Monday, December 3, 2007

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Teriyaki and Cilantro: An Exercise in Duh

When I write recipe posts, I usually allot myself about a week to research a dish, see what I have on hand, and give it a shot. This way, if something goes horribly awry, I have a little time to make something else. This was one of those weeks.

Initially, this post was going to be all about the awesome, world-redefining Gnocchi with Mushroom and Thyme Sauce I made last Monday. Sadly, the meal was far from awesome, and not even in the same zip code as world-redefining. The sauce (which wasn’t terrible) had its earthy appeal beaten down by the world’s worst frozen potato dumplings. (Silver Star brand, 16oz bags on sale for $1. DON’T DO IT.) Their gummy grossness was like the recent movies of John Travolta: bland, insulting, and with not enough Samuel L. Jackson. It's back to handmade gnocchi for me.

Instead of dwelling on that UTTER FAILURE OF GOOD SENSE, I moved on, settling on a backup recipe: Spicy Eggplant Puree from the Enchanted Broccoli Forest Cookbook. Thinking it would be another fabulous veggie dip, I whipped up a batch and served it to beloved guests, who were kind of "meh" about it. The puree was uninspiring at best, watery and relatively flavorless at worst. If you’re looking for an eggplant dip, CHG’s baba ghanouj is way better, if I do say so myself (and I do).

Out of options and running out of time, I settled on an old favorite o’ mine: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Teriyaki and Cilantro. Sweet and salty, it’s another choice Weight Watchers recipe, and further proof they’ve moved way beyond the Cabbage Casseroles Czarinas and Chilled Celery Logs of the old school. (Speaking of which, if you’ve never seen Weight Watchers Recipes from 1974, GO NOW. You won’t be disappointed.)

Unfortunately, the potatoes were inadvertently incinerated.

I left them in the oven a few minutes too long, and each would-be delectable piece was burned just enough to make the dish totally inedible. Instead of robust, rich orange wedges, my yams looked like tanned, wrinkled old man fingers. Tragedy. BUT, I'm going to go ahead and post the recipe anyway (with no picture - too traumatic) because I’ve made this four or five times without any problems.

Please believe me - these turn out nicely. And Friday? I will post a recipe so tongue-pleasing, even the tongueless will cry with joy.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Teriyaki and Cilantro
Makes 4 servings
Adapted from Weight Watchers.

6 T (about 1/3 cup) teriyaki sauce
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-in. chunks
6 T (about 1/3 cup) fresh cilantro
Cooking spray

1) Heat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.

2) In a medium bowl, combine teriyaki sauce and cilantro. Pour in sweet potatoes and stir to coat.

3) Place sweet potatoes on the prepped cookie sheet and roast 35 or 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. For the love of Pete, do not overcook.

Approximate Calories, Fat, and Price per Serving
152 calories, 0.2 g fat, $0.82

6 T teriyaki sauce: 120 calories, 0 g fat, $0.45
2 large sweet potatoes: 486 calories, 0.7 g fat, $1.65
6 T (about 1/3 cup) fresh cilantro: 2 calorie, 0 g fat, $0.68
Cooking spray: negligible fat and calories, $0.05
TOTAL: 608 calories, 0.7 g fat, $3.28
PER SERVING (TOTAL/4): 152 calories, 0.2 g fat, $0.82

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Jaime said...

That sounds delicious, and combines three of my favorite flavors! I'm curious about the $ calculation of the cilantro - what's the unit these are bought in, and total price for that?

(Also, as a person just cooking for herself, how well do these keep? Maybe reheated in the toaster oven rather than microwave?)

paidtwice said...

And here I was all excited I actually HAVE the enchanted broccoli forest cookbook...


the sweet potatoes sound yummy though :)

Kris said...

Jaime - I buy cilantro in $0.99 bunches, usually. This used a little more than half the bunch, and I used the remaining % for last week's Curried Sweet Potato Soup. As far as the reheat factor, I think they'd be pretty good, but not spectacular. They're akin to roast potatoes that way. Definitely fine for next-day lunch, though.

PT - I KNOW! The Boyfriend loves the book, though, so I'll definitely be trying more from it. It's pretty.

Dio said...

Sorry for the hijack ...

I can't find another way to contact you about this - this is a question about your RSS feed. I set it up at InsaneJournal recently and it has never updated. I tested your feed address in to check before contacting you (using this address: ), and got the result: "Sorry, this feed does not validate" with some info as to why not which you may be able to decipher at the site.

To see the never-updated IJ feed:
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Hope you can help. You've got a great blog!

Thanks in advance.


Kris said...

Hi Dio,

Thank you tons for the heads up. I did check Feedburner, and there are apparently a few HTML characters in my code (since I compose in Word) that make it difficult for the feeds to pick up the post. Also, I don't post my e-mail address, and it doesn't like that one bit. I'll definitely look into it further.


Daniel Koontz said...

I hate it when a new recipe disappoints me. So crushing.

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