Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner Salad
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 1 radicchio, quartered
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 shallot, diced
- 20 fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup pistachios, roasted and salted
- 1-2 tablespoons honey, drizzled
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Place your sweet potatoes on a cutting board and cut thin slices into your potatoes, stopping before cutting all the way through the potato. (You can use wooden spoons on each side of the potato to steady it, and stop your knife from cutting all the way through.)
- Put your potatoes onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- While the potatoes are baking, quarter your radicchio and gently pull the leaves apart. Then dice your shallot and chop your sage.
- When the potatoes have baked for 20-25 minutes, take them out and layer the baking sheet with radicchio leaves, grapes, shallots, and sage. Drizzle the baking sheet with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Bake for another 20 minutes, until your potatoes are soft and fully baked through.
- Sprinkle your crumbled goat cheese, pistachios, and honey over the baking sheet.
- Divide you potatoes and salad onto plates and EAT UP.
On Monday I had some mouth surgery done, which has left me swollen and kind of foggy in the brain. So I’m taking it easy this week, allowing myself to be quiet and heal. It’s a nice and necessary moment in my life, but it’s also really frustrating. It’s especially frustrating that I can’t communicate effectively – especially this week. I’d love to jump on my instagram stories and talk to you all about NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) Awareness Week, but alas I can’t.
However, I can type. And I can have a dialogue with you all about your story. So here is what I am thinking…let’s start sharing eating disorder/disordered eating stories and our frustrations and our hardships and let’s especially CELEBRATE our successes. That is after all, what Brewing Happiness is about – celebrating our health-ier success and the journey it takes to get there.
So let’s treat this post as a safe place for your thoughts / a support group for each other, as we vent and air out our journey and the struggles along the way. I will start with my own current thoughts/rants/struggles, and then you can add yours to the comments section and we can chat from there! I want this to be a super safe place, so any/all hurtful comments will not be published. You have a home here. You are welcome. Your struggles are welcome. You deserve to be heard.
Here is my current rant…
I am SO EXHAUSTED of the “white girl fitness/nutrition expert” narrative. You don’t have to be skinny and white and drink adaptogenic tea all day to be healthy. Being back in LA for a while has re-triggered this frustration. And I’m really ready to see a rise in health culture that is focused on health-ier foods, not perfection disguised as an 80/20 rule.
I recently read this article about food shaming and fell in love. I am exhausted of examining every food choice I make. And honestly, I get really triggered being around people who do. I’m tired of people trying to rationalize to me why they are “being bad” and ordering the french fries. Why can’t we just order the dang fries and stop judging ourselves? HEALTHY BODIES ALL LOOK DIFFERENT AND HEALTHY PEOPLE EAT FRENCH FRIES TOO. So just shut up already. (Sorry, that’s a bit harsh, but I’m just so tired of it.)
However, I must confess that in the midst of all of my progressive, body-positive ranting – I still struggle. After having oral surgery this week, I was told I couldn’t work out for four days. And my first thought was, “then I need to watch what I eat this week so I don’t gain weight.” The disordered thinking is always there, hiding in the back. But instead of giving into that, I called it out for being nuts and I decided to be kind to myself instead. Allow myself rest and as much food as I needed. Being kind to yourself is something you must continue to learn, because the world is out to teach you the opposite.
So there you have it – my ranting thoughts that I needed to get out into the world. It is not easy to look at these thoughts, and it is even harder to find the vulnerability to talk about them. But I think it is necessary. Nothing will change in our culture if we do not change the way we talk about these issues. So here is your safe place. Feel free to…
- tell your ED / disordered eating story
- talk about what you have struggled or succeeded with this week when it comes to body positivity
- commit to stop vocalizing your food guilt
- ask for support along your journey to health-ier
- yell/rant about the dumb cultural things that make you feel less than
- encourage others along their journey
Really, you can say whatever you want as long as it is kind/supportive/honest. I am here for you. I am here to support you on your journey. So let’s start talking. xoxo.