As a child I was not fond of yams or sweet potatoes. Not even my Nonie’s special yams topped with marshmallows could convince me to eat this vegetable. And I was one of those odd kids that really liked my veggies.
It was my Aunt Judy that first convinced me to try her Sweet Potato & Apple Bake. I was instantly hooked. (Sidebar: My trust in Auntie Judy ran deep for a number of reasons- (1) she bought me my first pair of high heels in the 6th grade, and (2) while spending the weekend with my Auntie Judy and my Uncle Joey I watched my very first episode of SNL.) While you may be finding this TMI on my childhood, there is a point to this story. Today this food that I once hated and now love, is one of the small ways I am reaching out to try to help others in need. Curious?
If you don’t know ONE, it is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization, co-founded by Bono, that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. ONE wants to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support smart policies to effect positive change.
I have joined forces with some of my favorite foodie bloggers to help support ONE’s Thrive campaign. Thrive is drawing specific attention to hunger and the mascot for the campaign is the ever faithful sweet potato! Its nutritional impact and its ability to grow in many places is literally saving lives.
Help me take action to make a difference by doing the following:
1. Go to ONE.org to add your voice to protect the Federal budget for foreign aid (less than 1% of the overall budget!)
2. Sign the ONE.org nutrition petition here.
Lovely Sweet Potato & Apple Bake
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 1/2 TBS unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground allspice
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings
2 TBS maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes on a piece of aluminum foil and roast approximately 1 hour or until they can be easily pierced with a fork. Allow to cool slightly.
Trim the ends of the sweet potatoes and pull off the peels; slice into 1/2-inch rounds.
Butter a 9x13x2 casserole dish with half the butter. In a bowl, stir together the allspice,cinnamon, and ginger. Arrange half the apple rings and sweet-potato rounds in alternating layers in the dish; sprinkle with half the spice mixture and half of the maple syrup. Layer the rest of the apples and sweet potatoes, ending with the apples. Sprinkle the remaining spices and drizzle the syrup. Dot apples with the rest of the butter.
Cover and bake approximately 45 minutes until the apples are very tender.
Need more delicious Sweet Potato recipes? Check out these lip smacking posts from a great list of foodies:
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos from This Week for Dinner
Truffle Sweet Potato Frites from Savory Sweet Life
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Stew from Chefdruck
Honey Sweet Potato Biscuits from Food for My Family
Sweet Potato Burgers from Cutie Booty Cakes
What’s Gaby Cooking and Sweet Potato Day
The Mission List and Sweet Potato Day
World Moms Blog and Sweet Potato Day
Go Graham Go and Sweet Potato Day
Cranberry Sweet Potato Crumb Cake from Barbara Bakes
Bourbon and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes from Boston Mamas
Documama and Sweet Potato Day
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding from Eat the Love
Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potatoes and Sausage from Kitchen Gadget Girl
Sweet Potato Love To Help End World Hunger from Love That Max
Celebrating Sweet Potato Day with Mom Trends
Sweet Potato Chili from Righteous Bacon
Cooking Sweet Potatoes for Picky Eaters from Rookie Moms
Sweet Potatoes and Global Health from Third Eye Mom
Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Kielbasa ONE Skillet Bake from Tickled Red
Sweet, Dude, Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash from Helen Jane
Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin from Non-Reactive Pan
Sweet Potato Fries from When You Wake Up a Mother (also found on Million Moms Challenge)