Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chipotle Cinnamon Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes with Easy-peasy Salmon

Get that Handy-Dandy Crock Pot back out!  That thing saves me every Monday. I wanted to try and make sweet potatoes in the crock pot this week and see how it turned out. It was good and it didn't take me an hour to cook dinner... Hallelujah!! Plus I came home after the last boot camp class of the day to my entire house smelling of cinnamon.... Yumm!

Except the Beagles were none too pleased with me as they weren't allowed to indulge in the sweet smells... Poor girls!
Look at those sweet faces... It's hard to say 'no' to them when they look like this!!!
But the Vet did say that they are the healthiest beagles she has ever seen!!! This 'no table scraps" rule must be doing the trick!!

Chipotle Cinnamon Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes


2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, melted
3 Sweet potatoes, cut into 2 inch cubes (mine were cut a little too small, it made them too soft)
1 red onion, diced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 tbsp cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Potatoes:
1. Grease your crock pot with about 1 tbsp of the olive or coconut oil.

2. Add sweet potatoes, onion, chipotle pepper, cinnamon, salt and pepper to crock pot.

3. Drizzle with the remaining amount of oil and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.

4. Set crock pot to med. heat for about 4-5 hours. Or if you need to cook them longer, set on low for 6- 7 hours.  You can turn the crockpot to warm until you are ready to serve the potatoes. 

I decided to serve my potatoes with salmon and an extra side of steamed veggies (broccoli and green beans). The salmon is super easy and I didn't have to dirty any extra dishes.... I hate doing the dishes after cooking. Is that why people eat out so much? To avoid the dishes??? They may be on to something :)

Wild Caught Salmon Filets (I cooked 2  6oz pieces, but only ate a 3 oz piece and handed the rest over to the man of the house)
2 tbsp Low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 large piece of tin foil
Pepper to taste

Directions for Salmon:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, add brown sugar and soy sauce and mix well.

2. On a large piece of tin foil, place the salmon (skin faced down) in the center of the foil. Fold up the sides of the foil, making a large lip on all sides so the soy sauce mixture does not spill over.

3. Pour over top, the soy sauce/brown sugar mixture and sprinkle over top the salmon the desire amount of fresh cracked pepper. Close up all open areas of the tin foil so it completely surrounds the salmon.

4. Place salmon on the center rack and bake for about 10-12 mins.  Pull the salmon out and open the foil at the top so you can completely see the top of the fish.  Turn your broiler on and place the salmon back in for another 2-3 mins. 

Voila.... the easiest marinade you will ever have to mix for fish! It adds a nice sweet and salty flavor to the salmon. Let me know what you think!!

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