Year: 2019

Skillet Jerk Salmon | Sweet & Sorrel

Skillet Jerk Salmon

Hi all, This Skillet Jerk Salmon is perfect for anyone who wants to make a memorable dish for their special someone this Mother’s Day.  This recipe is quick, easy, and super flavorful, and the best part is it only requires a few ingredients and comes together in one handy skillet. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Whether you’re a mom who doesn’t want to be in the kitchen all day today (or any day!), or someone who wants to surprise a mom in their life but has no clue what to do in the kitchen, this recipe is for you. Jerk chicken is almost synonymous with Jamaican food, but chicken isn’t the only thing that tastes good jerked. Saying “jerked” sounds kind of silly, but I think it works! Anyway, seafood is my favorite kind of protein to jerk, because it adds so much flavor. Salmon is especially delicious when jerked, since salmon has a lot of healthy fats and really soaks up the jerk seasoning. Typically, I like to cook jerk salmon …

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Yucca | Sweet & Sorrel

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Yucca

Happy Sunday! I’ve got something a little different for you all today: Baked Cinnamon Sugar Yucca! It’s like fried yucca, but better because it’s baked, has cinnamon sugar all over, and is oh so GOOOD. Read on to learn how I make it. For some reason I’ve been craving sweet food lately, which is a problem because Caribbean food is often pretty savory. My solution? Turn savory into sweet. It took a little experimenting, but I think I’ve found the perfect savory ingredient to make sweet: yucca. Yucca, or cassava, is a starchy root vegetable, similar to a yam. You can grind it to make cassava flour, pound it out to make bammy, or dice it up and make fries. I made these sweet yucca fries by cubing some peeled yucca and cooking in boiling water for a bit. Then, cut the partially cooked yucca into 1/4 inch slices, coat them with oil, and bake them until they become gold and delicious. Drizzle with a quick homemade cinnamon sugar mixture while the fries are still …

Orange Mango Green Smoothie

Hi all, This Orange Mango Green Smoothie is the perfect way to sneak some healthiness into your morning. Healthiness? Yup, it’s a thing. And it’s especially important as the weather gets warmer outside. I don’t know what it is about warm weather, but it makes me want to eat all the things I know aren’t the best for me — ice cream….. barbecue ANYTHING… more ice cream. But I recently came up with a theory: if I’m able to get some of the stuff that’s good for my body early in the day, I’m less likely to crave the not so good stuff. Sounds plausible, right? So here goes! This 5-minute smoothie is a super easy way to sneak in some greens and fruits, while at the same time filling me up and giving me energy throughout the day. For the liquid, I used the juice from a few freshly squeezed oranges, as well as some fresh coconut water. Then, it’s all about the fruits. Here, I used bananas, green apples, and mangoes. Finally, because …

Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous | Sweet & Sorrel

Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous

Well hello there! Today I’m sharing a Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous recipe that is sure to be a staple meal prep option. This dish boasts exotic flavors and unique North-African ingredients, but best of all, it’s easy to make and tastes delicious! Read on to learn how to make this dish ASAP! It’s been so long since I’ve ventured onto the blog 😦 These past few months have been so hectic and I haven’t had many opportunities to come up with new recipes because I’ve been traveling so much. But, the benefit of all that travel has been my exposure to food from many different continents. In particular, I’ve become really inspired by foods from North and East Africa. Hence today’s recipe, which draws from a recent trip I took to Morocco. While I was in Morocco, I had many meals that were prepared with simple ingredients and lots of love. That’s exactly what I tried to recreate with this dish. The stars of this dish are turmeric and dried fruit and nuts (specifically apricots, …

Red Bean Dip | Sweet & Sorrel

Red Bean Dip

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Its game day, so we need a game-day worthy recipe, and this 5 minute Red Bean Dip is the perfect choice! Alright guys, I’ll keep it short today. I’m sure many of you have had a Mexican-style bean dip before, whether it was a cheesy re-fried bean dip or a black bean dip. Today’s dip is a bit different because it’s made from red kidney beans, which are often used in Caribbean cooking (think rice and peas). This bean dip also has only 5 ingredients (minus salt and pepper), takes less than 5 minutes to make, ANNND its vegan. BAM! Who said game day couldn’t be good for you?! This recipe is so easy and healthy, and its perfect for a crowd! You can cook it on the stove or just throw it into a slow cooker and forget about it. Give this dip a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also be sure to tag #SweetandSorrel. Ingredients 1 15.5 oz can red kidney beans (do …

Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

Hey all! These vegan Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies are hands down my favorite thing to eat right now. They’re  so easy to make and are packed with lots of nutrients. Who said that an on the go breakfast can’t be both both delicious and healthy?! If you know one things about Jamaicans, it’s that we take breakfast seriously. Breakfast is usually a heavy meal of yams, dumplings, bananas, and some kind of meat. It makes sense, since the idea is that breakfast is supposed to set you up for the long day ahead. But as much as I love a traditional Jamaican breakfast, it just doesn’t work with my schedule. I’m often running out the door in the mornings to try to make it to work and don’t have time to make a full meal, yet alone sit down to eat it! That’s why these oatmeal cookies are the perfect solution. These cookies are easy to make ahead of time, and can last me the whole week. Even better, because they are homemade, I can customize …

Soup Joumou | Sweet & Sorrel

Haitian Pumpkin Soup Joumou

Happy Sunday! This vegetarian Haitian Pumpkin Soup Joumou is a meatless take on a famous dish, and it’s sure to please any crowd. Usually reserved for special occasions, this heart soup is the perfect substitute for a game-day chili (because, what’s a more special occasion than game day?!). Soup Joumou is typically served on January 1, as a way to ring in the New Year and Haiti’s independence. It’s believed that Haitian slaves were not allowed to have this soup, which was instead reserved for white French slave owners. When Haiti gained it’s independence, freed Haitians celebrated by eating the soup they were once forbidden to enjoy. With a story like that, it’s impossible not to love this delicious soup. Traditionally made from calabaza pumpkin (i.e. Caribbean squash), potatoes, and a flavorful stock, this soup is often served with beef and pasta. (Note: you can replace the pumpkin with butternut squash). My version of soup joumou keeps many of the traditional ingredients, but removes the meat. But trust me, it’s not missing out on any …

Coconut Ginger Granola

Happy Sunday! Today’s recipe is an aromatic Homemade Coconut Ginger Granola that uses simple ingredients to create a flavorful, delicious granola that’s better for you than the store bought kind. I have a confession: I am a picky eater. The kind of picky eater that has to separate the food on her plate so that they don’t touch. The kind who goes out to eat and asks the waiter to explain every ingredient on the menu before telling them to basically customize my dish. Yup, it’s bad. Being picky means I’m often unimpressed by store bought granola. They somehow always seem to have something I don’t want (i.e. raisins or cranberries). My solution: make my own! Homemade granola is so simple to make, and the best part is that you can customize it to include only the ingredients you really enjoy. It’s also great because you can cut down on the amount of sugar and fat, which is often present in store bought granola and gives granola a bad rep. Well no more. Today, I’ve …

New Year Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Happy 2019! The first Sunday of the new year ushers in new beginnings, and there is no better way to start the year than with these New Year Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce! This East-meets-West (Indies) take on fresh Vietnamese spring rolls is a bright, colorful recipe that takes only 10 minute to make and tastes amazingly delicious. The start of another year has inspired me to try some new things, and this dish is one of them. For one thing, this recipe is Asian inspired, a first for the blog. I liked the idea of starting the new year by trying to make food from a different part of the world, and the challenge of trying to add Caribbean flavors to an Asian dish was pretty exciting. It was also surprisingly easy as Vietnamese and Caribbean food actually overlap quite a bit! Fruits like mangoes and herbs such as mint are commonly used in both cuisines and both are featured in this recipe. The second new thing about this recipe is that it …

A Lesson from 2018… You Reap What You Sow

Happy New Year! 2019 is officially here! In the spirit of the new year, I’ve decided to do something a little different and devote this post to reflecting on 2018 and to setting an intention for the blog for 2019. I’m not a big fan of making new year’s resolutions because we tend not to stick to them, but I am a huge fan of being purposeful and intentional 365 days of the year. When I started Sweet & Sorrel, I intended for it to be a space for me to collect recipes and photos of all the food I enjoying making in my spare time. I had no idea what the blog would look like, or how to even start one. But I knew I wanted to learn. After lots of Googling and a many mistakes, I finally started my very first blog, but then encountered more hurdles as I tried to teach myself food photography. I started out using my iPhone to take pictures, and I did not use any software to edit …