Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with cherries and walnuts

This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I cannot emphasize to you how delicious and easy this is. I planned to have leftovers, but not a single piece was left in the bowl despite making two batches.

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Step one: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Step two: Arrange potatoes in an even layer in a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.

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Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step three: Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook for 30 minutes. Add walnuts and cherries and stir. Cook for 15-20 more minutes.


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Vegetable: Asian Broccoli

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This side dish is very easy to make. I often do the same exact thing for fresh green beans in the summer.

You will need:

  1. Broccoli
  2. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 1 tsp sesame oil
  4. 1 tbs soy sauce
  5. 1 tbs sugar

First, I steam the broccoli and then set it aside.

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I combine 1 tbs of soy sauce and 1 tbs of sugar, and set that aside.

Next, I cook a clove or two of garlic in about a tsp of sesame oil.

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When it is browned, I add the broccoli back in.

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After a 2 minutes or so, I coat it with the soy sauce/sugar mixture and serve.

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