Monday, January 14, 2013

Sweet Potato with Chai Spice and Hemp Seeds
Chai Spice Sweet Potato

One of the tricks of healthy eating is to make sure that your healthier food options are jam-packed with flavor.

As I seem to be on a sweet potato kick (like my sweet potato and carrot smoothie from last week), I thought I'd show you how you can up the flavor of a baked sweet potato and transform it into a satisfying lunch or side dish.

The secret ingredient in these mashed sweet potatoes is spiced tea or chai!

I brew up a strong cup of tea using an herbal spiced tea and use some of the liquid to mash up a baked sweet potato.  Topping this mixture with some lightly toasted hemp seeds makes for a vitamin-, fiber-, and protein-rich small dish.  It's a lovely alternative to a cup of soup or salad for lunch.

What are your tricks for adding flavor without adding stuff you don't want?

Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato
serves 1

1 baked sweet potato
1-3 tablespoons brewed spice tea, like chai 
2-4 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds

Scoop flesh from sweet potato.
Mash with a fork.
Stir in a little tea at a time until you have your desired texture.
In a dry skillet, heat hemp seeds over medium flame for 30 seconds or so; until fragrant, but not burned.
Sprinkle hemp seeds over potato.

I shared this with Gluten-free Fridays and Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

Happy Cooking!

Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.

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  1. Sweet potato and chai?!?! This is the perfect combination. Can't wait to try! :)

  2. Gabriela,
    I hope you like it as much as I do!

  3. My wife is going to be extremely impressed by "my" new found recipe. I will show her the site after I get the credit of course. :)

    I can't wait to make this. My kids are going to love it too, and they'll have no idea it's good for them.

    Thank you for putting in all of the hard work.

    All the best,

    Dr. Graeme
    Seattle chiropractor

  4. Oh, this is a fun idea! YUMMM! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week!

    Cindy from

  5. How would this be with the powdered kind of chai and some vegan margarine? Maybe a touch of brown sugar? and toasted coconut? I think I made myself drool.