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Baked Sweet Potato & Chile Wedges

May 27, 2011


If you are looking to add tons of nutrition to your dinner menu without adding expense to your budget, use sweet potatoes! Children and adults always enjoy this vitamin packed vegetable. The sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate food that is high in dietary fiber, antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and potassium. Benefits to you: stabilized blood sugar levels, healthy digestive tract, strengthened immune system, and they also strengthen your heart, lungs and muscles. Definitely a superfood.

We enjoy serving this dish with sunflower seed veggie burgers and vegetarian baked beans. Or serve along side black bean soup.

Recipe:
3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (5 to 6 large)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon agave syrup (or honey)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut each unpeeled potato into 1-inch-thick wedges. Place in a large ziploc bag; toss with oil, sea salt, and pepper. Arrange in two 13×9 foil lined pans.
2. In small bowl combine orange juice, chili powder, and agave (or honey); set aside.
3. Bake potatoes, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, brushing three times with orange juice mixture, and shaking pan occasionally.
4. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish; Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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