Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Fresh Figs
Figs are rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants (which help lower the risk of stroke!) They also contain B vitamins that help metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Sweet potatoes are also rich in antioxidants, as well as an excellent source of vitamin B6, C and D, magnesium and iron. Our Roasted Sweet Potatoes and & Fresh Figs recipe, which combines these two food ingredients, makes for a meal promoting optimum health and wellness!
- 4 small sweet potatoes 2 1/4 lbs
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp honey
- 1 red chili thinly sliced
- 12 green onions halved lengthwise and cut into 1.5 inch segments
- 6 ripe figs quartered
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat Oven to 475 degrees. Wash the sweet potatoes, halve them lengthwise, and then cut each half again similarly into 3 long wedges. Mix with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, and some black pepper. Spread the wedges out, skin side down, on a baking sheet and cook for about 25 minutes, until soft but not mushy. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.
- Place balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer for 2-4 minutes, until it thickens. Be sure to remove the pan from the heat when the vinegar is still runnier than honey; it will continue to thicken as it cools. Stir in a drop of water before serving if it becomes too thick to drizzle.
- Arrange the sweet potatoes on a serving platter. Heat the remaining oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and add the green onions and chili. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often to make sure not to burn the chili. Spoon the oil, onions and chili over the sweet potatoes. Dot the figs among the wedges and then drizzle over the balsamic reduction. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4.
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