Maple-Chili Sweet Potatoes

This is one of our go-to side items for lunchtime. It's easy, Aila loves them and it goes with just about everything. I originally cut this recipe it out of a magazine, but my small cut-out section doesn't have the magazine name written on it anywhere. Oops. Enjoy! 


Makes 3-4 servings
Total time: 45 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes {about 3lbs}, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder {this seems like a lot, but it's light enough that my 1 year old likes them!?}
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper {when I make just 2 potatoes for the three of us, all of the potato cubes fit on a large pizza pan}. Little Trick: spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and it will, ironically, make the parchment paper stick to the pan and stay in place until you can place food on top! It would also help to cut the paper down to the size of your pan, but I never take the time. 
  2. In a large bowl, melt coconut oil on power level 5 to turn it to liquid. Mix in maple syrup, cider vinegar, chili powder and salt. Add sweet potatoes to bowl and mix until coated
  3. Spread sweet potatoes out evenly on baking sheet, only one layer thick. Feel free to pour remaining syrup mixture on top. 
  4. Roast potatoes, stirring once, until tender, about 30 minutes.

Additional Notes:

  • I used to peel the potatoes prior to dicing them before Aila had her top teeth because it was difficult for her to chew the skins. Otherwise, these potato cubes taste great with the skins left intact. 
  • I also have used aluminum foil in the past instead of parchment paper, but if I didn't have enough oil {I don't always use 3lbs of potatoes, so my ratios aren't always perfect}, it would stick to the foil and rip when I would try and stir them halfway. I have just started using parchment paper every time--less mess and never sticks.

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