It’s important to start small with many things in life. When I made my weigh in vlog Wednesday morning, I mentioned one of my goals for this week is to get back in the kitchen. I’ve been super lazy with cooking lately – relying heavily on eggs, sandwiches or going out for quick dinners. I’ve still been keeping pretty healthy, but cooking is something I love and want to get back to.
I had some sweet potatoes on hand and my mind was going to a tofu and sweet potato curry, but that was a little overwhelming for my entry back into the kitchen. I realized I could scrap the stove (and the tofu) all together by doing smashed sweet potatoes – in the microwave – and these turned out amazing.
With just a touch of light coconut milk, fresh ginger, and a little salt, these are absolutely delicious, flavorful, and perhaps best of all, EASY peasy. They come together in less than 10 minutes once you prep the sweet potatoes, and for 8 of those minutes all you are doing is finding something to do with yourself (like a quick post-run shower) while the potatoes cook.
And who cares if you eat them for dinner with eggs on the side? You gotta start somewhere.
Coconut Milk Smashed Sweet Potatoes
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- Yields 3, generous 1/2 cup servings for 3 PointsPlus/each
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup light coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
To start, peel and chop the sweet potatoes.
Next, place them in a microwave safe bowl and cover with cold water.
Microwave on high for 8 minutes, until soft enough to pierce with a fork. Then drain off the water and smash them with a fork.
If you’re not into lumps in your potatoes, you could also run these through a blender, food processor, or use a stick blender, but I like them with a little texture.
Next, add in the coconut milk, ginger, and salt to taste.
Stir it up with the fork until well combined.
Then pop the mixture back into the microwave for one more minute.
This makes 3 generous half cup servings at just 3 PointsPlus each, and is the perfect amount (though I could easily eat all 3 servings). The coconut milk adds just enough creaminess to the already sweet potatoes, and the ginger is the perfect complement to the flavors.