Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Maple Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | January 7, 2013

Sweet Potatoes

As a firm believer in the idea that vegetables never need to be smothered in butter and sugar to be palatable, I usually try to bring healthy and delicious veggie-full dishes to holidays and family functions to win over all of the skeptics in my life. And then there were these sweet potatoes, which, being smothered in a maple espresso bourbon sauce, are quite the indulgence yet are worth every calorie.

I may or may not have eaten half a batch on Thanksgiving and am still ruing the fact that I didn’t keep them all to myself.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Dressing Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | December 10, 2012

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Photo: Joanne Bruno

I’ve been focusing a lot on salad consumption lately to get me through the few weeks in-between one holiday season and another with my skinny jeans still intact. Don’t get me wrong, my days are still dotted with cookie consumption, but I like to think I’m evening it all out by devouring a plate full of veggies on a daily basis.

My favorite salads are the kinds where each bite is filled with bursts of flavor and texture, not just plain old lettuce, forkful after forkful. Case in point – this roasted sweet potato salad, which is hearty, healthy and satisfying all in one. It has a hint of heat and tang from the jalapeno-lime dressing that makes the sweet potatoes and bell peppers taste all the more vibrant, while the black beans ground the salad, adding protein and heft. This is definitely the kind of salad you’ll look forward to eating day after day, so much so that you won’t even miss the cookie excess. Pinky swear.

Photo: Joanne Bruno

Adapted from Mark Bittman

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others


Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

By Kristen Braswell | February 23, 2012

Photo: Cinnamon Girl Recipes

Photo: Cinnamon Girl Recipes

Winter will be behind us before we know it, but, no matter the season, soup is always a filling and flavorful option. Sweet potato and black bean soup is not only hearty, it’s also chock-full of healthy ingredients.

Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin D, B6 and C, which all aid in healthy immunity and strong bones. They also contain beta-carotene, which aid in the glowing skin that many of us seek during the colder months. Black beans are rich in protein and fiber. What I love most about this soup is the balancing of flavors; the sweetness of the sweet potato paired with the tartness of cumin-flavored beans sit in a peppery brew. Perfect as a cold day’s remedy! Read More


Vegan Mexican Lasagna

By Aine Carlin | September 12, 2011

Photo: Aine Carlin

Photo: Aine Carlin

I might just go out on a limb and exclaim that Mexican is the greatest cuisine of all time. Personally, I’d be happy to live on a diet on of beans and tortillas. Add a spritz of lime and a decent sprinkling of cilantro to bring things alive and you have total perfection on a plate.

Even if you think I’m exaggerating and vehemently disagree, I’m sure you’ll concede that a Mexican Lasagna sounds insanely delicious. A Mexican version of a classic Italian dish, minus the pasta and, of course, minus the meat and cheese. Read More

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