Monday, November 21, 2011

Sweet Potato Stuffed Oranges

These 4 ingredient sweet potato stuffed oranges are always a hit at our Thanksgiving. I'm a sucker for great food presentation & these are no exception. You will definitely get some "oohs" and "aahs" if you bring this side dish to your Thanksgiving (or any holiday gathering). The best part is that they are sugar free, super healthy and perfect to give to your baby or toddler! When so much of holiday-fare is rich, full of sugar and unhealthy fats, its nice to have a fresh and healthy option to fall back on. Thank you, Mom for making these for us :)

This recipe comes from The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, who runs the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, Ca. At TrueNorth, they believe that the majority of health problems today are caused by over-nutrition, and the over consumption of animal fat and animal protein. They are a medically-supervised fasting center, where patients check-in and stay on the property until they have achieved their health goals. It's like rehab for your body. Their goal as stated on their website is:

"to help individuals regain health and thus avoid or eliminate the need for drugs
and surgery. When treatment is necessary we attempt to guide our patients to the most effective and conservative options available.
"

Ingredients
(double for a larger gathering)


4 medium-large sized yams
4 large oranges
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap each yam in foil and bake for 45 min to 1 hour depending the size of your yams. It could take as long as an hour & a half if you yams are large. They are done when a fork easily slides through the yam without giving any resistance. Remove from oven and allow to cool before peeling away skin.

Cut oranges in half and squeeze out all juice into a bowl. Scrape out remaining membranes so you are left with an orange "bowl."

In a food processor, combine the yams, cinnamon, nutmeg and about 1/2 cup or orange juice. Puree until you get a nice fluffy consistency. You may not need to add more juice, but save it for breakfast... nothing better than freshly squeezed orange juice!

Scoop out prepared sweet potatoes into your orange cups and top with fresh mint (optional) as a colorful garish.

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