recent yummy eats, Japanese sweet potatoes & recipes links


Lots of good food going on lately!

I made a version of my three ingredient pancake a few times this week, adding blueberries as it cooked along with cherries and Skoop B-Strong for added protein.

I am very into cherries right now! I do have a slight allergy to raw cherries but so long as I heat them up/mix them with other ingredients, I don’t feel a reaction.

three ingredient pancake

I had this veggie burger platter over the weekend which sparked my craving for Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers all week!

I am pretty sure that this veggie burger, which I had at my friend’s pool club, was a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger and the same type that I have in my freezer.

I ordered the veggie burger over a salad and then topped it with guacamole. It was perfect to eat by the pool. Not too heavy in the stomach yet satisfying.

veggie burger

Although Panera still refuses to make me the former secret menu power hummus bowl, I am surviving with their barbecue chicken salad (no chicken, adding tomatoes and avocado).

salad from panera

Yesterday though, while working from Panera, I was so super starving that I had to leave to satisfy my appetite at the Whole Foods food bar. When I am that hungry, a Panera salad isn’t going to cut it.

They had plantains yesterday which made my day! I am pretty sure I took a little bit of everything vegetarian available at the food bar.

whole foods food bar

Let’s talk Japanese sweet potatoes. There are so many varieties of sweet potatoes filed under the name Japanese sweet potato depending upon where you are and what store you find them. Purple, white and red sweet potatoes are considered varieties of Japanese sweet potatoes.

ShopRite just lists my favorite sweet potato variety as a red sweet potato. There is no mention of it being a Japanese sweet potato.

I have learned that the reddish/slightly purple-skinned sweet potato with the starchy yellow flesh is my absolutely favorite sweet potato. It has a starchy texture to it and roasts really well without getting mushy at all.

ShopRite sells the red sweet potatoes at a price of two for three dollars. I typically select the most giant sweet potatoes to get the best value for the price even if it means one potato is the size of three typical potatoes! It never goes to waste.

red sweet potatoes

Red sweet potatoes are starchier than a traditional orange sweet potato, still slightly sweet but not as sweet. I had these roasted sweet potato wedges for dinner the other night with mashed chick peas and avocado over a simple salad.

I  think I could easily eat this meal every night this summer.

roasted japanese sweet potatoes with chickpea avocado mash

I am definitely on a Ralph’s Ices kick which hasn’t been a trend for me in years. I am loving the chocolate graham marshmallow and always get a scoop of candy bar fudge too because that was my original favorite flavor back in the day. When I say back in the day, I am going back to 1999 when I first started eating Ralph’s ices.

ralphs ices

Back to Meal Planning?

My son has two more weeks of baseball camp before leaving for sleepaway camp for the second summer session! I am trying my best to make more dinners at home lately rather than let him talk me into going out for dinner as much as he has been.

I am keeping things simple and basic though, as usual really, because I don’t really enjoy getting too creative or involving too many ingredients when it comes to cooking dinner.

Aside from making steak and chicken for my son next week, I want to make my Copycat Cheesecake Factory Salad bowls again too. They are really easy to throw together at home!

Laura and I have also decided to do a little recipe challenge which we will talk more about next week! We are both on a major veggie burger kick and are determined to make our own. I am excited about this because it will help me to get more involved in the kitchen, actually making some of the recipes I have been pinning.

I came across a few good-looking (easy) recipes this week that may interest you:

Southwestern Chopped Salad

Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad with Quinoa

17 Meatless Ways To Use Zucchini

Peanut Butter Swirl Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Have a great weekend!
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  1. says

    I’m eating those sweet potatoes at this very moment! They’re my favorite too and yes they’re called different things depending where you are. At the Asian market there are two varieties and one is labeled Korean, I can’t remember what the other one is but the only difference I can tell is that one is bigger. So, I guess they’re of Asian origin, lol 🙂
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  2. Lizzie says

    I am absolutely OBSESSED with Jap sweet potatoes. I literally have one every night with dinner. Last night I had an orange sweet potato for the firs time in a few weeks and I was NOT about it… It was slimy and just not good… Jap for the win! I love how dry/dense they are and sweet. I can only find them at Whole Foods. The market down the street from me has them occasionally but not good sizes. No shame for eating one 3x the size of a normal one.

  3. says

    I loveeee Japanese sweet potatoes! And that “ice” looks so amazing – super creamy?! I usually don’t like Italian ice and go straight to ice cream but that’s a whole different story!

  4. says

    The amount of sweet potato options is crazy, although pretty cool.

    I am sad you can’t have raw cherries. I have been downing them like there’s no tomorrow. Seriously, I don’t even know how my stomach is keeping up with my consumption.

    I have making veggie burgers on this weekends to do list. I hope it happens. Cross those fingers for me. 🙂
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  5. says

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!! That ice cream looks so dreamy! I mean, those chunks. My favorite potato is definitely sweet potato, especially with peanut butter or hummus. Lately, my go to quick lunch has been a Dr. Prager’s veggie burger, hummus, carrots, grapes, and a PB chocolate Square Bar. I’m all about those snack plate lunches!

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  6. says

    I’m totally craving salad, but it might be because I’m into the wine (we drove 2 hours south across the border to Red Lobster because we don’t have any in Canada) and we just got home. But seriously, that southwest chopped salad looks SO GOOD. I need a snack.
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    • says

      I passed a red lobster randomly yesterday and never noticed it existed where it was but after seeing this comment, I took note of it and thought of you. which state do you end up in when you cross the border from where you live? I think that’s so super cool that you can do that!