Low + Slow

February 19, 2010

G’evening :)



And then YOGA!! I was late getting there from work due to a last minute project, but Emily and I got to whiz around the parking lot a few times to enjoy our 50* weather and catch up before going into the studio for an hour hot vinyasa flow class with Tanner. Class was good – nice and flowy!

I came home drenched to fine Matt had made an awesome dinner! He had cooked some of the pieces and i put them all together to make one great texture combo:

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Matt slow-roasted some sweet potatoes. This is THE BEST method for cooking them but I often forget about it!! It’s called "low and slow" and I think the technique comes from Cooks Illustrated. Basically you rub thick sweet potato slices in some oil, salt and pepper and then roast at 350* for 30 minutes and then bump up the heat to 400* for the last 20. I guess 50 minutes at 400* would burn the outside too much. This method makes them like little pillows – almost like ravioli! Suppppper soft on the inside and almost crispy on the outside. That brown stuff is not maple – it’s sweet potato sap!

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The main dish was a sautee of tempeh cubes and TJ’s bagged greens with a little tamari and Cajun seasoning. Topped with nutritional yeast!

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I don’t really know anything more about nutritional yeast that Google can’t tell you better, but it’s kind of like a cross between powdered mac and cheese sauce, Weetabix and fish food!! It’s good – very cheesy! And healthy, so I read. You can make cheese sauces with it or just put it on flakey like I did tonight.

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My little friend’s friend-of-a-friend joined me for dinner tonight!

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To cleanse and please my palate, I savored the very last Vosges Peanut Butter Bonbon. One of THE BEST chocolates ever!!! I will definitely get more of these in the future (if my chocolate stash ever runs low and needs replenishing!!)

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TOMORROW I am going to work at Great Harvest in the morning!!! Something I am loooong overdue to do! But when you’re busy the last thing you want to do is work on a Saturday! But I know once I’m there it will be fun, and I really need to start learning the ropes and this was a good weekend for both of us. I’m going to have breakfast there (WARM BREAD!) and then run on the greenway afterwards, so I’m not sure when you’ll see me. But I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Going to finish Twilight in bed!!

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1 GurlOnA"Diet" February 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm

finding ladybugs in the house is VERY good luck in asia- you must have great events heading towards u in ur life! i hope so! <3


2 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I’ve never thought of roasting a potato low + slow. It probably makes them super sweet- I’ll have to try that!
GAH sorry you have to look at roaches while you eat 😕


3 Meg February 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

It looks like a lady bug to me 😛


4 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Oh haha it’s a lady bug! Nevermind…


5 stef February 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm

pb bon bon? oh i need that in my life, stat! i love slow roasted sweet potatoes too, it’s basically the only way i eat them! can’t beat that flavor and nice color they take on. have a great night and hope work goes well tomorrow!


6 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I’ve been reading a lot about nutritional yeast, but it always sounded nasty to me. but if it tastes like mac and cheese powder, I’m game!


7 Jil February 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Mmm, love roasted sweet potatoes! By far, my favorite way to eat them.


8 Ameena February 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Thanks for the great recipe for sweet potatoes. I think I cook mine too fast and at too high a temp so they always dry out. I am going to try the slow and low approach next time.

I am dying over the last picture. Sometimes there are no words for a perfect square of chocolate!


9 Alissa February 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Nutritional yeast is SUPER good on popcorn. If you make microwave popcorn, pour a little in the bag after popping and shake it up. Eat with reckless abandon. :)


10 Kelly February 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

yumm that’s the only way I ever eat sweet potatoes, same thing as sweet potato fries but they just cook better in the rounds.


11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I put nutritional yeast on popcorn, and it’s delicious!! Give it a try!

Good luck working at Great Harvest tomorrow– how exciting that you’re starting to learn the ropes!


12 Haleigh February 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Tanner’s classes are my favorite. He always conducts a fun class with an awesome play list!!


13 Daniel February 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Those sweet potatoes look so dessert like… I feel like making some this weekend now.

Gotta look for tempeh and nutritional yeast when I head to the coop this weekend! – your blog is such a great way for me to discover new foods and expand my tastes, ^_____^


14 Heather February 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

LOVE nutritional yeast – or nooch, as us vegans like to call it :) How can you argue with these nutritionals?! http://www.bulkfoods.com/nutritional_yeast.htm

Your dinner looks like one of my favorites… greens + sweet potatoes go so perfectly together. Can’t wait to try that low+slow with them!


15 Kate February 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm

thanks for this link, i had no idea how good that stuff is!! I will definitely grab some next time im at my co-op


16 Sarah February 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Love sweet potatoes so going to have to give that slow roast method a try. Have a great time working the bakery tomorrow!


17 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Those sweet potatoes sound FABulous!!! I have nutritional yeast but i’ve yet to use it.. I need to!


18 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Love that roasted sweet potato method! I’ll have to try that. I didn’t know nutritional yeast is cheesy 😯 OMG, I am picking up a huge jar next time I see it. 😀

Have fun baking bread, I would be in a carb coma within 20 minutes LOL. Bakeries are heaven on Earth! :)



19 Katy (The Balanced Foodie) February 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I feel like nutritional yeast is the big thing these days! I think I read about it once a day on some blog. Good luck working at Great Harvest, can’t wait to hear about it!


20 Marisa (Loser for Life) February 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Mmm…I’ll have to try that sweet potato method!

I really like nutritional yeast. I discovered it when my daughter had a milk protein allergy, so no dairy products could pass her lips. She basically ate a vegan diet until she was 5 yrs. old and grew out of it. Nutritional yeast was a lifesaver for a little girl that wanted “mac and cheese” like the other kids!


21 Food Makes Fun Fuel February 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

You should try nutritional yeast on pumpkin oatmeal with peanut butter. It seriously tastes like cheddar grits! Super savory


22 Nicole, RD February 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Dinner looks delicious! I do the same thing with potatoes to get them soft on the inside and a bit of a crunch on the outside. Mmm mmm! And nutritional yeast is packed with B vitamins! I think it tastes like a dry parmesan cheese. I sprinkle it on dishes just like you did!


23 Jessie February 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Isn’t it great when your husband is a good cook? Sure makes life a lot easier :)

Have fun at Great Harvest!


24 Tiffany February 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Mmmm I have to try slow roasting my sweet potatoes now! I love that they look sooo pillowy! Awesome. I’ve seen lots of people using nutritional yeast, but I don’t even know where to find it!


25 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

There was a lady bug infestation at my old house… 50 or 60 crawled through the vents and died in my room alone :(

and slow roasting is the bomb… I slow roast thick slices of zucchini and squash as well


26 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

agreed – low and slow is the way to cook sweet potatoes! my mom just washes them and wraps them in aluminum foil – then puts them in the oven for an hour at 350. they are super mushy and ultra sweet and moist.


27 Lara (Thinspired) February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

That is the BEST description I have ever heard for nutritional yeast. Ever. :)


28 Ashley February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I am loving your post titles lately, lol. The sweet taters look amazing..I can tell how pillowy they are just from the screen!! Can’t wait to try it out. Have a great weekend Kath!


29 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ February 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I love great harvest and am really interested in your business adventure. Keep us posted and good luck.


30 Cole February 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The greens + nutritional yeast look delicious! What a great idea!


31 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I had asked about nutritional yeast on Gina’s blog … I might have to try it out now! My husband likes anything with cheese – I wonder how he would like it? I’ve always cooked sweet potatoes at a higher temperature, but I’ll have to try it at a lower temperature sometime. We rarely get the orange-flesh sweet potatoes here – it’s usually the white-fleshed ones. I really don’t like them as much, so we usually end up getting yams.

That chocolate looks so delicious! Is that salt on the top? Salted chocolate is the best …



32 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

that’s so exciting that you’re working at great harvest tomorrow…i bet it’s gonna be a great time :) I’ll be making sweet potatoes like that tomorrow for lunch!


33 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Slow roasted potatoes are the best! I don’t normally have the time for them but when I do I LOVE them!


34 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm

So glad you enjoyed yoga this evening. And that dinner looks fantastic! Sweet potatoes are definitely a favorite of mine!


35 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Warm bakery bread 4 brex – yummm!


36 Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling) February 20, 2010 at 12:13 am

Those sweet potatoes look so good!!
Have fun at Great Harvest tomorrow, sounds like a lot of fun! It’s hard to beat warm bread out of the oven – enjoy :)


37 Mama Pea February 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

Oh cripes, I thought that was a baby roach! I was like, “Oh Lord, please don’t let them find roaches on the house showing tomorrow!!!”


38 [email protected] February 20, 2010 at 1:22 am

I grew up eating nutritional yeast (we call it brewer’s yeast) on popcorn and it super yummy! I just recently tried to make a “cheese” sauce out of it and I like that too!


39 Laura February 20, 2010 at 2:10 am

You should move to New Zealand, we don’t have roaches here. :) Or snakes. I saw both for the first time when I was in Australia.


40 Laura February 20, 2010 at 2:12 am

Whoops, I thought it was a roach too! :) We *do* have those little guys, fortunately!


41 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 20, 2010 at 3:26 am

Ohh that sweet potato looks great! You get that sap thing when you rpoast them whole too (for like an hour) – so much fluffier and soft.
I really like the sound of that nutritional yeast, I think I might try and invest in some!
Enjoy Twilight :)


42 christie @ honoring health February 20, 2010 at 6:22 am

That method of sweet potatoes sounds interesting. I have been baking them whole or slice them into “chips”.I have never done thick wedges like that. They look delish!

Good luck working at the bread store!


43 Hannah February 20, 2010 at 7:23 am

I thought that was nutritional yeast! Ah, I only jsut discovered it before going overseas and now I miss it! I used to have it most morning on oatmeal/quinoa as a savoury version. I’m intrigued by your sweet potato method – at home we always bake it at around 400 for about 40 minutes, but usually we get the sap and the mix of crunchy and soft and chewy – though that could be because my mum is quite liberal with the oil 😀


44 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

Mm those sweet potatoes look amazing. Who knew all that juice could come out of them?!


45 [email protected] Nibbles February 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

I need to try some nutritional yeast! It sounds so yummy. And Vosges chocolate is the BEST! I love all of the fun combinations they have. I’m not sure if you’ve read the Twilight books……but if you like that genre……I highly recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


46 Lauren @ eater not a runner February 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

Sweet potatoes are my fav! I’m going to try that method the next time I cook them…


47 Heather February 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

yum I am going to have to try the sweet potato method!


48 Jenn @ Livewellfit February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

Nutritional yeast is popping up everywhere! Must get me some.

Oh have fun at Great Harvest!!!


49 Rachel (suburban yogini) February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

I am a huge fan of nutritional yeast – being intolerant to cows milk it’s the only way I get ma macncheese!! 😀


50 Ally February 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

Those sweet potatoes do look so good. I’m trying them that way next!!


51 Alyson February 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

I hadn’t thought to sprinkle nutritional yeast on greens, but it looks/sounds wonderful (I’m totally on a NY kick right now!). Thanks for the idea :)


52 Andrea February 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

YUMMM sweet potatoes!!!


53 Kelly February 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Wow, those sweet potatoes look like they are cooked to perfection. I’m thinking I need to try that method very soon! I am kind of a newbie to sweet potatoes so I’ve only ever really made fries out of them but they are so delicious. Another thing I’ve been wanting to try is tempeh…which makes me slightly nervous because I’m not sure what I’ll think of it! I’ve only seen it at a few stores around here. I also keep seeing that nutritional yeast around food blog world but haven’t seen it anywhere here. I need to get some better grocery stores around here!


54 Catherine February 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

No better way to end a day then watch some Rob Pattinson in bed 😉 Have you ever tried nutritional yeast on oil-popped stovetop popcorn with a little salt?? So good!!


55 Simply Life February 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

yum! great looking dinner!


56 Kristin February 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Those sweet potatoes look delicious. I love nutritional yeast. It’s especially delicious when paired with freshly popped popcorn!


57 Liz February 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Just tried the slow roasted sweet potatoes for lunch and they were DELISH! Thanks for posting!


58 Autumn Tao February 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

I declared after dinner last night that those were the best sweet potatoes I’ve ever had. That method is outstanding. Fluffy and sweet and heavenly. Thanks!!


59 Lele February 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Sweet potato sap is one of the greatest things there is! It’s the reason I just can’t be satisfied with a micro-“baked” sweet potato- you don’t get the sap! Too bad it’s such a royal pain to roast a whole sweet potato in the oven. But actually now that I have a much more energy efficient countertop oven, I should do it in there!


60 Eileen February 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm

In the words of Kevin…the low and slow sweet potatoes were AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing.


61 Tara February 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I’m def going to try that yeast. Very interesting.


62 M February 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hi Kath,
We tried your low-slow method for our sweet potatoes tonight and they were FABULOUS!! Thanks so much! :)


63 April February 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Ditto on what M said up there. FABULOUS! My hubs is a white potato kind of guy and with every bite he would say yum! Thanks!


64 Susan February 24, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Triple ditto!
Made the low & slow sweet ‘taters tonight, we LOVED them.. kids did too!
Thanks girl!


65 CinciMom11 February 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I just made the low and slow sweet potatoes for myself and my son. We both loved them! Thanks for sharing!!


66 Brynn March 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Just tried this for dinner. Best. sweet potatoes. ever!!!! I don’t know if I can ever microwave them again. Thanks for another delicious and easy recipe!


67 Christina January 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Would these be good to be frozen? If so, what would the steps be if not just throw ’em in a bag after cooling. I would want to take a bag to work for a snack but worried thawing would possibly make them soggy. thanks!


68 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I am not sure how they would fare frozen, but I would let them cool in the fridge and then freeze on a cookie sheet and then combine in a tight zip lock


69 Sara November 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Hi! I have made these before, and they are fantastic! Quick question-can I do the first 30 minute bake ahead of time and then finish the 20 minutes in a few hours? I want to make these for Thanksgiving, but with limited oven space, I need to maximize my time and spread out the cooking. Thanks!


70 KathEats November 22, 2013 at 5:48 am

I’m not sure about this. I think you’d want to make sure they don’t get soggy in between phases so I wouldn’t cover and refridgerate but then you risk food safety issues if they sit out too long.


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