Recipe by bluemoon downunder
The zesty flavour of fresh ginger brings out the best in this simple, super-healthy, wonderfully low-fat, sweet potato and carrot mash. This is my adaptation of a recipe I found originally on one of my International Masters 'Good for You' recipe cards, which focus on health and nutrition. I use my Vegetable Stock when making this as I know that it is low in salt! I often add sunflower seeds to recipes such as this one and have included them here as an optional ingredient. They provide added nutrition and I just love the textural variation provided by that little bit of crunch! Walnuts would also work well. And yes, I know butter is not exactly healthy, but I do prefer to use it in cooking, so when I've made this recipe, I must confess that I've used butter. If you love sweet potatoes, you may also like my Sweet Potato Mash, also very healthy but quite different from this recipe.
Top Review by Sydney Mike
I almost always leave the peel on the sweet potatoes & yams that I cook, & did so in the case of the recipe, as well! I did cut the potato into 3/4" cubes & went from there! I also processed all of the carrots & half of the potato into a smooth mixture, then used a hand masher to roughly mash the rest of the potato, & I included the optional seeds! It all came together beautifully, & was a GREAT, UNUSUAL TASTING SIDE DISH! Definitely a keeper recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Newest Zaar]
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 orange sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 2 cups salt reduced vegetable stock
- 3 tablespoons reduced fat margarine (if that's your preference) or 3 tablespoons butter (if that's your preference)
- 1 leek, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1⁄2 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Put the carrot, sweet potato, apple and stock in a saucepan over a high heat; add 2 cups of water and bring to the boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork and the liquid has reduced; cover with a lid and set aside for 10 minutes.
- Heat the margarine (or butter) in a medium-sized non-stick pan over a medium heat and pan-fry the leek for about 3 minutes or until it softens, then add the onion, garlic and ginger, stirring to make sure that the ginger is mixed through the other ingredients, cook for 2-3 minutes; remove the pan from the heat and transfer the contents of the pan together with the carrot and sweet potato mixture into a food processor and process together until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, stir through the coriander leaves (and sunflower seeds if including) and serve.