Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes. Pic by M.C.

Every year my mom makes sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Although we called them yams. Something happened in the translation. So they are sweet potatoes. I think it was the garnet ones that I ate as a child. I can remember eating them in my high chair. Here is my mom’s recipe. It’s easy and literally took me twenty minutes from washing to getting the potatoes into the oven.

6 Jewel sweet potatoes
8 Tbsp. Miyoko’s butter, unsalted
6 Tbsp. Agave
3 Satsuma mandarins

Yield: 6-8 servings

Preheat oven to 400°.

Wash then peel the sweet potatoes. My mom cuts the potatoes length ways into two pieces. This time I chose to cut them so they come out round. Cut 3/4 inch slices.

Use a 10” X 13” glass Pyrex type dish. Spread out potatoes in dish. It’s okay if you need to layer the potatoes. Slowly boil the butter in a saucepan for five minutes and stir to keep it from burning. Pour the melted butter over the potatoes. The boiled butter will help candy the potatoes. Squeeze agave over the potatoes. We used to use maple syrup, which adds a candied texture. Squeeze the juice of a mandarin over the potatoes. You can use whatever variety of mandarin your store has. Peel the other two mandarins then place each wedge on a potato piece.

Cover sweet potatoes with foil and bake for one hour and ten minutes.

Cool then refrigerate. Sitting in refrigerator overnight will help the sweet potatoes to candy. We found by cooking a day ahead helps the flavors meld and the sugar to thicken. The next day reheat potatoes with foil for about 30 minutes in 400° oven.

Food for Thought:
There is a lot to be thankful for. Health is my top pick. And being an American, freedom is right up there with health. I hope you spend some time with your family this Thanksgiving if you wish. Family is starting to look a lot less crazy after watching our leaders. Ha! Also thank you for following my blog. I hope it has helped your health.

Happy Vegan!

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Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon

Vegan “Cheese” Lasagna

Vegan “Cheese” Lasagna. Pic by M.C.

Some people can’t live without cheese. You probably think the lyrics, “I’ll stop the world and melt with you,” by Modern English are about cheese. Are you still vegetarian? Why not make the change to vegan?

I would suggest vegan cheeses made from coconut or almonds. VioLife melts the best. It really melts! It’s really cheesy! But don’t go crazy. Processed food on a daily bases isn’t the healthiest. All in moderation.

Amy’s pasta sauce is yummy because she adds organic cane sugar. The sauce is gluten free too. If you don’t want sugar try Mezzetta’s roasted garlic sauce.

Vegan “Cheese” Lasagna Recipe
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pkg. (9 oz.) Jovial-organic brown rice, gluten free, no-boil lasagna pasta
2 1/2 jars Amy’s tomato basil sauce
2 pkg. Violife mozzarella shreds

Suggestion: To change up this recipe add chopped baby spinach to two of the layers.

Yield: 12 servings

You can sauté the garlic in olive oil first to cook it thoroughly. I didn’t do that this time around, which makes for a strong garlic taste. Next time I will use garlic powder.

Use a 10” X 13” glass Pyrex type dish. There are 12 noodles in the Jovial lasagna noodle box. In total use about 64-ounces of sauce and 16-ounces of cheese. It fits perfectly, making three layers and four rows. This is really easy. I didn’t even add spices since Amy’s pasta sauce already has basil in it.

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Spread sauce on bottom of dish. Place four noodles side by side covering the sauce. Sprinkle a layer of cheese. Sauce, noodles, cheese. Sauce, noodles, cheese. And then top with sauce. Cover with foil and put in heated oven. Bake for 60 minutes. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.

If you want, make garlic bread with Little Northern Bakehouse gluten free bread and a salad.

Food for Thought:
There are so many topics. Of course, they want us to talk about the fraudulent election or covaids. The funny thing is it’s only scary when I turn on the TV or get on social media. I like books because I can make up my own mind. With a visual like tel-a-vision they can thought shape you with their mind control in part because of the visual. At least with a book I can imagine in my mind’s eye and decide what I believe. Take some time to quiet your mind. Pray, read, or take a walk.

Empire Beneath the Ice by Stephen Quayle is a great read that explains why America is in a technological/space war perhaps and of course a spiritual war. I also mentioned Covid-19: The Great Reset by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret in the last post. I just started reading it among other books. For light reading, I’m enjoying The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer and even she gets into the CIA and an off shoot department. I hope your journey for the truth gives you peace of mind.

Happy Vegan!

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Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon