One of my biggest goals for this year is to continually simplify - to me, this means whittling my wardrobe down to the basics, ridding my home of countless personal care and cleaning products (and make my own concoctions instead), spend more time with myself and nature, and detach from materials I am learning to consider non-essentials.
So, when it comes to food, I have a little bit of a harder time with this. The problem (and blessing) is that I love it all. Every flavor, every ingredient, every texture, every style of cooking. My stir-fry's and pizzas often include all the vegetables available, my salads are loaded up with every ingredient in sight, and my smoothies take superfood to a whole new level when I cant stop adding them all in.
But then, I remember, the best way to enjoy a single ingredient is not to lose it in the crowd, but to allow it to shine all by itself or with a few complementary companions. Another bonus is that simple food with less ingredients is a lot easier for the body to digest. So cheers to 2016 where my life will be simple, and so will my plate!
By keeping things simple here, I was able to notice and appreciate the vibrant orange color, perfectly sweet flavor, and soft caramel-y texture and warmth of the sweet potato. A drizzle of tahini and sprinkle of salt, pepper, and sesame seeds were enough to make it mind-blowingly satisfying. (And a lil bed of spinach below, because why not? You still can't stop me from adding greens to everything.)
Whether you are a ingredient hoarder like myself, or you are intimidated in the kitchen and think you have to make something fancy, THINK AGAIN! Simplicity always wins, and I encourage you to bake a sweet potato and never look back.