Along with being a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin A in any RA friendly diet, sweet potatoes are also inexpensive and easy to prepare. Fresh herbs and lemon juice give this dish a bright, Mediterranean twist. Serve with olives, grilled fish, and a big salad, and you'll have a complete, nutritious meal.
- If you're not up to chopping and mincing, you can substitute dried herbs for fresh ones. Just remember that dried herbs are more concentrated, so you'll need about 1/4 less to achieve a similar flavor. If you prefer the fresh herbs, try chopping them in a small food processor.
- For an easy snack, roast a sweet potato in the oven and top with Greek yogurt (strained plain yogurt) and your favorite salsa.
4 small sweet potatoes, washed but not peeled
(about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 cup fresh coriander (also known as cilantro), chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, optional
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
Cut each potato into 8 equal-sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, olive oil, herbs, and salt. Toss to coat evenly.
Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove promptly from oven and toss with lemon juice and lemon zest (if using).
Recipe developed by dietitian and nutritionist Elizabeth Fassberg MPH, RD
Note: These tips should not replace advice from your physician. Always check with your physician before making any changes to your eating habits.