So I’m back at school and trying to eat healthy in earnest. I’m sure you all know the struggle…you want healthy food, but a) it doesn’t exist on campus, b) you’re poor, c) you don’t have the time to cook it, and sometimes d) there is no place to cook it. So in my two and a half years here at OSU, I’ve learned to get clever with my microwave cooking skills and developed this little gem. The ingredients are available on campus (gotta use that meal plan!) or are generally inexpensive at my local supermarket. So here is my favorite go to on a cool winter day! Sweet Potato Mash!
Sweet Potato Mash
A super simple microwave meal that is a perfect guiltless comfort food on a cool day.
-1 medium sweet potato
-1 tsp. ghee, butter, or olive oil
-a sprinkle of cinnamon, gingerbread spice, or any spice of your choice
-1/8th cup currants, raisins, or some other dried fruit
-2-3 dried apricots, cut or torn into smaller pieces
-1/8th cup walnuts or other nut of your choosing
- Stab the sweet potato many times all around before setting in the microwave. Microwave for increments of 1 minute and 30 seconds before rotating the sweet potato and cooking it for another 1 minute and 30 seconds. Repeat until soft and mushy. Usually my potatoes cook after three intervals but it may take four.
- Carefully remove the potato from the microwave, cut it open and remove the insides. Discard the skin.
- Add a light sprinkle of your ghee/butter/oil, selected spice, currants/raisins, apricot, and walnuts. Stir and enjoy!
A warm sweet potato is a wonderful canvas for all sorts of flavors! Try a variety of dried fruits and nuts! Overall, this is a super flexible meal, so use whatever you have available.