Monday, December 13, 2010

E: Easy Sunday, Easy Sweet Potato “Pasta” Dinner

I had worked pretty hard to get most of my to-dos done on Saturday, so Sunday was a pretty easy day :). I woke up and cleaned the bathrooms. Then, Josh and I headed to the gym for a workout. Other than that? My day was pretty much 100% relaxing :)

Since I had, had a heavier/protein packed breakfast and lunch, I wanted something easy and light for dinner. I saw Heather use her spiralizer to make potato “pasta” last week and knew I had to do the same. I took a small sweet potato and spiralized it up. The small sweet potato made TONS of “noodles”.

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I baked/roasted them up in the oven and then topped them with a simple marinara and three cheese topping:

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I cannot wait to do this again- SO yummy!

For the past few weeks, I have been participating in Krista’s Thanks & Giving effort. Each week, I purchased two items from the food store to donate to charity. Josh’s work is collecting canned goods this week, so I figured it was the perfect time to send my canned goods in:

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Do you try and do any extra giving during the holiday season? What are you looking forward to this week? I think I’m most looking forward to the Christmas parties we have next weekend and listening to Christmas music :).

36 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

What a creative dish! It looks delicious.

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

I definitely need to get a spiral gadget! I have seen so many wonderful dishes created with them, this being one! As for charity, we donated food and my girls helped with donating new toys to local foster children. We're trying to teach them early on to give back.

lee said...

A spiralizer sounds really cool.

I'm looking forward to having dinner on Friday with friends that I haven't seen in a few weeks.

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

Those potatoes look awesome! I Def need to get a spiralizer soon. what a creative way to eat them :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I tried once to make curly sweet tater fries w/ my spiralizer but b/c the taters were so firm/hard raw, I nearly cracked the plastic on mine. I probably should have used a thicker blade (was using the one i used for making zuke noodles) so i have never tried again...this looks great.

Krista, her idea, your donation...beautiful!

Bridget said...

Where did you get your spiralizer...I don't even think I know what one looks like haha!
Awesome that you had such a relaxing day, I need one of those :)

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

ok first of all, i think it's awesome that there is even something called a spiralizer...and second, i MUST get one so I can make this immediately! looks so good!

fitchocoholic said...

That looks soo yummy!!! Where do you buy a spiralizer?? =D

TiffersRunsTX said...

Uh, WOW! Glad you and Josh had a great, easy day!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I got a spiralizer last year and I honestly have not used it yet!! Eek! I think this might be the first recipe I will have to try with it. :-) I love using different veggies as noodle stand-ins.

Priyanka said...

The sweet potato dish looks really good.

I normally leave the bathrooms for Sunday and that really kills me. I hate cleaning them, but it has to be done!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Seeing your sweet potato spirals makes me want to make it again! I have a squash I may try it with. Experiments are fun :)

Relaxing weekend are the best. Hope you have a great week Erica!

Fashion Meets Food said...

How creative is this dish honestly. I really need to get a spiralizer because that is just way too neat what you can do.



xo

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Love this idea! How perfect.

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, love this "pasta" dish! So colorful too.

This week = looking forward to dance practice and leaving on a road trip with Suave Slav :)

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

Ah I love sweet potatoes! When you baked it, did it get soft like pasta?? I want to try it!

fittingitallin said...

Never thought to do sweet potato pasta! I need a spirulizer!

hbobier said...

Okay, seriously, where did you get the spiralizer?? I really really want one, and every time I go into a specialty food store they always look at me like I'm crazy. I just want to spiralize stuff... :(

Katie said...

Genius idea to make sweet potato "pasta"! I've been seriously into real (flour) pasta lately so I can't wait to try this one out.

teresa said...

such a great idea, turning sweet potatoes into pasta, love it!

Natalie said...

those "noodles" are brilliant! yet another reason I need a spiralizer!! so glad you had a good weekend :)

Faith said...

Sweet potato pasta is a brilliant idea! I've been wanting to get a spiralizer for a while...I want one even more now! :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Ooh I totally want to make sweet potato past now. What an awesome idea! Happy Monday :)

Sues

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oh that's cool, I've seen spiralizers used for zucchinis and yellow squash, but never sweet potatoes. Nice.

Julie said...

i feel like nothing but relaxation should come after a bathroom clean haha and i love that josh helped you out! good man.

potato pasta is genius!! i've GOT to remember that when i'm in a pasta-y mood :)

i'm looking forward to FINALLY being done with this semester!

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't get enough of sweet potatoes lately.

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

What a great idea with the sweet potato pasta, so fun!!!

Simply Life said...

oh great idea for the potatoes!

*Naomi* said...

anddd a year later I STILL want a spirilizer!! that looks so good and creative love it! :)

Lauren said...

This dinner looks perfect! Oh how I so want a sprializer. Sweet Potatoes would be the first trial on it for sure.
Glad it was a good weekend hun!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

that potato dish sounds great...i would have never thought of doing that! What a great idea.

For several years, my daughter and I have organized a food drive at her dance studio. She is away at college this year, and I miss collecting the goods and giving them to the local food bank...I must think of something to do with the boys...maybe shopping and dropping gifts into the toys for tots boxes...

Heather said...

What a great idea for dinner!
We donate canned goods to C's school and at the gym. I'm trying to teach C that Christmas isn't just about getting presents. :)

ashley nicole said...

love love love the sweet potato idea, girlie! i definitely want to try it. i hope that you and J enjoyed football today!

and giving extra at the holidays is so much fun & so rewarding...so much more fun than getting. xoxoxo

Kerr said...

what a great idea. I would never think to use potatoes as "pasta"
love it!

Krista said...

Cleaning toilets sounds like so much fun, Erica...tehehe!!! ;)

Awesome that you donated all your canned goods to Josh's work. I did the same here. Thanks for the shout out, too!

I'm slowly catching up on my blog reading...excited to see what you've been up to!

Holly said...

that sweet potato noodle idea is GENIUS! you know i will be making that soon :)