Monday, November 1, 2010

Vegan MoFo 2010 Day 1 and Purple Sweet Potatoes

It is the first day of November and the first day of the vegan MoFo challenge 2010. As promised, I am going to try and get 20 blog posts in November about vegan food. Many will be restaurant reviews. To add a bit of excitement, I'll also take pictures of the food we make or tell you about awesome vegan products we have tried.

Let the MoFo begin!

I am not the biggest sweet potato fan. I like them alright, but I never order them intentionally or seek them out. I like regular potatoes so much more. There are sweet potatoes almost every week at our farmers market because they are always in season in this part of NC. John really loves them, so I try to think of ways that I will eat them and enjoy them. He can enjoy a baked potato on its own. I can't but I know I should eat them because they are also excellent sources of vitamin A, C, calcium, and potassium.

A week or so ago, we found purple sweet potatoes. I was excited about the color and agreed to get some to incorporate into a meal. We decided to make purple sweet mashed potatoes. We got to work cutting and peeling our North Carolina grown sweet potatoes.

The color was so rich, that it was hard not to be excited about the end result. They are purple, they have to taste good. Right?

We boiled them until soft and then mashed them with some vegan earth balance, vegan soy sour cream, almond milk, and pepper. Alongside the mashed potatoes, we made a large salad with red leaf lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, red bell peppers, sunflower seeds, and GF goddess dressing. We also sauteed lemon pepper tempeh to serve on top of the mashed potatoes.

The result was a colorful, vitamin rich, and tasty meal. I enjoy sweet potatoes made this way! Wouldn't this be a fun and colorful meal for a child? Try it on your kids!


Hannah said...

Ah ha, so you've discovered the magic of purple sweet potatoes too! I really must get more... They are such a treat. Although just a warning, I've discovered that they go bad MUCH faster than any other tuber or root vegetable I've ever seen. Literally one week will pass and they'll suddenly be covered in fuzzy mold. Good thing they're so tasty, it isn't hard to eat them up quickly!

VeggieAmanda said...

Good tip about eating them up quickly. White and orange sweet potatoes can last several weeks.

GiGi said...

Happy Vegan Day! The mashed purples are so pretty.

Jenny said...

Looks delicious!

VeganCraftastic said...

I really need to try those, I love colorful (and delicious) veggies!