Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes

 Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes: These are the best roasted sweet potatoes ever! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #sweetpotatoes

Do your weekday menus include fancy side dishes?

My answer...a big, fat NO...should surprise no one,

I'm happy if I can get an entree together for dinner.

My go-to side dishes usually involve roasting anything and everything...

asparagus
broccoli 
brussel sprouts
cauliflower  
white potatoes
red potatoes
sweet potatoes
string beans

You name it...and I've likely tossed it with some olive oil,  salt and pepper, 
and popped it into the oven to roast.

But sometimes...just sometimes...I'll go the extra mile 
to make something a little more exotic.

In the case of these Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes,
I didn't have to go anywhere close to an extra mile...
in fact, all I had to do was take three extra little steps,
to serve up something super-delicious:

1. Grate lime zest.
2. Squeeze a lime.
3. Chop cilantro. 

Minimum effort, for a maximum return.
These are definitely THE BEST roasted sweet potatoes I've ever had. 

Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes: These are the best roasted sweet potatoes ever! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #sweetpotatoes
I've had this recipe for awhile...
it came from the December 2013 issue of Real Simple,
and true to the magazine's claim, the preparation was real simple.

It involved the usual tossing with olive oil,
and seasoning with salt and pepper,
plus a 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest.
After roasting, the potatoes are mixed with some lime juice and cilantro.
As a co-worker always says...
Hutz, Mutz, Clutz...they're done!

Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes: These are the best roasted sweet potatoes ever! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #sweetpotatoes

The original recipe calls for four sweet potatoes,
but I used three (I'm on a diet, ha-ha, remember?)
They would be a lot prettier if I cut them into wedges,
like they did in the magazine,
but when I tried to slice the potatoes in half, length-wise,
I had a hard time.
I like my fingers, so rather than fight it, I cut the potatoes in half width-wise, 
and then cut each half into eighths. 
The original recipe also said they would be crispy after 15-18 minutes...
I had to roast mine about 23 minutes until they were nicely browned. 
So take the roasting time with a grain of salt (and some pepper and lime zest!), 
and use your judgment as to when they are done.
You really can't screw these up...
unless you undercook them and serve them when they're still hard, 
or burn them to a crisp. 
I, of course, have never of done either of those two things. 
Not. Ever. 

Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes: These are the best roasted sweet potatoes ever! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #sweetpotatoes
 

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Lime and Cilantro
 
3-4 sweet potatoes, cut into thin wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil and lime zest. 
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast on rimmed baking sheet in a 425°oven, turning once or twice, until golden brown, about 18-23 minutes. 
Toss with lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Serve warm. 

Lime-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes: These are the best roasted sweet potatoes ever! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #sweetpotatoes
How did the family like them?
Generally, when I make a baked sweet potato,
Mr. Goo Shoes and I split one. 
However, Mr. GS ate about two-thirds of these 
(the equivalent of two potatoes - don't tell him - he has no idea).
I kept hoping he wouldn't eat them all, 
so that I'd have some left over for a snack the next day, 
but...no dice.

 G-G-G-Gone.

Keeping with full disclosure, Junior Goo Shoes wouldn't give them a try, 
once he saw "that green stuff" on them. 

Had no one been looking, 
I could have easily eaten all of the sweet potatoes, myself.
They were that good.
Woulda, coulda, shouldn'ta... 
because that would be piggish, and I'd never fit into any of my clothes.

20 comments:

  1. Like you, I will roast just about anything. I'd never have thought of this combo though. It looks good enough for guests.

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  2. Amy I have a recipe somewhere similar to this that I've never tried. Putting it on my menu list now though. I think mine called for the same things but added chopped jalapeño. Do you think that would be good in it or not? One son who does Paleo depends on sweet potatoes for a lot of his meals so I know he would love this one.

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  3. Hi Amy wow these sweet potatoes sure look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Julie xo

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  4. They look great--I should be on a diet but am having a hard time motivating. These look healthy and great, though! Perhaps I will make a small amount of these too (or even go really crazy and make the recipe with butternut squash to be extra diet-y)

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  5. Lime and Cilantro ... go so well together.

    Your food photo's look great - thanks for sharing.

    All the best Jan

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  6. Lime and Cilantro ... go so well together.

    Your food photo's look great - thanks for sharing.

    All the best Jan

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  7. When I see lime and cilantro no matter what's it's on I have to check it out! So these do sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. always looking for a new way to spice up our boring sides! cilantro and lime are the best combo, too :) pinning!

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  9. Yum, yum and yum! Yes, sweet potatoes take forever to roast! Thanks for the heads up and the recipe!

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  10. Mmmm, these sweet potatoes look really good! I'll have to give them a try, maybe with a sprinkle of chili powder - I love the combo of lime & chili :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  11. These look delicious Amy!!! Lime and Cilantro are my secret weapons - I must try these!! Pinned!

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  12. Sweet potatoes are my favorite potato! I love them baked with butter and cinnamon sugar. However, your version looks very good too. I've never seen them prepared that way. I may give these a try. Your son sounds like mine regarding the green stuff on them. He would be the same way!

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  13. Ok, now I'm in a quandry...I was going to make a sweet potato dish for this weekend (our RV trip) and bought all the ingredients today and now I see this! Your blog is dangerous ;).

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  14. The kind of side dish I love: makes an impression and takes only a few minutes? Perfection!

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  15. I usually make sweet potatoes the same old way, with some brown sugar, butter and orange juice. I am going to try this !! Adding sweet potato and lime to the shopping list! :)

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  16. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. Those look pretty wonderful to me! I love roasting veggies, so simple! And I like the lime and cilantro additions. Yum!

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  18. This sounds so good! I definitely will try this recipe.

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