23 Dec Half Your Plate: Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew With Barley
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’m always looking for quick, satisfying meal ideas. The beautiful thing about this chickpea sweet potato stew is that you can make ahead and freeze it. After a hectic day of power shopping, just reheat and eat. Love it.
An easy way to fill “half your plate” with vegetables, the stew also offers up a whopping 11 grams of fibre and 13 grams of protein in each serving. Talk about staying power to get you through school concerts and endless social engagements. While hearty stews typically use regular potatoes, the star of this meal is sweet potato. Did you know that sweet potatoes are in season all year round?
Disclosure: I’ve been asked to blog for the Half Your Plate campaign, which is a partnership between the Heart and Stroke Foundation, theCanadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. The campaign encourages Canadians to fill half their plate with vegetables and fruits as an easy step towards eating right.
SWEET POTATO 101
When buying: Buy firm sweet potatoes without any bruises and cracks.
How to store: Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place for up to one week.
How to prepare: Wash and scrub well with a vegetable brush. Leave whole or peel and cut as desired. Eat raw or grate into salads. Bake, boil or microwave until tender when pierced.
Nutrition: Sweet potatoes have 10 times as much vitamin A as a regular potato. A medium sweet potato has 4 grams of fibre. It’s also a source of potassium and magnesium.
How have you used sweet potato in a stew?