. Let me tell ya, after taking those potatoes out after 10 ish minutes and seeing the silt in the bottom of the bowl, I’m following the rules again next time.
Toss these guys in cornmeal, olive oil (we dont have any other ones although I heard coconut is good!), salt and pepp, and some garlic powder
There was supposed to be a yogurt sauce, but I only had mayo. So I went with it. To make the aioli, I chopped up some chives, basil, green onions, squeezed half a lemon, a clove of garlic, and some black pepper with the mayo. It was DELISH.
Oooo I thought I’d share this just for kicks. Made some dijon/balsamic roasted brussel sprouts too 🙂