Simple Snacks: Sweet Potato Dollars

When it comes to snacks, it's so easy to reach for a bag of tortilla chips or pretzels to satisfy your stomach, especially if you're like me and have the mind set of "I want it, and I want it now." But what if we were to take a deep breath, calm down, and take the time to prepare something that would both satisfy and nourish our body at the same time? This is the mind set I am trying to adapt to right now. This is where these crisp-on-the-outside-soft-in-the-center sweet potato dollars come in; they're so easy and quick to prepare, yet packed with loads of vitamins. Did I mention that kids love them too?

Today I tried something new by adding them to my salad for lunch. Whoa buddy! As soon as I took the first bite, my taste buds were having a party. Combined with avocado, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and spinach dressed in a lemon vinaigrette, I found a new favorite salad combination. In fact, I was so enthralled with my lunch that I didn't take the time to take a proper picture! I did however manage to take one on my phone before devouring it. My apologies for the lower quality picture.

Anyway, as with most recipes, it is important to remember that you are never confined to a recipe! Try adding lemon juice to the sweet potatoes to have a sweet-tart thing going, or maybe maple syrup and cayenne pepper if you like sweet and spicy, cinnamon and honey? Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about all the flavor possibilities! Like them super crispy? Cut them very thin. Like them on the chewier side? Cut them thicker. I've given you the recipe as a canvas, now go have fun and paint your picture!

Sweet Potato Dollars

This recipe is originally from the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing Inc., Washington D.C., 2001

Makes about 4 servings

3-4 long, skinny sweet potatoes
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
3 Tbsp. olive oil
sea salt to taste

Slice sweet potatoes thinly, a little thinner than a 1/4 of an inch thick. Arrange the slices on a buttered baking sheet and brush each slice with a *mixture of the butter and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt to your liking, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. 

*If you are adding any other flavors, it is best to add them to the butter mixture before brushing the slices. 


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