I’m all about the comfort foods lately. I’m talking the big pots of chili and creamy mashed potatoes with home style biscuits. Does it seriously get any better than that?
These mashed potatoes came to be out of my love for sweet potatoes and coconut. I can’t recall if I’ve told this story before on the blog, but Grant hates coconut. He hates everything about coconut. When he was younger he was a string bean (cuuuute) but he needed to bulk up quickly for hockey. His coach suggested he drink tons coconut milk and 20 chicken drumsticks before each meal (yes, he would eat that in addition to his meals – CRAZY). Oh he bulked up alright – full fat coconut milk and dark meat will do that to you – but now he cringes when I add coconut milk to meals.
I have been dying to add coconut milk to my sweet potatoes for ages.. but I was too scared to add it and then have Grant not eat them because of the coconut. Last night I said “screw it” I’ll eat the whole batch, and I made the damn potatoes with coconut milk.
Ladies and gents, he ate them. He didn’t notice the coconut milk.
Another win for me.
Special Surprise Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Makes four servings
- 2 big sweet potatoes
- 1 cup navy beans
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp Earth Balance, vegan butter
- 2 tbsp chives, chopped
- 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp maple syrup
1) Fill a big pot half full of water and heat on high on stove top. Peel sweet potatoes and dice them into chunks. Once water is boiling, add to pot.
2) Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes. Stab a chunk with a fork and if it inserts easily they are done. Remove from heat and drain.
3) Preheat oven to 350F. Add navy beans and coconut oil to a food processor. Process for about a minute. Add sweet potatoes and process for another minute.
4) Scoop into the pot you boiled the potatoes in. Add coconut milk, Earth Balance, chives, salt and pepper, cardamom, and maple syrup. Mix well.
4) Scoop mixture into a casserole dish and cover with tin foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until top is a little crispy.
**Optional: I drizzled some coconut milk on top of mine but obviously I didn’t do this for Grants.
Sorry for my lack of posts this week! Work..again.. takes up all my time.
Toronto Blogger meet up tonight! SO excited!
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