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Spicy Sweet Potatoes

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt or 1/2 cup soy yogurt (for a vegan version)
1/2 to 1 cup nonfat milk (or soymilk for a vegan version)
Juice of 1/2 lime
Chipotle powder, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
Pink peppercorns, ground, to taste
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro and a honey drizzle, for garnish (optional)

1. Boil sweet potato cubes for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Drain and place sweet potatoes in food processor.

2. Add Greek-style yogurt and 1/2 cup milk and process until smooth. Check consistency and add more milk if you like, then add lime juice, and chipotle powder, sea salt, and ground pink peppercorns, to taste.

3. Transfer puree to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs and a drizzle of honey, if desired.

Recipe by Sabrina Model-Carlberg (aka The Tomato Tart)

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:12PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:11PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

2:05PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I don't like sweet potatoes. I like potatoes to taste of potatoes...not sweet.

10:28PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I like sweet potatoes... Deep fried in tempura, baked with butter & cinnamon sugar, or as a casserole, but I like with the pecans roasted. Skip the flour. But the occasional marshmallow isn't going to hurt anyone as long as you're not partaking all year around.

4:18AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful recipes...

9:08PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I like sweet potatos any way they are prepared...especially with a bit of brown sugar & butter,

6:21PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Yummy to yams and yuck to marshmellows.
I love my yams roasted with rosemary, thyme, parsley, Olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I'll pass on the marshmellows and refined sugars some people cook with their yams.

1:52PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

marshmallows are yummy not yams

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