My mom made this bold proposition on Mother’s Day. While my mom has been supportive of most of my decisions in life, one thing that she isn’t particularly supportive of is my new-found passion for running. Her argument is that running is hard on the joints; more importantly, the constant exposure to the sun makes runners look older. She would rather me look like Snow White, than a fit, tanned runner.
|I might have burnt it a little (again) , but it was still yummy.|
Yet, in life, there’s a price to pay for everything, and there are risks to every activity that we engage in. Even activities that are deemed to be beneficial, can be dangerous too. I have heard about how people break their backs while practicing yoga. I told my mom I’m not ready to give up running. What I can do is to take preventive measures – for prevention is better than cure. I promised to always wear a cap and sunscreen, and to eat lots of super foods for the skin. Super foods like sweet potatoes.
Do you know that sweet potato is Oprah’s favorite food? Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C, which are necessary for skin cells turnover and collagen production. This subtly sweet side dish is a great accompaniment any Japanese meal, and is perfect in salads too. If you are as crazy as I am, you could it a huge serving on its own!
Honey-'Soy' Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Adapted from Japanese Pure and Simple
Serves 4 as a side
400g sweet potato, peeled and cubed (1-inch pieces)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp sesame oil
Pinch of salt
For the glaze:
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce / tamari sauce (if gluten free)
2 tsp of juice of grated ginger
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking tray and drizzle over the vegetable and sesame oils. Coat the sweet potatoes with the oils, using your hands; sprinkle a pinch of salt.
- Roast the sweet potatoes for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges turn crisp. Shake the tray every 15 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to the highest setting, Mix the honey, soy/tamari sauce, and ginger juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over the sweet potatoes, and grill for another 5 minutes, shaking the tray occasionally. Top with sesame seeds, and serve. Enjoy!
If gluten-free: Use tamari sauce.
Other Sweet Potato Recipes You May Like
Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries by Joy the Baker
Roasted Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad by Scandi Foodie
Kathy's Famous Sweet Potato Mash by Healthy Happy Life
Has anyone ever dissuaded you from doing something that you enjoy?