Surprise…It's Not Orange

by HEAB on May 26, 2009

In continuing with Katie’s New Foods Challenge, I tried a yellow Japanese sweet potato. (Thanks for the recommendation Crystal!)

Looks plain, but trust was sweet. :)

Looks plain, but trust was sweet. 🙂

I prefer my sweet potatoes hot out of the oven and plain.  Sometimes, I might add a little nut butter, but there is nothing better than a piping hot syrupy plain old sweet tater.  This potato was tee-tiny, and it only took about 30 minutes to bake in a 425 degree oven.  Japanese sweet potatoes are a bit more starchy and dry. There was no syrup leaking out after it was done baking, but the flesh still tasted sweet with a custard like texture.  The size was perfect, and despite no bright orange color, Japanese sweet potatoes are still high in Vitamins A and C.

This morning, I made Japanese sweet potato oat bran:

Baby food with almond butter.

Baby food with almond butter.

So, this was definitely not my favorite bowl of oat bran.  I made my usual chia oats minus the rice protein powder as I really wanted to taste the sweet potato.  After roasting my tiny potato, I just threw it in the Vita-Mix with my cooked chia oats and a handful of spinach.  The cup of water I normally add was too much without the addition of the protein powder.  My oats were too thin for my taste, and I could hardly even taste the sweet potato.  Oh well, the crunchy almond butter topping was delicious as always. 🙂

I totally skipped out on my 6 AM Power Yoga class…again.  I was awake, but just wasn’t feeling it. I’m hoping to fit in a walk later today and do a little yoga on my own. 

OK, so who watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 last night?  The last time I watched the show, they were renewing their vows in Hawaii.  What happened? 

CD’s Random Comment of The Day:

Jon wants out…I agree. So sad. 🙁

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Crystal May 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm

glad you tried it out! 🙂

JENNA May 27, 2009 at 7:32 am

these sweet potatoes sound so good!! I’m on a mission to find them now!! thanks!

Ashley May 27, 2009 at 6:28 am

I was expecting you to put your oats INSIDE the Japanese sweet potato 🙂

Sounds like a brilliant new food – no doubt you’ll be tweaking your recipe, and reporting on a brilliant breakfast tomorrow.

Leah May 27, 2009 at 1:50 am

I’m so sad to hear about Jon & Kate.. seriously, I feel attached to their family!!

I love soy yogurt and cinnamon on my sweet potato. But I also agree..straight out of the oven is the way to eat it!

Gaby May 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Those are my favorites!!! I used to only be able to get them at the special Asian market but now they have them at my Whole Foods too so I keep a steady supply of them. I love the texture and taste and how they’re purpley on the outside 🙂
I actually had one tonight with dinner with some sea salt and drizzles of olive oil…OMG yum!

Sarah May 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I made my first spinach oats yesterday…delish!

I’m about to post about it, but I found myself in tears exactly six times today over Jon and Kate….make that seven! Sadly, I think CD is right.

the dainty pig May 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm

crunchy almond butter can save any meal….even baby food breakfast 🙂
have a lovely week!
I’ve never even heard of japanese sweet potatoes…thanks for the post.

Alison May 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Sorry the oat bran wasn’t as good as normal. 🙁

Also, I made almond butter for the first time the other day. It turned out kind of grainy. I made it in a cuisinart food processor. I don’t have a VitaMix. Do you have any tips for getting better almond butter?

homegirlcaneat May 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm

My mom once accidentally bought those sweet potatoes! Not my fav due to their dryness but still good! I am with you..I LOOOOVE when you bake a sweet potato and the skin gets all carmelized and wonderful! yumyumyum!

theskinnyplate May 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Have you ever tried Purple Sweet Potato?? Taste amazing when they are in season.

Dori May 26, 2009 at 7:17 pm

When I ordered sweet potato fries at a Japanese restaurant, they looked like regular fries and I asked the waiter if these were sweet potato. He insisted they were — and I tasted them. They were! I had never heard of them before, and this was only about a month ago. Now here it is on your blog!

Meredith May 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I watched Jon & Kate too! So sad! But . . . I kinda understand, you know? He had 8 kids by the time he was 27 — that’s super young! You really have to give up a lot — going out with friends, having people over for dinner, and then losing all of his privacy because of the paparazzi. So I can understand that he’s disappointed that life hasn’t turned out the way he wanted. He still shouldn’t cheat though (even though he says he didn’t). And I just feel so terrible for Kate!!!! I just want to hug her!

Heather (be well & take care) May 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Sweet potatoes are the best. I’ll have to hit up one of my Asian markets to try a japanese one!

It was so sad watching J&K+8 last night — could Jon have made it ANY more obvious that he was MISERABLE? I have my own thoughts about the show, but I should probably keep them to myself. (I am obsessed with it, but hate it at the same time)

Here’s a question for ya: does CD eat oats for breakfast, or is he not a fan of the baby food? Haha.

Melissa S. May 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm

i’ve never heard of a japanese sweet potato…interesting!

coco May 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

is that yam? I found it more like potatoes than sweet potatoes! 🙂
what do you do when you do yoga on your own? do you create your own sequence or you do some podcast?

Samantha May 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’m proud to say I actually drug my sleepy tail out of bed an hour before my kids so I could do a morning flow. The wheels weren’t pretty, but I feel stretched and energized now!

It’s great how honest you are on whether or not your meal combos work out. The green oats are my new favorite thing!

J&K+8, I never really “watched” it until this last season…it was usually on when I was on the mag trainer. I feel sad for all involved. He’s checked out. Can’t be an easy life no matter how you slice it. Sometimes its nice being invisible!

glidingcalm May 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

ugh Jon and Kate *shakes head* I am SO upset. 🙁

ewwwww watery oats are the worsssst. sorry for the mediocre breakfast, Heather! better luck tomorrow, right?

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) May 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Big up to the Japanese sweet potatoes! I really like their flavor. In fact, Imma bake me up a sweet tater for dinner myself, only I think I got the orangest one in the store! Actually, maybe it was a yam… whatever, I can’t tell the difference anyway. 🙂 As much as I want to cook new exciting things for blogging purposes, I can’t seem to stop having at least one weekly dinner of a sweet potato and roasties! At least the protein I put with it is rotating…kinda.

Andrea@WellnessNotes May 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Hubby and I usually watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 to make us feel better. If they can deal with 8 kids under 10, we should be able to deal with a toddler and a teenager, right?!!!

But last night’s episode was so sad… I had thought it was all a media hype, but last night’s episode seems to confirm that he wants out (and she is definitely very angry). Both of them didn’t look well. It must be very difficult to continue filming your reality show while dealing with your marriage falling apart and trying to maintain a “normal life” for your 8 children… I wish them the best.

ttfn300 May 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

hmm, i think you’re tricky using a sweet potato as a new food 😉 and i didn’t watch last night…

Jenny May 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

ah don’t even get me started with the Jon and Kate thing – i am heart broken!

Shelby May 26, 2009 at 11:34 am

John and Kate!!! So intense! She was so cold during the b-day party…yikes! I feel bad though =(

Lovely sweet potato! I love the oats too, too bad they didn’t taste great. AB always makes it work though!

Susan May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

Ahh! I had to work and missed it!! Hopefully TLC will repeat it. It’s too bad what they’re going through. But one thing I’ve learned is that happy parents apart are better than miserable parents together. The kids will be okay 🙂

Where are you finding all these wacky vegetables? My grocery store is boooring.

carolinebee May 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

That show gives me viewer anxiety! Like being in the backseat while your parents argue! I agree on the SP lovin’ too, i just put mine right on the oven rack to bake it 😀

Yasmin May 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

I was a little scared at first when I cut my Japanese sweet potato and saw the whiteness but it’s just sweet enough. I love them!

Anne K. May 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

I’ve never heard of Japanese sweet potato before, but it sounds great! Sorry oatbran wasn’t the best.

I had never watched Jon and Kate before, but EVERYONE is talking about it. So today I started watching some episodes on youtube, haha! Their current situation sounds really sad, though 🙁

Ellen (Peace in Motion) May 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

you just come up with the most creative things to put in your oat bran!

elise May 26, 2009 at 10:34 am

i watched (ive seen pretty much every episode thanks to random marathons in the past years)…i never really know what to believe in terms of those gossip mags, but i feel bad for them. i cant imagine being followed everywhere i go. having 8 children under 10 years old would be hard enough without constantly having to fend off paparazzi. its too bad that we feel we can make judgements and place blame just because they share a portion of their lives with us on tv – when in reality, the edited 8 hours (or however long makes up a season) is such a tiny fragment of their lives…who really knows whats going on. such a shame.

The Novice Berker May 26, 2009 at 10:33 am

I actually grew up eating Japanese sweet potatoes, totally not knowing of the existence of orange-y sweet potatoes! It’s too bad the oats didn’t come out well; they look totally lovely as usual though. 🙂

Michelle Hisae May 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

Gotta love the Japanese! Ok, I’m a little biased. 🙂

ksgoodeats May 26, 2009 at 10:24 am

Jon does, indeed, want out and it makes me so sad. The part last night when he was talking to Alexis broke my heart! Especially when she said something about her not wanting him to leave any more 🙁

I’ve never seen a Japanese sweet potato! Maybe I should switch my obsession to those since I’m turning orange!

polly May 26, 2009 at 10:20 am

oooh a WHITE sweet tater? Shoot… next time just go for a big jet puff marshmallow. 🙂 Plenty of ooze factor there. 😉 XOXO

Love you, dear H. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

What did you decide about that cool sounding yoga workshop???


Vani May 26, 2009 at 10:18 am

I love those things!! They make awesome sweet potato fries 🙂

Pearl May 26, 2009 at 10:06 am

ooh the japanese sweet potato is yummy! did he say that he wanted out?

Alisa - Frugal Foodie May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

I hadn’t heard of a Japanese sweet potato, but it sounds excellent!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

Man, I wish I had a Vita-Mix. Do you think it would be easy to make the spinach oats in a blender or should I use a food processor?

Erin May 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

I’ve never heard of that kind of tater. Sounds good tho.
I FINALLY made a bowl of spinach oats this morning. Totally freaked my family out and made my belly super happy. So yummy and pretty in my book!

justine May 26, 2009 at 9:47 am

I watched it! So sad :(. I hope they can work things out. I love the color of those little potatoes.


jenngirl May 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

Ooo wow that sweet potato is sooo interesting, I’ve never heard of that kind!

Ah! Everyone is talking about Jon and Kate, apparently I missed out last night.

Hangry Pants May 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Hmm I wonder how you could make the taste of the sweet potato more apparent? It sounds like a good idea though!

Hope you have a nice walk and yoga session!

brandi May 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

that sweet potato looks cool – I love sweet potatoes with just a little salt and cinnamon. yum 🙂

I know, so sad! We watched last night, too. I wonder what the rest of the season is going to be like.

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

What a cool sweet tater. But I do love that bright orange color of a regular sweet potato =)

J & K + 8 was so sad! I agree with CD, he DEFINITELY wants out. Poor kids!

Much love to ya Heahter!

Erica May 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

owww cool. Where did you find the Japanese Sweet potato? Bummer that it doesn’t have that syrup that comes out of the regular sweet tato (I love that!).

Chocolate-Covered Katie May 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

Almond butter saves the day!!

I thought of you the other day, Heather, because I was in NYC and I saw some of those yummy truffles you sent me. You are my favorite!!!!

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