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Organic Sweet Potatoes: 
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Cedar Knoll Farm & Nursery: 
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Elijay Mushrooms: 
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Healthy Hen Farm: 
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Jewell Farm: 
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Monetta Asparagus Farm: 
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Rickety Barn Farm:
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 Roasted Japanese sweet potato cubes on a serving plate.
Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes

These oven-roasted Japanese sweet potato cubes are paired with a delicious miso maple tahini dressing. They’re so easy to make, perfect for a comforting and healthy vegetable side dish! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 30 MINUTES
total time: 40 MINUTES
servings: 4
2 medium-large Japanese sweet potatoes (washed + dried)
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt + pepper, to taste
Optional garnish: fresh parsley or green onion/scallions, chopped

Miso Tahini Dressing:
1/4 cup tahini
1.5 Tbsp miso paste
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp lemon juice
2-3 Tbsp hot water

Start by preheating your oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

With the skin on, cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces.

TIP: To do this, I typically slice 1-inch rounds down the length of the sweet potato. Then I take each round and cut it into quarters (or 6 pieces, depending on how large your sweet potatoes are).

Then, place the sweet potato cubes on your baking sheet. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out in a single layer, leaving room between each piece.

Place the baking sheet in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until sweet potatoes are lightly browned and fork-tender.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, make the miso maple tahini dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste, then set aside.

TIP: I’d recommend starting with 2 tablespoons of hot water first. If you want it a bit more runny, you can add an additional tablespoon!

Remove sweet potatoes from the oven. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl. The tahini dressing can either by drizzled on top of the roasted sweet potatoes, or served alongside them as a dip. Garnish with fresh pepper and parsley/green onion as desired. Serve + enjoy hot!

LEFTOVERS & REHEATING: While best enjoyed fresh, leftovers will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.If you plan on having leftovers, I’d recommend storing the tahini dressing in a separate container (rather than drizzled overtop).You can reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop, if you want to maintain the crispy outside. If you don’t mind them being a bit softer, you can simply pop them in the microwave! 

*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS: If you can’t find Japanese sweet potatoes at your local grocery store, you can always make this recipe with the orange variety that is more commonly found in North America. That said, Japanese sweet potatoes are found in a lot of grocery stores Garlic powder can be swapped with finely minced garlic cloves or crushed fresh garlic. I’d go for about 1-2 large cloves.If you want to make this recipe without the tahini dressing, all you need are the sweet potatoes, olive oil, and some salt and pepper! Follow the roasting instructions, and then serve on their own or with dressing of choice. The miso maple tahini is just one way to enjoy them ? 

*SERVING IDEAS: Because this recipe is a source of complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes) and healthy fats (tahini dressing), I recommend serving this with some non-starchy vegetables and a quality protein to balance out your meal. Some ideas: pair with some simple seafood, like baked salmon or garlic-sautéed shrimp pair with simple meats or poultry, like grilled chicken pair with plant-based protein sources, like baked tofu or tempeh add the sweet potatoes to a salad or grain bowl + drizzle the tahini dressing overtop pair with other roasted veggies, like broccolini or cauliflower or some leafy greens, like sautéed spinach or kale 

*ADDITIONAL TIPS: Yes, you can eat sweet potato skin! It’s a great way to reap the nutrition benefits ?Need help using up the rest of the tahini or miso that you purchased for this recipe? Checkout my tahini recipe roundup and my miso recipe roundup for more inspiration!
Find it onlinehttps://www.walderwellness.com/roasted-japanese-sweet-potatoes/#recipe