Holy Mole Sauce

with

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

NUTRITIONAL NOTES

 

CHOCOLATE: Dark chocolate is made from the seeds of a cocoa tree, making it one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.  It can help improve blood flow and help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby decreasing your risk of heart disease.  

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CINNAMON: One of my feel-good foods, adds warmth to any dish.  Although usually added to sweet dishes, cinnamon is also a savory spice in some cultures, like Latin and Indian cooking.  Adding spices like turmeric an cinnamon, have healthy effects on digestion and the processing of fat.  Cinnamon helps to slow stomach emptying, thereby helping to control blood sugar levels.  

 

SWEET POTATOES: Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene and have a superior ability to raise our Vitamin A levels in our blood.  Adding healthy fat when eating sweet potatoes actually increases your uptake of beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes have powerful anti-inflammatory effects while helping to control blood sugar levels.

SERVES 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, separated

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped

  • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes

  • 2 cup vegetable, chicken or bone broth

  • 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2½ teaspoon ground cumin, separated

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder or 2 ounces unsweetened baker's chocolate

  • 1½ teaspoon sea salt, separated and to taste

  • 1 teaspoon, pepper, separated

  • 1 can black beans

  • 4 sweet potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

  2. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium stock pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently until softened. Feel free to add a splash of water if it appears to be drying out.

  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, peppers (if using), and spices (oregano through cacao powder).  Add ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  4. Once cooked through and flavors have a chance to marry, take the sauce off the heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.  Place sauce in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.

  5. Through the course of making the sauce, place cubed sweet potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper and 1 teaspoon cumin.  

  6. Distribute sweet potatoes on a prepared baking pan in an even layer.  Place in oven and bake for 20-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and slightly browned and crispy around the edges.

  7. Serve potatoes with sauce drizzled over the top.

 

CHEF  NOTES:

**Sauce is very versatile and can be used as a dipping sauce, or traditional sauce served with meat. 

**Sweet potatoes can be substituted with various squash, like butternut, pumpkin or delicata. 

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