The Cherry on Top
Modern lifestyle advice with a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist
High in antioxidants containing beta carotene and Vit C & B this root vegetable is supportive for the digestive system and may have beneficial effect on providing a balanced diet in reducing cancer risks.
From a TCM perspective they are sweet in taste, neutral in temperature and provide support for the stomach and spleen. Sweet potatoes are considered a 'tonic' for patients who may suffer with digestive issues. Versatile as you can use them as a mash, bake them whole or cut thinly to make a dauphinoise.
Try this latest recipe from Waitrose Food:
Smoky roast sweet potato wedges
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 3 as a side
550g (3 medium) sweet potatoes, scrubbed, each sliced lengthways into 8-10 wedges
2 tbsp sunflower or light olive oil
½ tsp hot smoked paprika
1 red chilli, sliced
1½ tbsp maple syrup
50g smoked almonds * , slivered or roughly chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Toss the sweet potato wedges with the oil and paprika; season and spread out on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook for 35 minutes.
2. Remove the wedges from the oven and add the sliced chilli, maple syrup and smoked almonds, tossing through with a spatula. Return to the oven and cook for a further 15 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and caramelised and the almonds toasted. Serve straight away.