I do not know how many people saw my latest photo on Istagram, but if you didn’t, here it is. If you Instagram and don’t follow me, then what are you waiting for? In addition to a multitude of crazy things you will see, followers get sneak peaks of recipes and posts that the rest of the world does access until later when it is posted on the web. Fancy I know, but honestly I love Instagram. If you do not have an account than you should really check it out and see for yourself what all the hooplah is all about. I also think Instagram is a great way to share pictures with families and friends that may not necessarily post on Facebook 24/7. Also, if you need one more reason, then you can join the bandwagon and add filters to every picture you take. It is an addiction and I swear it make pictures look better and makes you look extra thin! 🙂
I digress, back to the picture I posted on Instagram yesterday of my husband, Ben, who was reading his new book., “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop Talking.” This is the NEW book he choose. Is he trying to tell me something?!??! Seriously?!?! I love him and I thank the powers of be everyday that this Extravert Queen Bee and this Introvert Intellectual not only found each other, but more so have stuck through the toughest and happiest of times and we can proudly say our relationship is stronger for it. We are proof that opposites attract; Paula Abdul was right!
Other than picking on my hubby, I really don’t have much to say these days about life. I have been working like a dog at work and when I come home I try to play with the kids and prepare a healthy meal and that is all before we crash out only to wake up the next morning and do it again. At night once the boys are in bed, I am supposed to be working on my military professional military education courses and yet all I want to do is BLOG! Blogging is addicting and I love it. To me the competition is fierce, write about the future of Afghanistan post 2014 and NATO’s role in this scenario or talk about my new recipe of roasted garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes to thousands of people who are trying to take the next step and eat healthy?!?!? Duh! I will always choose blogging. Again maybe one day OurFullPlate can pay the bills and it will be sufficient. Until then, I long to be one of those people who say they LOVE work and LOVE what they do. I hope one day I can accomplish that because I really enjoy helping people find easy and creative ways to live an active life and eat healthy. So until then, all I can do is save the world one recipe at a time….
And without further a do….
- 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ⅛ths with skins
- 1 large yellow or sweet onion, peeled and sliced
- 8 garlic cloves, whole
- splash of almond milk (or dairy of your choice)
- about ¼ cup of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven for 350 degrees.
- Cut the the sweet potatoes into ⅛s and rub with olive oil and sea salt. I used a generous amount of olive oil, about ¼ cup. I made sure all the potatoes were coated well. I placed them on a foil lined cookie sheet.
- Top with 1 sliced sweet onion and about 8 whole cloves of garlic. For me, the more is better when you are adding garlic to roast. Next time around I am going to roast some extra cloves and then save some in the fridge to throw in my mashed cauliflower recipes during the week when I am pressed for time and must steam them instead of roasting.
- Roast everything for 45 minutes. About half way during the cooking process, I took a slotted spoon and "turned" the vegetables making sure they were cooked evenly on all sides. Roast until all the sweet potatoes are coked through.
- Throw ALL the roasted vegetables into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. I actually tried blending it first in my KitchenAid mixer since that is hands down the only kitchen appliance I do not use in my entire kitchen. I hate to bake, so when else would I use it? Either way, while the mixer blended the sweet potatoes it did not "puree" the onions like I wanted so I plopped it all in the food processor and it did the job. Add a little dairy of your choice if the potatoes are too thick to help blend everything together.
- Prepare to fight every urge to lick the bowl clean, it is that good!
I loved this side so much I made another batch the following night and served it with my Paleo meatloaf. I have been perfecting my Paleo meatloaf for quite some time and it was perfect timing and pairing since I am almost ready to release the meatloaf recipe. Stay tuned for the juiciest meatloaf you will ever eat. Don’t forget to let me know what you think about this side!
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