Harissa Sweet Potato with Spicy Tomato-Basil Salsa (V, GF)
Statement number one: I am obsessed with sweet potato. Statement number two: spicy tomato-basil salsa is a good idea. Statement number three: combine these two and you will dedicate an entire page in your recipe book to this dish! It is a dream come true, a combination of fresh, colourful foods and spice. I recommend making this full-heartedly and urge you to take a good look at these photos below so that you write sweet potato on today’s shopping list. Will this mission succeed? Let’s scroll down and find out.
these potatoes truly are sweet
This starchy, root vegetable is not a regular potato, no, it is a sweet one! As you could maybe already tell from its vast orange colour, sweet potatoes are very rich in antioxidant beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A by your body. Vitamin A is great for your eye health, skin repairment and healthy functioning of your white blood cells that play a crucial role in your immunity. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are only minimally lower in carbohydrates (~24% in 100g as opposed to 37%). However, they provide us with steady, slow-burning energy as well as a carb-variety – let’s keep it diverse. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber which supports your digestion and creates a long-lasting feeling of being full. They contain a good variety of vitamins other than vitamin A (such as B vitamins and vitamin C) as well as minerals including iron, selenium and calcium. Per 100g, sweet potatoes contain about 4.2% sugar, which makes them rather sweet in taste. To me, that’s just a bonus because it means that I can put them into sweet treats as well, such as sweet potato brownies which I will soon post about so stay tuned! Right, are you guys ready to cook? Because I sure as hell am!
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Total Time: 40 min
For this recipe you will need:
1 sweet potato, quartered
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp harissa
salt and pepper
For the spicy tomato-basil salsa:
10 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 spring onions, roughly chopped
1 cup fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC on fan mode and line a tray with baking paper.
- Place the quartered sweet potato on the baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Add harissa, salt and pepper and evenly spread across the sweet potato pieces. Place the tray in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the spicy tomato-basil salsa. In a food processor, combine the cherry tomatoes, chilli, olive oil, salt, pepper, spring onion and basil leaves. Blend on high until the consistency turns liquidy yet still chunky. Place in a small serving bowl and set aside.
- After 30 minutes, remove the sweet potato from the heat and serve on a plate. Top with the salsa and some freshly chopped basil.
- Enjoy this beautiful meal, you deserve it!