First of all, let's talk about my bullshit blood sugar. I don't technically follow a Glycemic Index diet, but I probably should. The longer I pay attention to what I'm putting into my body, the more I realize I just can't eat shit like white potatoes, white bread, refined sugar, etc., because it makes me feel like TOTAL CRAP. It's the day after thanksgiving and I'm walking around feeling all trembly and shitty like I'm getting over a bout of food poisoning, when in reality all I did was gorge myself on green bean casserole and potatoes all night. And pie.
So, that doesn't mean I'm going to turn into some persnickety high-maintenance eater who shows up at a diner asking for gluten and soy free pancakes, it just means that after last night's excess, I fully understand why I have been working so hard to be careful about what I eat.
WITH ALL THAT SAID, THESE MAPLE & BROWN SUGAR GLAZED SWEET POTATOES WERE THE BOMB.
I was at Trader Joe's the other day (HAW HAW) and they were giving out free samples of some prepacked version of this stuff, and I thought it was tasty, so I decided to try to make it myself. It was really easy, dude.
In a small saucepan on low heat, warm up a generous glug (about 1/4 of a cup?) of maple syrup, a whole stick of butter (melt it in the syrup, duh), a good sized handful of brown sugar, a really conservative pinch, really just a little dusting, of cinnamon, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Toss over some cubed sweet potatoes and roast in a pre-heated 425ºf oven until fork-tender. (note: I didn't roast these potatoes in the dish shown above, although that is an oven-safe dish. I roasted them in shallow cake pans so they'd cook evenly. I just transferred them to the pretty container for serving.) Top with some toasted pecans if that's your bag (as you can see, it's mine) and serve on the side of a deliciously gluttonous meal that is guaranteed to make you feel like shit in the morning.
I MEAN SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS, I DIDN'T EVEN DRINK ANY ALCOHOL.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go whip up my recovery dinner- lightly steamed vegetables over brown rice with a poached egg and some lemon wedges. Leftovers be damned. (J/k I had a leftover turkey sandwich for lunch already, duh)
Friday, November 27, 2009