Tonight, however, I duplicated last night's meal.
It was just that good.
The dish that I had to have again? Sweet Potato Saag.
As you may have noticed, I've been on a sweet potato kick for quite some time. I think it was spurred by the cleanse, since sweet potatoes are a great alkaline source of carbohydrates. When cooked, they're so luscious and generously sweet. I love how they almost melt in my mouth. Besides being so darn toothsome, sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A, which probably doesn't come as a surprise with its orange flesh. But did you know they also contain iron and vitamin C? Iron in foods doesn't get absorbed by our bodies as efficiently without vitamin C, so this is nature's way of ensuring that you're getting the full benefit. How can I not eat this tuber in large amounts?
I've also been eating a load of spinach. My inner Popeye has busted out, on account of the cleanse too. I've been putting spinach in my morning smoothies and eating it raw in salads. Spinach is ridiculously full of vitamins and minerals. It even has a bit of essential fatty acids in it! Pretty crazy.
So, there I was, with two ingredients and a meal to make. I took a bit of inspiration from a dish that I know I've seen at an Indian restaurant, but I'm not sure exactly where -- Saag Paneer. Saag is any spinach (or mustard green) dish that is cooked down to a soft creaminess. Paneer is a cheese full of flavor and texture, similar to cottage cheese, but more solid. I decided that Sweet Potato Saag sounded tempting -- and, instead of paneer, I topped Andrew's with a heaping spoonful of herbed goat cheese.
Sweet Potato Saag
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 cups water
- 1 large sweet potato, weighing about 1 lb, chopped
- 8 oz fresh baby spinach
- additional veggies of your choice -- I chose sugar snap peas and broccoli
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- a pinch of cayenne
- a heaping spoonful of goat cheese, if desired
Stir in the goat cheese and let it melt and get all heavenly. I served this meal over quinoa, which held up really nicely alongside it.
I could eat this every day. Good thing I'm stocked up on my ingredients!
Do you have a meal that you just can't get enough of?
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