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Easy Sweet Potato and Spinach Lunch

February 7, 2012

Happy February!

Still NO snow here for us in North West CO, despite the pounding on the Front Range. So I am taking advantage of the lack of winter and the mediocre ski slopes not by skiing but by taking part on other activities. Like swimming and biking. Since the roads are clear I decided it was time to whip out the road bike and save some gas. I also decided to make February a month of getting back towards a more healthy living trend. All that winter beer and ski-time partying and my refusal to be part of a gym has not proved lucrative to my happiness or my bank account. So, I joined the gym (and the masters swimming group) and vowed to attempt to be a little more conscious of my diet and my budget.

Thus, in an attempt to eat more veggies, and to save the ones in the fridge from perishing, I made this sweet potato/spinach conglomeration for lunch today. Its great because it can be altered however you’d like, more garlic/less garlic more onion or spinach etc. Plus, it is filling and a nice warm and light lunch that feels really hearty.

Spinach and Sweet Potato Mash:

1 Sweet potato

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp crushed garlic (i used the jar kind)

1/4 onion

2-3 Handfuls of spinach

Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil in skillet, add crushed garlic and onion and cook until onions are translucent. Add spinach and spices and cook until spinach is wilted. Usually I end up adding more spinach because once it wilts its about 1/8 the size of the handful you added. Cook sweet potato by either baking (which takes a long time) or microwave it. To microwave, rinse and poke holes in potato with fork. Wrap in a damp cloth or place into a steamer and microwave for 6-8min, checking for done-ness around 4 min. Cut potato open, top with spinach, Parmesan cheese if you want and, of course there is always hotsauce.

I recently learned the healing/cleansing properties of onions and garlic, so I have decided you can never have too much of these two. I also happen to love them. If you don’t prefer their taste, feel free to leave them out and saute the spinach in some olive oil with a little extra cinnamon. Mmmmmm. This is just an excellent lunch as it packs in a lot of great vitamins and it is pretty hearty without zapping all of your energy for the afternoon via food coma.

The cats on the other hand…well, they like their comas…

Enjoy!

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