I interrupt these Childhood Favorites Recipes to bring you an important Public Service Announcement (and a recipe for Toast with Sweet Potatoes and Chimichurri Sauce)
I’ve been asked by my foodie friend Justine of Full Belly Sisters to create a recipe featuring orange food.
Justine writes, “Why orange?
“Orange is the official color of the non-profit Cycle for Survival [more below the recipe on this awesome organization], an indoor cycling event that raises funds for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This is my third year doing this inspiring event. In fact, I have a personal connection: my father is a survivor of sarcoma—the same rare cancer that killed the founder of this event when she was just 40 years old.
“Another great reason for the color choice: orange foods are gorgeous and delicious; they are chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients that are good for your skin, eyes and heart, and they may also decrease your risk of cancer. Orange-food recipes just seem like a great fit for this cause!”
Justine will be riding in the event on Sunday, March 8
I’ve known Justine for a few years now, and her recipes are simple and healthy using whole foods. So, I decided I’d create a recipe that felt inspired by Justine, not only using the color orange, but to make a simple recipe using whole foods that are loaded with flavor. I started with my Roasted Sweet Potatoes, a simple and delicious recipe (find the recipe here). And, decided to top that with some herby Chimichurri Sauce (find the recipe here). These toasts are basically open-faced sandwiches topped with filling sweet potatoes, lightly salty queso fresco, and fresh chimichurri. Super yummy, and they make a great lunch!
Toast with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Chimichurri Sauce
- Roast Sweet potatoes. While sweet potatoes roast, make chimichurri sauce, and place in a small bowl.
- Slice the Baguette on the diagonal, and brush one side of the slice with olive oil. Heat a skillet, preferably a cast iron skillet, over high heat. Once the skillet is hot, place the bread in the skillet, oiled side down, and cook until golden brown and toasty. Remove the bread from the skillet.
- In a medium bowl, roughly smash the roasted sweet potatoes with a fork.
- Place the toast slices, toasted side up, on a serving plate, and top each piece with some sweet potato smash. Top the sweet potatoes with a large drizzle of chimichurri, and sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco. Serve at room temperature.
The calorie calculation on this is probably off because I didn't specify amounts on these ingredients.
Cycle for Survival information: #OrangeInspiration
Justine writes, “Founded in 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $61 million to date, directly funding clinical trials and research studies that bring new hope to countless lives touched by rare cancers.
“More than 50% of people with cancer are battling rare cancers, such as brain, pancreatic, cervical, stomach, thyroid and ovarian cancers, and all pediatric cancers. These cancers don’t often attract research dollars needed for new therapies and treatments, so patients are left with limited options.
“Cycle for Survival has contributed to more than 100 clinical trials and research studies, and also to major research initiatives that will change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated.
“Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center—the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center—is committed to providing research and care for people diagnosed with rare cancers. MSK’s close collaboration between doctors and researchers is a unique strength: new drugs and therapies developed in the lab can be moved quickly to patients’ bedsides. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds donated for my ride will go directly to MSKCC to help patients around the world.
“For the past two years, my team has ridden in honor or in memory of many different people by writing their names on our arms. When you make your donation, if you would like me to ride for someone, please send me his/her name and I will gladly ride for your loved one at the event. No donation is too small—every dollar counts! Please consider making a tax-deductible gift now at Justine’s Cycle for Survival Page.”