This past week was nothing out of the ordinary but more of a quiet wonderful all the same. I took my daughter to her second dance class of the season. The girls are so adorable you can’t help but sit there with a smile on your face. We also checked out some local gymnastics places because my daughter is interested in that too. She has great upper body strength which she absolutely did not get from me.
Mid-way through the week my husband played in a golf tournament. He was 5 feet straight in line from winning us a boat. Can you believe it? Although we didn’t come home with a boat, we did finish the week off by planting a cute little maple tree that I hope will grow big and strong one day. In my long-term vision I see a tire swing, brightly colored leaves, and two children sitting in the trunk.
Today’s recipe is all about making healthy foods fun. Pumpkin-shaped roasted sweet potatoes are simple and delicious, with very few ingredients. This recipe is especially great for children, but can easily be jazzed up for a fall evening dinner party.
Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamins and antioxidants, and are a particularly great source of vitamin A. Sweet Potatoes are also an excellent source of beta-carotene. It is thought that serving the sweet potatoes with a fat helps the body get the full benefits of the beta-carotene, which is why the olive oil in this recipe is a great addition.
My personal favorite way to serve these healthy and delicious pumpkin-shaped sweet potatoes is over a vibrant green salad. It makes the salad look stunningly dressed for fall, and the bright orange color on top of the green backdrop is breath-taking.
I hope you enjoy this simple, fun fall dish. Make sure you check out the bonus video at the end!
Pumpkin-Shape Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with a silpat, or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into ½ inch thick rounds.
Using a paring knife, or a small pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut rounds into a pumpkin shape, making a stem, and trimming the bottom slightly. Each one will be different and unique, just like real pumpkins!
Place the sweet potatoes, spaced evenly apart on a baking sweet.
*Adult Version – Add a small sprinkling of cayenne pepper to the adult pumpkins for a boost in flavor!
Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a fork can be easily inserted into the sweet potatoes.
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With much love & gratitude,