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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 …

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 …

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 …

Passion Flower Waffles

Hi all, It’s been so long since I last posted. I spent the past few weeks traveling (yay) but caught a cold as soon as I returned (huge bummer!). I’m finally feeling well enough to start cooking real food again, and for my first meal, I made these Passion Flower Waffles! These waffles are inspired by my recent trip to Brussels, but I put a little twist on them by infusing the batter with passion flower extract. It’s an easy, fun recipe that will shake up your weekend pancake/waffle routine! I have so many amazing things to say about my trip to Brussels. I was awed by the architecture, the people, and of course, the food! We had a tour guide lead us around the city, and I learned so much. Before going to Brussels, I didn’t realize that the Belgian waffle and liege waffle were actually two different things. I thought both referred to the sweet round-shaped waffles that are made using pearl sugar crystals, but it turns out that’s only the liege waffle. …

Kabocha Squash Curry | Sweet & Sorrel

Kabocha Squash Curry

Happy Sunday! It’s officially fall here on the East Coast, which means it’s now squash season! This Kabocha Squash Curry is the perfect cold-weather meal. It’s healthy, hearty, and full of flavor. First, a confession: most West Indians aren’t familiar with the term squash. In Jamaica, we call every squash a pumpkin. Seriously! Butternut squash? That’s pumpkin to a Jamaican. Acorn squash? Yup, that’s pumpkin too. Spaghetti Squash? This is not very common in Jamaica but we’d probably call it pumpkin. And of course the traditional Halloween pumpkin is called a pumpkin. It can get pretty confusing! I remember one day after coming to the U.S., I was out grocery shopping with my mom and we were talking out loud, trying to figure out which of the items labelled “squash” was actually the West Indian pumpkin we were used to eating. A fellow shopper overheard our discussion and walked over to us, asking if we were Jamaicans. When we said yes, he said he knew we had to be because we were calling everything pumpkin. …

Seafoam Green Smoothie

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is pretty short, mostly because I need you all to go make this Seafoam Green Smoothie as soon as possible! This is NOT your typical green smoothie, it’s packed with a ton of unique ingredients that will help boost your energy all week. In addition to the green spirulina (hence the “Seafoam”), this smoothie has a little Caribbean twist because it uses frozen plantains and fresh coconut! This week has been pretty hectic. Work has been picking up and I also traveled to attend a friend’s wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and gave me a chance to reconnect with friends that I have not seen in a while. But now that I am back, I have so much work to catch up on! Since I was traveling, I was not able to meal prep this week, meaning all my meals will be based on what I have in my pantry and freezer. That also means that for breakfast this week, I will be eating a TON of smoothies like the …

Red Peas and Kale Stew

Happy Sunday! It’s October, which means soup season has officially arrived! This Red Peas and Kale Soup is hearty, flavorful, and takes no time at all to whip up! This soup is the definition of “comfort soup” and is guaranteed to keep you warm this fall. Soups are one of my favorite foods. There’s just something so comforting about a warm bowl of broth that combines many different flavors into one spoonful. People often associate soup with cold weather, and because of that, might not expect soup to be very popular in the Caribbean. But that’s not true at all! The Caribbean has many different types of soup, with some of the most popular being chicken foot soup (our version of a chicken noodle soup) and manish water (with goat and green bananas). The Caribbean is also famous for many different kinds of peas soups (in Jamaica, we say “peas” instead of “beans”). This recipe is loosely inspired by red peas soup, a thick and creamy soup traditionally made from uncooked red kidney beans that …

Banana Citrus Pancakes | Sweet & Sorrel

Spiced Banana Citrus Pancakes

Happy Sunday! What better way to start your Sunday than with these Spiced Banana Citrus Pancakes?! This pancake recipe screams “Fall is here!” and they are a delicious way to welcome in the cooler temperatures. If anyone asked me to name my favorite breakfast food, I would have a hard time deciding between pancakes or waffles. Both are just so fluffy and delicious (yes, I said fluffy!), that it’s hard to decide! But I promised a friend that I would feature a banana pancake recipe on the blog, so today, pancakes win out (but don’t worry waffle-lovers, I’ll make a waffle recipe soon!). Technically, I learned about pancakes long before I ever knew what a waffle was. That’s because my first introduction to “pancakes” were the banana fritters I used to make with my mom as a child in Jamaica. Our “pancakes” were a simple mix of mashed bananas and flour that we would form into long oval fritters and pan fry. Banana fritters are not as dense as pancakes (and we don’t add maple …

Tropical Root Vegetable Salad | Sweet & Sorrel

Tropical Root Vegetable Salad with Salsa Rosada Dressing

Hi lovelies! I took a week off from posting on the blog to work on some new recipes for the fall, and today I am back to share this Tropical Root Vegetable Salad with Salsa Rosada Dressing! This salad is packed with a colorful mix of fruits and roasted vegetables and is finished with my version of the popular Latin American sauce/salad dressing. It’s vibrant and fun! Read on to learn more. This past week away from the blog has been a bit sad, because I truly enjoy posting and hearing from you all every Sunday. But it has also been rewarding. This week has helped me to set a vision for the blog. I have always wanted Sweet & Sorrel to be a place where I can share a bit of myself through my food. My vision is to continue to post recipes inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean (which includes many different parts of the world since so many countries have influenced, or are influenced by, the Caribbean!). But I also want to challenge …