I am settling in well to the new kitchen and let me tell you, there is going to be some creative endeavors going down in this pink kitchy kitch. One of the first are my favourlicious Curried Sweet Potato Dumplings. This is my 'back-in-my-new-home-cool-wind-blew-in-with-September' comfort-food.
Now this raises an interesting question. What is comfort food? For me, it is foods that are warm, grounding, creamy, and easy. Comfort food is such an interesting topic that I actually have a whole class based on the principals of healthy comfort food.
How do we define comfort food?
Typically it is inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. For most people, there are certain types of food that we associate with comfort and happiness growing up – although depending on ethnicity and cultural background, we might have a slightly different take on what our ideal “comfort food” is. Whether it’s ice cream, macaroni and cheese, or chocolate chip cookies, the term “comfort food”, is generally defined as food that gives a sense of emotional well-being, or any food or drink that one turns to for temporary relief, security or reward.
I am curious, since comfort food is the food we were raised on, if I started feeding my little ones Brussels sprouts as early as possible, could I magically make that their comfort food? I'll let you know in 15-20 years.
One of my go-to comfort foods is mashed sweet potato with coconut oil and some sea salt. This isn't much of a recipe so for the purpose of making this interesting, I jazzed it up a little.
Sweet Potato Dumplings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: saute steam appetizer side dinner lunch dairy-free gluten-free low-sodium nut-free soy-free vegan vegetarian carrot kale sweet potato zucchini whole food fall winter
Ingredients (Serves 6-8)
- 1 sweet potato, steamed
- 2-3 kale leaves, shredded
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 tsp coriander seed, ground
- 1 tsp, cumin seed, ground
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1-2 Tbs coconut oil
- 6-8 large round sheets of rice paper
- Sea salt and cayenne to taste
- Flax oil to drizzle
In a pot, heat 1 Tbs of the coconut oil. Add spices, ginger and garlic and sautee until aromatic without burning.
Add in kale, carrot and zucchini and stir together with spices. If too dry or sticking to the pot, add water, about 2 Tbs at a time until moistened.
Keep oven on low and stir vegetables occasionally.
While veggies are cooking, add sweet potato and coconut oil to food processor or Vita Mix and whir together until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides for even mixture.
Once veggies are cooked and sweet potato is mashed/pureed, mix them all together, adding salt and/or cayenne as needed to taste.
Now, you can eat this just as it is, or wrap it up in a rice paper dumpling.
For the Dumpling Formation
Heat water in a pot or kettle- enough to cover about 3 inches of a shallow bowl or dish.
Place hot to trot water into the bowl or dish and drop in a rice paper wrap.
Allow to soften, about 60 seconds and remove from water.
Late flat on a clean, dry surface and dollop some of the sweet potato curried veg mixture into the centre (about 1 1/4 cup of the mixture).
Fold in the two opposite sides of the rice paper and than the two remaining sides.
Serve with a fresh sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of flax oil.