So the thing is, I haven’t really been cooking lately. At first, I blamed it on finals. Then, I blamed it on how busy I’ve been. Then, I realized I haven’t been busy. I’ve been doing all the things I can’t do when I have other obligations: reading fiction, writing, taking long walks, watching
Trailer Park Boys highbrow documentaries, listening to music. It feels incredible. But I haven’t been cooking.
Usually, I love spending an hour of my day in the kitchen. It’s therapeutic. But lately, I’ve found that when I get hungry, I want to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. I’m sure everyone goes through these phases, and I’ve already started to miss my wooden spoons and cast-iron skillet. But until then, here’s a very simple dish to throw together. Roasting the sweet potatoes really allows their natural sugars to caramelize, and the cayenne provides a great spiciness to contrast against the sweetness.
Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds
1 sweet potato, washed and sliced into half-inch rounds
1 tsp. cinnamon
cayenne pepper to taste
kosher salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 350F. Toss the sweet potato rounds in olive oil (or use cooking spray). Sprinkle the rounds with cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes.
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