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Sweet Potato Yum

Quick question; how many times a week do you eat dinner around the table as a family?

Studies have shown that eating together does so much more than just supply us with food.  It gets us off of our computers and away from our tv’s, it causes us to eat healthier foods because we know what we’re putting into our bodies, and most importantly it helps us to reconnect, listen, and talk with one another as a family unit; a concept that seems to be falling by the wayside in today’s society with our busy, over-scheduled lifestyles.

Did you know…

Statistics sourced from The Family Dinner.

I don’t know about you, but for me, those are some sobering statistics.  The only way we’re going to change them is by taking back the responsibility for our food and our families.  This is one of those topics that I feel really passionate about.  Our family has already begun to make changes that have benefited us as a family. We make it a point to always have dinner together at the same time every night, we limit ourselves to  eating fast food no more than a few times a year, and we make a concerted effort to talk to each other at dinner and learn more about the people around our table.  The rewards are so worth the effort, I promise you!

If this topic sounds as interesting to you as it does to me, then hop on over to The Motherhood today at 1pm Eastern where myself and a handful of other talented food bloggers will be  co-hosting a talk with Laurie David, author of The Family Dinner.

Laurie has put together an amazing book detailing;

I can truly say that  I was riveted from the minute I opened it and I’m sure you will be too.  I hope you’ll join us!

On to sweet potato yum.  So named because my kids took one bite of this and the first words out of their mouth were “Yum!”  Even Nicholas, my oldest, who doesn’t care for sweet potatoes gave this a thumbs up.  Now that’s saying something.  Here’s what you need to grab to make up a quick batch of this sweet potato goodness.

Ingredients Needed:

5 Sweet Potatoes, Peeled and Roughly Chopped
11/2 Cups of Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/8 tsp of Salt
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Vanilla Granola

Start out by boiling your sweet potatoes until tender; about 10 to 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are boiling mix up in separate bowl the cranberries, OJ, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.

When your potatoes are soft, put them into a 9×9 baking dish and pour your cranberry mixture over the top.

Throw your potatoes into the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Pull them out, add on the granola and let them cook for an additional 5 minutes.

And when you pull them out and serve them up, listen for that one word that will make your ears sing.  Yum!

I am linking this up to Hearth and Soul and Tasty Tuesdays.

Sweet Potato Yum

Ingredients:

5 Sweet Potatoes, Peeled and Roughly Chopped
11/2 Cups of Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/8 tsp of Salt
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Vanilla Granola

Directions:

Start out by boiling your sweet potatoes until tender; about 10 to 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are boiling mix up in separate bowl the cranberries, OJ, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.

When your potatoes are soft, put them into a 9x9 baking dish and pour your cranberry mixture over the top.

Throw your potatoes into the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Pull them out, add on the granola and let them cook for an additional 5 minutes.