Well, here’s another vegan recipe for y’all. I have to admit that these Spiralized Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Onions are one of my favorite recipes ever! My mom was pretty happy that she happened to be at our house when I made them!
Looking back over my recipes, I’ve been doing a lot of vegan food lately, and you all may be curious as to my views on veganism! I’m definitely not a vegan, but respect their choice. Based on the research I’ve done, a little meat seems to be ok, and can especially be beneficial for diabetics, because it is super low carb and high in protein. Healthwise, the problem with meat seems to be related to how much Americans eat of it! Instead of a 10 ounce portion, cut yours back to 3! I usually stick with fish and poultry, but will sometimes eat a little red meat. From what I’ve read and heard, eating a lot of meat can cause all sorts of health problems, including heart disease and cancer.
Dairy products are in the same boat as meat for me. I don’t usually skip dairy entirely, but limit it and try to eat raw, whole milk products (yah, right with kids, huh!?…I just give the boys whole milk that is hormone free). As a side note, I’ve been cutting dairy entirely out of my diet, until the congestion that’s been bugging me for the last couple of months goes away…that’s why you haven’t seen much cheese lately! Emi is also allergic to it, so my baking doesn’t use dairy.
Many vegans choose that lifestyle, because they are disgusted with how animals are treated when they are farmed. Honestly, I actually agree that this is a big problem. If you do a little research on it you’ll see what I mean. Farmers cram animals into tiny spots, stuff them full of nasty food, then treat them like inanimate objects that can’t feel pain. It is common practice for them not to use anesthetics when neutering male animals. I realize there is a lot of controversy on this issue, and both sides make valid points. After doing my research, though, I’ve decided to simply limit the amount of animal products I eat. If everyone did so we could make a huge difference on this issue, and the great part about it is that we’d actually be healthier for it! I encourage you to do your own research. The internet can’t always be trusted, but it’s a good place to start.
OK, back to the spiralized sweet potatoes. The sauce for this recipe was inspired by my new favorite flavor adding recipe book, Vinaigrettes & Other Dressings: 60 Sensational recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad. If you need inspiration to eat your veggies, buy this book! I started with “Not Yo’ Mama’s Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette,” and made some changes to help it taste just right with my sweet potatoes and onions.
Another great way to inspire both fruit and veggie consumption is to buy a spiralizer. You can certainly just cut your potatoes thinly for this recipe, or even grate them, but it is so much fun to use the spiralizer. My kids love it, and it encourages them to eat more produce. The boys spiralized apples after I finished with my sweet potatoes, and enjoyed them with cinnamon. Of course, I helped them with the spiralizer…it’s not kid safe.
Before we get to the recipe for the Spiralized Sweet Potatoes with Onions and Garlic, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.