I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

November 18, 2010

Love for sweet potatoes, that is <3

I spent my morning out running errands. I felt cool. Most were boring, but I did end up with a Yankee Candle Christmas Tree air freshener for my car. Random. But also delicious.

I returned home at 1PM and put together this:

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Featuring a pile of roasted sweet potato chips (because I know I’ll get at least one comment: sliced, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper and baked on a cooling rack on top of a sheet pan for 40 minutes, no flip necessary).

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They were perfect. Topped with a glob of coconut butter, which didn’t melt as much as I’d hoped. Darn cold house.

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In the middle – a Siggi’s Orange + Ginger (purchased via coupon) with some Ancient grains granola. LOVEEEEEE Siggi’s! I get them as treats with my own money (as they are too expensive to be a household staple) but I think they are definitely one of the best (THE best?) flavored yogurts on the market because they are not sweet!

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A grapefruit that surprised me for being fabulous despite being in my fridge for 3+ weeks

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And a taste of cheese and crackers with celery and carrots that Karen brought over Sunday

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The cheese – a undoubtedly delicious smoked cheese – came out of this box, which was sent via the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program

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This was Hickory Farms’ "Party Planner Gift Box," a nice collection for a last minute party. The content included cheeses (my cup of tea), meats (the husband’s), crackers, mustards (YUM!) and a cheese ball, that will be rolling out on Thanksgiving.

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So nice of them to include fruit too Winking smile

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Which I had for dessert

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Deeeelicious lunch!

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Swingin’ Holidays are in full ….swing in our house!

I’m planning computer work followed by some kind of gym workout – the indoor playground!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I only buy Siggi’s as treats too … they are so expensive!

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2 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Yum! I love lunches like this that are a little bit of everything. I have to say though that I don’t actually love Siggi’s! I have yet to try Vanilla but the other flavors just don’t do it for me at all.

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3 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Ooooh my those sweet potatos look absolutely amazing!! I haven’t managed to find Siggis here in Canada but I’m going to pick some up next time I’m in the US (my food list is getting loooong!)

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4 Christin@purplebirdblog November 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I am totally going to have to try that cooling rack trick! :)

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5 Kelly November 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Siggi’s is THE best because it’s not sweet. Love it!

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6 Amanda November 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This looks amazing!! :)

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7 Nicole November 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Such a pretty, colorful, well rounded lunch!

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8 Jenifer November 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I was going to say how sweet the little strawberry candy was peaking out. Makes me think of my granny for some reason.

Off to hunt for the coconut butter. I made sugarfree gingerbread muffins that need alittle something… thinking this might be it!! Have good one!

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9 RhodeyGirl November 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

That little strawberry candy made me think of my grandma too!

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10 Allison K November 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I LOVE the color of the inside of that grapefruit! so pretty!

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11 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I love having a “little of this and a little of that” for lunch!

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12 Kimberly @ Servantless American Cook November 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

That lunch looks AWESOME! I am so envious, because my lunch was NOT awesome. I am happy a have sweet potatoes so I can make sweet potato chips tonight!

PS – How was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? My mom just bought me the whole trilogy as a gift.

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13 Kath November 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

GOOD!! Not my kind of book, but I really enjoyed the suspense. I do intend to read the others in the series, but first I need a breather wtih something cheerful

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I love this lunch! Festive, flavorful and filling!

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15 Amber K November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I’m a Chobani girl myself.

But those strawberry candies are THE best. My stomach can’t handle much cheese and I don’t eat meat, but I loved it when someone would receive hickory farms gifts so I could sneak the candy.

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16 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Those random snack plates for lunches are the BEST! So delicious because you can get a mix of all the different little things you feel like.

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17 JENNA November 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

mmm…grapefruit season!

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18 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I love your sweet potato chips.

Hmm, Siggi’s. I like it, but boy oh boy, is it ever expensive!!! I feel like it’s a splurge to get Fage sometimes.

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19 Eliza November 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

wow, that is a lovely lunch! that grapefruit is so stunning, so vibrant! i agree about the siggi’s yogurts, they are definitely the Best flavored yogurts on the market! :)
such a festive, delicious holiday-esque lunch!!

xx
eliza

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20 Julia @ Brides Up North November 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Hey Kath,

Your Real Wedding feature is now live on my blog – it would be great if you could post the link in your update tonight:

http://www.bridesupnorth.com/2010/11/18/american-beauty-a-real-wedding-kath-matt/

You are a beautiful couple! Thanks for all your support.

Julia x

p.s. love the “fruit”!

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21 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

That is a very BRIGHT grapefruit!! I love peeling them like an orange and eating them in segments. So good! What am I saying, they’re good however they’re eaten!!

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22 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

rosemary and sweet potatoes are a match made in heaven!

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23 Kiran November 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hmm… I’ve got to try sweet potato chips! These looks delish! Muchos gracias ;)

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24 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I’m jealous of your sweet potato chips. Ever since I started getting CSAs, I’ve been trying to only eat produce from my box so that I don’t accidentally let anything go to waste. There are going to be sweet potatoes in NEXT week’s box because it’s Thanksgiving week……however I only get the boxes bi-weekly and am getting a delivery instead. No sweet potatoes. Boo. :(

Cheese looks good. Hickory Farms always reminds me of the holidays, as it’s when I always used to see their booths set up in the mall. Also, our family used to get at least one shipment of Hickory Farms stuff from our relatives for Christmas. I’m more of a fan of the cheese, also.

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25 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I love those Strawberry candies — they are my favorite!

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26 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I love random lunch plates so fulfilling!

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27 Marina November 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Lunch looks awesome. Sweet potaoes and smoked cheese, sounds like a pretty good taste combo!

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28 Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I love how pretty your food is always presented! Makes it look so tasty!

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29 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Fun party box! I like yogurt that aren’t too sweet but have never tried that kind before. The range of foods all over your plate’s awesome. Hope you have a fun workout!

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30 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen November 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I am also having a love affair with Siggis…especially the Pomegranate Passion Fruit! :)

[And my roommate tells me I have a similar Hickory Farms box waiting for me at home…seeing yours makes me VERY excited!]

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31 Meg November 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Mmm I love sweet potatoes on a cold fall day :D and Chirstmas music! Hooray!

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon, Kath!

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32 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

i’ve gotta get a cooling rack to roast my veggies – too lazy to FLIP

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33 erica November 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

those strawberry candies remind me of my grandparents and christmas. they would always take me to the christmas parade in their neighborhood and santa would throw candy…those strawberry ones were my favorite that i’d always run to find! hahaha.

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34 Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Love all the beautiful colors on that plate! And a little taste of everything… looks delicious! I’ll have to pick up Siggi’s the next time I’m at the market. I’ve never tried it.

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35 Dorry November 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

gorgeous lunch – I love a bit of everything on a tasting plate. those little strawb candies remind me of my childhood – LOVED them.

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36 Rachel November 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

It’s true, Siggis is great but so expensive. I get 1 or 2 at a time as special desserts.

I can’t even get my coconut butter out of the jar! I bought some but have never used it because it’s so cold in the cupboard the stuff is never spreadable. I don’t have hot running water to soften it with or a microwave. I wonder if I could pop the jar (without the lid) in the oven for a few minutes to warm it up…

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37 Kath November 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I’ve put mine in the oven before at about 300*…just watch it!!

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38 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie November 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Yum! Those sweet potatoes look fantastic. I love them, but usually end up baking them whole. I never thought of slicing them into “chips.” Quick, easy, tasty, healthy…I’m sold.

BTW, I’ve made collard greens with maple syrup and soy sauce several times now, an idea I got from your blog. It’s the idea that got me to go from thinking about trying collard greens, to actually trying them, so thank you for that!

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39 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

those little strawberry candies are my FAVORITE! They remind me of childhood christmases:)

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40 Dana @ my little celebration November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

My lunch looked a bit like yours as well – kind of a hodge podge of veggies, protein and carbs.

I wouldn’t have thought to put coconut butter on sweet potatoes. Clever idea : )

Happy Wednsesdeeee,
Dana : )

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41 The Wife of a Dairyman November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

that cheese looks really tasty! I’m a sucker for cheese!

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42 Laura (Starloz) November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

what a lovely lunch

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43 Camille November 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oooh sweet potatoes! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! :)

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44 Cara Craves... November 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I love those little strawberry candies!

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45 stacey-healthylife November 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I love siggi’s also but agree the price is super high.

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46 Chelsea November 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm

What a fun looking lunch! I ADORE sweet potato’s made that way . I make them like that at least twice a week!

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47 kristine November 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Oooooh Coconut butter and sweet potato! That sounds perfect!

I always try eat grapefruit because they look so yummy, but I just never enjoy the taste… maybe I just need to clear my stereotype of not liking them and try again :)

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48 Jill November 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hey Kath –
I just wanted to tell you that I saw on your blog the other day that you love the brussel sprout “crispies” – so do I!! I decided that I would make brussel sprout chips – kind of similar to kale chips – they were awesome!! Thanks for the idea.

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49 Kath November 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Ooooooo….remind me to do this next week!

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50 Tricia November 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Those SP chips look great! What temp did you cook them on?

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51 Kath November 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

400*

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52 Simply Life November 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

oh what a fun and colorful lunch!

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53 Hannah November 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I love bits’n’bobs meals like that! So envious of the smoked cheese and Siggi’s… the first is beyond my budget, and the second doesn’t exist in Australia!

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54 Sarah (OC2Seattle) November 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Excellent smorgasbord! I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, so I will definitely be trying out the chip method.

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55 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

You lunches always look amazing! I’m jealous :)

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56 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I love lunches with a little bit of everything like that! :D I always look forward to having lunches like that on weekends because sandwiches are way easier to take to campus during the week.

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57 Eileen November 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Nice trick, using the cooling rack! I will try that soon.

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58 Alaina November 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I love “tasting plate” lunches. Sometimes I’m just in the mood for everything and those work perfectly :-) Yours looked delicious (like always!)

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59 Sharon November 19, 2010 at 2:37 am

This was a good job done and I love the variation you have incorporated into the menu…

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60 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I recently made sweet potato chips too – they are also awesome with cumin, cinnamon, and chili pepper too! Great idea with the coconut butter… will try brushing them with it instead of EVOO before baking next time.

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61 The Peanut Butter Addict November 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Delicious looking lunch! Sweet potatoes make any meal twice as good :)

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62 Meagan November 20, 2010 at 2:23 am

I LOVE sweet potatoes and plain Siggi’s. I just wish it was made with FULL fat instead of skim.

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