Sometimes the best mistakes are the greatest creations. My friends invited me to a winter pot luck in October and hours before the pot luck I realized I needed to make something. Using the creativity of my pantry, I grabbed whatever ingredients I had left in my produce basket in hopes of making a delicious side dish.
And well, this side was successful. Sweet yet savory. Light but filling. The abundance of orange colored vegetables in your diet nourishes us with much-needed vitamins during the season of hibernation.
Winter produces this type of harvest for a reason. A mixture of roots with a tad of sweetness of life from a tree, here is one vegan and dairy free side dish to enjoy this winter and holiday season.
Spiritually, it's the best of both ends of a tree. Roots that are firmly grounded with branches that flow with the wind, this side dish is the integration of earth and air. I wish you a happy holiday season and best of luck this New Year.
Sweet Potato Orange + Leek Side Dish
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
5 mini or small sweet potatoes, chopped (size used in first image)
1 small leek, halved and sliced
3 carrots, halved and chopped
2 apples, chopped
1 orange, sliced
6 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and prep the produce. Place all the ingredients into a bowl, except the orange, and mix until combine. Take the ends of the orange (or one slice) and squeeze it into the bowl. Mix the ingredients again. Pour the ingredients onto a baking sheet evenly. Place the sliced oranges on top of the produce.
Bake for 25 minutes. Adjust flavors as needed.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com