Tag Archives: sweet potato

Pan seared sirloin tips with fennel

26 Feb

Pan fried sirloin tips with braised fennel. Sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe

This was a delicious meal and worth trying.
9 sirloin tip steaks
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Marinate the steaks in the oil, salt and pepper.
Make sure you rub this into each steak.
Heat a skillet to medium high
Place three steaks into the skillet and don’t move them
Let them sear till they are brown and then turn over.
Cook for another two minutes and place into a oven proof pan till all the steaks are done.
Place in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes.
Using the same frying pan that you cooked the steaks.
Slice 1/2 of a fennel bulb into slices.
Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper,
Sear the fennel and cook on high just until it is slightly wilted.
Serve on the steak.
I also made baked sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe
It was a pretty good meal.


Ginger Vegetable soup

2 Feb

Ginger Vegetable Soup

My friend Myra told me about this soup and I thought it sounded weird. OMG it is delicious. It almost has an Indian flavor without the curry. The ginger is a great flavor and everything else blends together.

2 Tablespoons olive oil

One pound of boneless chicken, pork, shrimp or lean beef

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cloves minced garlic

1 rounded tablespoon minced fresh ginger  Only use fresh.

1 large diced onion

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon dry coriander

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar

4 cups chicken broth

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

2 diced carrots

1 can drained diced potatoes

1 diced sweet potato

1 cup red lentils

12 ounces baby spinach

Sour cream


Chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a soup pan.

Add the diced meat, salt and pepper.

Cook five to ten minutes until the meat is cooked.
Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook another five minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Cook for 5 minutes.

Add all the spices including the sugar. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the broth and tomatoes

Bring to a boil.

Add the lentils.

Cook till the vegetables are soft.

Add the spinach and cook till it is wilted.

Garnish with the sour cream or yogurt and the cilantro.

Use diced tomatoes with green chili if your like a spicy kick. I did and it was great.

The original recipe called for chicken but I used leftover pork and next time I will try making it without meat.

Eliminate the meat and use vegetable broth for a true vegetarian soup.

Sweet Potato Soup

20 Jan

Sweet Potato Soup

This is a delicious creamy soup for a cold winter day.

3 extra large sweet potatoes

2 medium white potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 large chopped onions

3 chopped carrots

1 stalk chopped celery

3 cloves garlic

1 cup red or white wine

6 to 8 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 cup half and half or cream

1/4 cup brown sugar

Microwave the sweet potatoes and white potatoes  till a fork can pierce them. You can also boil them with the teaspoon of salt.

Set aside.

Cook the onions, carrots, celery, garlic in the oil till soft

Add the wine and cook till it is at least 1/2 evaporated

Add the inside if all the potatoes, brown sugar and the chicken stock. Do not use the skin.

Puree with a blender till it is nice and smooth

Add the cream and salt and pepper.

I served it with dots of sriracha sauce and a sausage sandwich.

This is another takeoff from Saveur Magazine.

Sweet Potato Chicken Patties

7 May

Sweet Potato Chicken Patties


I am tired of the same old stuff so I became the mad scientist yesterday.

I had some ground chicken and it looked so boring so I started to mix things together.

One pound of ground chicken

2 eggs

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

2 tablespoons diced red pepper

One large diced onion

2 cloves diced garlic

2 tablespoon oil plus more for the frying

One large leftover diced baked potato

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons balsamic mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sriracha sauce.

1/2 box sweet potato pancake mix

Saute the onion, potato and garlic in the oil and cook till soft. Take off the heat.

Add the chicken, eggs, parsley, red pepper, cheese ,salt and pepper, mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.

Do not over mix or it will turn to mush.

Make into twelve patties.

Coat with the sweet potato mix crumbs until they aren’t sticky any more.

Fry in medium hot oil till light brown but not cooked all the way .

Finish baking in the 350 degree oven for 25 minutes

Place a slice of Hoffman cheddar on each patty.

Serve on a soft roll with sriracha mayonnaise on each side, lettuce,

red onion, avocado slices  and a splash of lime on the avocado.

Sweet pickles on the side with a handful of berries.

The sweet potato crumbs make a crunchy crust and has a sweet taste.

I am going to try the crumbs on pork chops.

If you don’t want to have a sandwich, serve the patties on top of a fabulous salad.

Siracha Mayonnaise is; one tablespoon sriracha and two tablespoons mayonnaise.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

1 May

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

I found different versions of this recipe everywhere.

I like mine the best.

Don’t be afraid to use whatever vegetables you have in the refrigerator.

2 large diced, peeled sweet potatoes.

One large diced red pepper.

3 cloves of minced garlic.

One diced large onion.

1 can of drained corn(optional).

1/2 of a seeded, minced jalapeno pepper.

One diced avocado.

1/2 chopped red onion.

Zest of one lime plus the juice of half a lime.

One tablespoon of honey.

One can of rinsed and drained black beans.

1/2 cup chopped cilantro.

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.

3 diced scallions.

One can of drained Rotelle tomatoes(optional).

3 tablespoons olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Mix the potatoes, peppers and garlic with 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Roast until the sweet potatoes are cooked.

Mix everything together in a big bowl and gently toss.

Garnish with fresh parsley.

I have been making different versions of this for years.

Sometimes I add fresh celery, roasted eggplant, fennel, zucchini or broccoli.

Feta cheese is delicious with all the vegetables.

This salad is never a leftover for long.

Great to take to the beach with pita chips.