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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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Carrot Yogurt Popsicles | Sweet & Sorrel

Carrot Coconut Yogurt Popsicles

Hey all! This is the last weekend of August, and that means summer is coming to an end…or it’s supposed to! But the weather here in D.C. is HOT. I mean the kind of hot that makes me not want to turn my stove or oven on at all! Which means it’s the perfect time for Carrot Yogurt Popsicles! These simple Popsicles are the perfect way to beat the heat– they are easy to make, delicious, and healthy! They are an awesome option for breakfast or a quick snack. I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that my mom and I love to make fresh juices, especially fresh carrot juice. It is a labor intensive process but SOOO worth it. Fresh carrot juice tastes so good! My mom would convince me to help her make the juice by telling me that it would help my eyesight, which was destroyed after years of reading books. Nerdy, I know! I bought my mom’s story and was her willing assistant. Drinking all that carrot juice didn’t have …