16 Jul 2014

STEAMED SWEET POTATOES with WILD RICE, BASIL + TOMATO CHILI SAUCE


A lot of you have been asking for more savoury recipes and more low-fat dinners. My job as I see it is to give you what ya want. So here we go. This is also a good representation of my actual diet; since I do not simply live off raw vegan chocolate cake (although sometimes I wish I could), but in reality enjoy mostly fruit all day in the form of smoothies followed by a dinner of lots of steamed or baked veggies with rice! Check out my Instagram to see more on this... and also to see my PMS face.  I do love my raw vegan desserts recipes, and I definitely eat as much of them as I want, but I see them as a fun and delicious way to get in my fats for the day, so in the rest of my diet I keep fat content to a minimum. Fat is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but I just don't need much of it. So in this recipe, I only use a handful of nuts (or 1 tablespoon of nut butter if you prefer). It provides the perfect amount of creaminess and richness without making me feel sluggish afterwards, which happens when I eat too many nuts in a day. I have learned my limits.

As many of you may know, I have gradually transitioned into an 80/10/10 diet (a high carb diet) and for me that basically meant just increasing the amounts of fruits and starchy veggies I was eating. Instead of 3 bananas a day; I eat anywhere from 5 to 15 now. Instead of 3/4 cup of rice; I eat 2 cups, etc. When I eat this way I find I don't crave the rich foods that I used to. I don't want to eat the entire tray of raw vegan brownies, I am satisfied with one. I have learned that my body does best with minimal amounts of fat. As I stated a moment ago, I feel weighed down and head-achey when I eat too much fat in a day. All I need to keep me energized and strong is a handful of nuts, 1 avocado, or 1 tablespoon of nut butter or coconut oil a day. Am I saying this is the ideal diet for everyone? Of course not! You know your body better than I do! So experiment and find what works for you. I have a friend who does best on a high fat diet, and so that right there is proof that we all require different percentages of macronutrients to fuel ourselves right. Having said that, it DOES make sense to me from an evolutionary perspective that most of us would do best with a diet high in fruit, greens, and starchy veggies.

My logic is simple: we all know fruits and vegetables are good for us, so let's eat as many as we can!

Now, onto this meal! I am in love with sweet potatoes. They are excellent for your brain and eye health, as well as overall wellness. Basil is called The Sacred Goddess Herb, tomato is great for the prostate, and the whole recipe is just freaking yummy altogether... so make it.


STEAMED SWEET POTATOES with WILD RICE, BASIL + TOMATO CHILI SAUCE

Sauce:
1 tomato
1 tablespoon nut butter (optional) 
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup 
1 teaspoon chili powder, to taste 
1 garlic clove

Other ingredients:
1 large sweet potato, sliced and steamed until soft and tender
2 cups cooked wild rice
1/4 cup basil leaves

To make the sauce: blend all the ingredients until smooth. Mix the sauce into your rice and sweet potatoes in a bowl, then top with basil leaves and enjoy! 

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30 comments:

  1. Wowie.. this looks so hearty and delicious!! i wish sweetpotatoes weren't as expensive in my country though. But i'm gonna try this combination next time i get some!
    have a great day, Emily :)
    ** maisy

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  2. Looks Divine. I will be making beans, rice and guacamole, salad and eating dessert:)Im trying to get into crossfit and up my exercise plus tone. Keep posting sexy... Hippymomelizabeth

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  3. Ok, I HAVE to make this asap... Looks amazing, I'm sure it'll taste amazing too.

    Completely agree on eating what makes YOU feel great. There are some things that are healthy for everyone, but as for the details, bodies are different and so are souls, and we nourish our whole, complete being with the food we eat :-)

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  4. Wow, I think I need to have this for dinner this week. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  5. AnonymousJuly 16, 2014

    That gorgeous looking basil! I can almost smell it.

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  6. This is so beautiful! And I mean everything: from the photos, the food itself, and I love what you said about everyone's bodies being different. Some people find it difficult to understand how I am happy with maintaining a plant-based diet and... you know, I just like my fruits and veggies a lot! Can't wait to make this!

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  7. This looks awesome! I am a huge sweet potato fan, will have to try this preparation ASAP. :)

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  8. My kinds dinner :) Sadly, I think I'd be the only one in my family who likes this but I could serve the sweet potatoes and sauce as a side and eat more of it myself.... I bet a green salad with arugula, baby spinach and lamb's lettuce would be a fantastic accompaniment too!

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  9. AnonymousJuly 17, 2014

    Basil is "called The Sacred Goddess Herb and is thought to be the embodiment of femininity and holiness itself"? Sorry to disappoint, but the etymology of the name, basically what we call this herb everyday, is the embodiment of masculinity actually: it means 'royal' as in 'kingly' and it comes straight for the word for 'king' (not Queen, no relation to that word at all), and it has been that way for more than 2000 years...

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  10. This looks wonderful

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  12. PenelopeintheDJuly 18, 2014

    This looks AMAZING...I think I got a visual flavor. I enjoy your photos, they are always really gorgeous along a variety of recipes. Thank you!

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  13. Hi! How many people does this serve?

    This looks amazing, and I'm making it tonight for some visiting friends.

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  14. Looks great Emily! Glad you are feelin' so fine on 801010! I'm going a bit higher in fats right now and less in fruits and going to see how I feel for awhile. Life is a constant experiment! :-)

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  15. Sounds so tasty! Definitely want to make this. Is the list of ingredients for one serving? Two? Just double-checking! Thanks!

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  16. I make something similar to this literally every few days, although I roast my sweet potatoes and top it with tahini instead of nut butter! This looks so delicious :)

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  17. this looks seriously so delicious, love the vibrant colours too. definitely a recipe i will be saving. thanks for sharing!

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  18. AnonymousJuly 22, 2014

    I thought raw vegans don't eat things that are cooked???

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  19. Made this two nights ago, and it was fa-reeeeeeakin awesome!!! My husband loved it too:) Thank you for all the delicious eats!

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  20. AnonymousJuly 25, 2014

    Hi Em, love all these ingredients but never thought of using all these carbs at once (what with them being quite unfashionable at the mo). Interested to know what got you into the 80/10/10 way of eating. Have you notice rise in blood sugar levels or weight gain. Would love to know...xx

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  21. AnonymousJuly 25, 2014

    I love you blog, Emily. Did you design it yourself or customize an existing theme?

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  22. Hippy Mom, Hope your well!

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  23. Hi, Emily. Recently, I had seen some vegan youtubers are avoiding eating garlics and onions. I was kinda confused why they are doing this, but I would like to hear more people's opinions as well as your's. :)

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  24. As a beginner in the world of vegetarians (or better to say in the world of those who desperately love meat but are trying to cut it out for at least one day per week, following the popular idea of Meatless Mondays) currently searching for the first recipes to try, I was just overwhelmed by the amount of information about what you eat and why. I feel that there is really a lot I should learn for eating better and healthier, wow!

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  25. Nice post , i hope everyone will like your post

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  26. Oh my, Emily. I love this recipe! Thanks for this, and for all of your recipes and spectacular pictures. I just preordered your new book yesterday. I can't wait to get it.

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  27. I just used this on the last of my garden tomatoes. And I don't know how many batches of it I have in the freezer. I don't crave tomato sauce like that normally put on pasta, but I love fresh garden tomatoes and grow lots. What to do, then, with the bounty after you have stuffed yourself with warm, ripe tomatoes, sundried bunches for winter cooking, and given them to all your neighbors? Your recipe, of course. It is the addition of nut butter, miso, amd maple syrup that makes it tasty to me. I have substituted freely all summer as I ran short of various ingredients, and used many of my fresh hot peppers for the chili powder. It is always delicious. Thank you!

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  28. This is slightly misinforming people about the truth of the 80/10/10 diet/lifestyle. 80/10/10 is not simply a high carb diet. The original book "80/10/10" informs against eating grains and starches and is based on eating a 100% raw diet of fruits and greens. Fruits contain enzymes and digest way more easily than rice (especially wild rice) and potatoes. I am also transitioning into 80/10/10, but true 801010 is fruit based not soley "high carb"

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  29. Hi Emily this recipe looks awesome! Sorry this is a gross question but can anyone help? I'm new to veganism and have just found something that looks like a flap of mould floating on the top of my miso paste in the fridge. Eeek! I read that miso is cultured from something, so is this normal or is it spoiled? It's nearly a year within its use-by date and only been used once!

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  30. Made this tonight and it was super scrumptious! Thanks so much Emily x

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