Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Vegan MOFO Day 2 - Spiced Up Sweet Potato Salad - Chow Locally Share Giveaway #1!

Each day I post a recipe, I will post the description and helpful info found on the Chow Locally Share box insert. That way you can learn a little bit more about the ingredients that you may not have known before. This week's box had a darn good variety. I love playing iron chef, so this theme makes me happy on so many levels. I'm starting off with a bang…a spicy bang. The box did not include the yams, but I did find some at my local Farmers Market. I am sure there will be some in future boxes!

The local produce items featured in today's recipe are:

Shishito Peppers from Crooked Sky Farms: This is a slightly sweet, Japanese variety of pepper that often can come with a kick when grown in hot, dry conditions. Store on the counter or in the fridge

Little Sweetie Onions from Crooked Sky Farms: These great onions are a staple ingredient for innumerable recipes. Store these in a cool, dry location, sigh as a pantry and away from any potatoes.


Spiced Up Sweet Potato Salad

Makes 6 servings

3 pounds garnet yams or sweet potatoes (approximately 4), scrubbed, unpeeled diced into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil

Spice Mix:

1 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
5-6 Shishito peppers*, minced (approx 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup sweet yellow onion, minced
1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Place diced yams in a pot with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes until yams are softened, but still a firm to the bite as they will be cooking further in the oven. Rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Make sure to drain well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a small bowl, combine chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Mexican Oregano, salt and pepper until will combined.

Place drained yams on a parchment lined rimmed cookie sheet. Toss with olive oil and half of the spice mix. Gently toss yams to coat. Spread in an even layer on cookie sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Gently turn yams and return to oven for another 10 minutes. Remove yams from oven and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice peppers, onion, cilantro and remaining spice mix. When yams are cool, gently toss them in the dressing until coated. Let chill for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

OK! It's time for the first giveaway of the month! One lucky local reader will have a chance to win a Chow Share! Here are the fine print on what you need to do to be eligible to win:

1 - You must live or be in the Phoenix area.

2 - You must be able to pick up your fresh produce on the day specified for  the pick up location you chose. (I will contact you with details on pick up locations/times).

3 - Leave a comment about what your favorite produce is and why on this post by midnight (AZ time) tonight. Please leave a way to contact you if you win on the post as well.

This contest is closed. The winner is #6 Anonymous. I don't have contact info for the winner. If the winner does not contact me by Friday, another winner will be selected at random, so please make sure to check back on this post to see if you won!




41 comments:

  1. My all-time favorite produce would be avocados because they are refreshing and full of nutrients. I also appreciate how versatile avocados are. I use them in smoothies in place of yogurt or milk to achieve the creamy texture without significantly altering the taste, to salad toppers. If I win the produce box I can be contacted via email at ashley.deatherage89@gmail.com.

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate,
    Ashley Deatherage

    P.S. the potato salad sounds delicious, thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. My favorite is Avocado. Why? well my dad worked for Calavo avocados so they were always in the house while I was growing up. Love "em. Cindy Perry

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  3. This recipe sounds good. Seweet Potatoes are the best.

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  4. For this list of ingredients, I especially like shishito peppers. They also make a great stand-alone tapas.

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  5. My favorite produce is for sure tomatoes!

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  6. I have to say my favorite fresh produce would be tomatos.

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    2. Hi Kim. I posted a comment about tomatoes to the blog and I think I won the food box. I am at SRP 602-236-8028. My comment was about tomatos being my favorite.
      Joy 602-236-8028.

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  7. I love love love yams. Steamed or baked they are the greatest. I cant wait to try your new salad recipe.

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  8. I love zucchini. I normally cook it with carmalized onions, garlic and herbs. I have also used my new veggetti to make zucchini noodles.
    Cherry 602-236-9824

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  9. I am interested in finding out more about this as I have been doing a wellness challenge and am using more vegetables in my diet than ever before.
    It would be interesting to have some different produce to learn with.
    I have been working with Kale a lot and am to make Kale chips. I also like Kale for salads and in recipes.
    This would be my current favorite vegetable.

    Dawn Cain
    480-236-1864

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  10. My favorite produce is kale because it's full of vitamins and makes a quick and healthy salad. I mix in garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese for a quick and healthy summer salad.

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  11. I like to take raw vegetables to work as snacks. My favorites are sliced red or yellow bell peppers. Jim Petersen, 602-236-3223

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  12. My favorite vegetable is eggplant, in all of its varieties. I love its versatility in different cuisines. Currently I am trying to use kale more. Our family's favorite kale right now seems be in veg stir fry.

    S. Armoogam 236-6988

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  13. My favorite procude would have to be cucumbers - a nice, crunchy addition to so many meals :-) Thanks for this great recipe! Janet Robertson 602 236 6865

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  14. I love cooking zucchinis. I season them with olive oil and some herbs and throw them on the grill pan. Easy and nutritious. 602-510-6114

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  15. This is a tough question - avocado and artichokes were my favorite. Thanks to Chow Locally, my new favorite is fennel. Slice the bulb and saute in olive oil with some onions. Yum! Nancy Starr-Cassidy, 602.236.3451.

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  16. Sweet Potatoes are my FAV! Costco carries a bag of organic grown sweet potatoes at a really good price when they are in season. Tim Sandberg 602-236-0443

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  17. I love carrots. They are so versatile! Great raw for snacking and wonderful glazed, roasted, or in soups or stews. Its one veggie I could always get the kids to eat! Janelle 602-236-6511

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  18. I heart artichokes. I usually steam them and eat with a lemon and butter mixture. I do want to try a stuffed artichoke with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and herbs- found a great receipe recently.

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  19. My favorite is also sweet potatoes. I am currently hooked on sweet potato fries which can be made by tossing sliced potatoes with olive oil and chili spices and roasting in the oven until they are super soft and taste like candy!
    Wendy 602-281-0086 (cell)

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  20. I love asparagus and avocados!! I can eat them by themselves or with an entre as a side.

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  21. POTATOES are my favorite! Any kind or color will add a delicious flavor to your meal. For baked potatoes, remember to scrub them so you can also enjoy the peel!

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  22. My favorite produce to use as as ingredient is spinach. I like to use it in salads or to make dips with or just use on a sandwich instead of lettuce. It has way more nutrional value than the iceberg lettuce and it tastes better too.
    My email is toriac75@gmail.com

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  23. My favorites are zucchini and butter lettuce though I have never met a vegetable that I disliked. I will try this sweet potato salad, thank you for the recipe and I cannot wait to see what you have tomorrow!

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  24. Home-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes are my favorite.

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  25. asparagus, Rob DuBois

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  26. Asparagus is very good. Jesse Sanchez

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  27. Gotta be the home-grown, vine-ripened tomato - said the girl from the midwest! Jackie G.

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  28. My favorite produce is mushrooms. I love sauteed mushrooms and onions for a quick side dish, or chopped up into sauces, soups and salads.

    Thanks, Crystal

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  29. My favorite is avocado! It is so versatile and brings so much flavor to whatever dish you are making. I love putting it in my sandwiches and who doesn't like guacamole?? 602.236.0217

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  30. Hrm, confused on the commenting box, hope I don't double post. Favorite for me is bell peppers! I pretty much put them in everything, great raw and cooked.

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  31. My favorite veggie is Spinach!
    Sheryl Heier

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  32. Beets! Beets are my favorite locally grown produce for their rooty waft and hearty hand. Great in salads, as a side, or as a main course. Steve Westwood ISB

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  33. I have to agree with avocado! So creamy, it's awesome in salads.
    Christy Burke

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  34. Beets, beets, beets. Love them hot or cold. Salads or side dishes or whatever. Mmmmmm
    Judy Jacobson

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  35. My favorite is sweet potatoes!

    Gayela Chapman
    602-236-2534

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  36. Hmmm...vine-ripened home-grown tomatoes, avocados, calavesas (zucchini), jalapenos...all terrific, but I think my favorite produce would be New Mexico green chilies. I add them to everything for a nostalgic reminder of eating at my grandma's house. Kelly May, 602-236-8754

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