Purple is the best color in the plant world

I started looking into purple sweet potatoes.  I thought I would share with you a bit of my research from this weekend and holiday break.  Ever heard of purple sweet potatoes?  They cost about $2.49 a pound at whole foods

I have formed an opinion that all things purple in the vegetable world are extra special.  Listed below are a few links on the topic which influenced me.

Another purple item  (bonus content) first one is cabbage!

 

If you wanted to plant your own in a bucket or bag this summer, you can buy what they call “slips” or seedlings to start your crop.

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/sweet-potatoes/beauregard-sweet-potato-slips-2469.html?cgid=sweet-potatoes#source=google_potato&gclid=Cj0KEQiA7qLDBRD9xJ7PscDCu5IBEiQAqo3BxHZjabJgDT1gSTQR8ZclHMSW_ojrzhktjgJrD8inPXQaAnVA8P8HAQ&start=1

You can also make them at home and this is a good time of year to plan for the spring.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/how-to-plant-and-grow-sweet-potatoes

 

Water or soil approach to make your own slips

 

 

Recipe idea:

This morning I boiled 2# of purple sweet potatoes diced into 2″ cubes for about 12 minutes (left the skins on as the hold 10x the antioxidants).  Mashed them up with a cup of sauteed onions, added tsp of pepper, 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 1/4 cup of garbanzo bean flour as a binder and mixed.  Got my griddle hot to 425 degrees and flattened 1/2 cup portions to make 10 potato cakes.  Cooked them about 8 minutes a side until crunchy on the outside.

Enjoy.

 

How do I start the whole foods plant thing?

I have been asked this question a few times.  What’s the best way to start a whole foods based approach to nutrition.  The best idea that I have seen was recommended in the Engine 2 diet book.

http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/engine-2-diet

First week,  try to get breakfast right.  Second week, try to get lunch right.  Third week, start working on the dinners.

So for breakfast, why not try 1-2 cups of oatmeal, 1/2 of berries, 2 bananas and 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk.  If you want to get fancy, add 2 Tbsp of ground flax meal and some cinnamon to your oatmeal.  Done!  You are now on your way.