sweet potato-broccoli hash

I started a cleanse last Sunday that required me to eliminate meat, dairy & grains for one week. The first couple of days were really tough, and I was running out of ideas for meals, and then I came across (this) blog.  I saw a broccoli recipe that looked interesting, but as usual, I didn't have all of the ingredients. I used what I had on hand, tweaked a few things and came up with this sweet potato-broccoli hash.

I'm not sure that I've ever been so excited about vegetables before. You guys, this is so good. So, so good. If you don't like sweet potatoes, try it with a couple of small yukon gold ones. The first time I made it I used them, and it was just as good.

1 sweet potato, chopped into medium sized pieces
1 crown of broccoli, cut into pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 tsp sambal oelek (asian chili paste)
2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup whole raw almonds

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place the sweet potatoes in a baking dish, season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 2 tsp. of olive oil. Stir and then roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in mixing bowl mix the rest (2 tbsp.) of the olive oil, salt & the sambal oelek. (If you like spicy foods, then use 2 tsp. of the sambal oelek, otherwise 1 tsp.) Add the broccoli, and toss to coat it. Remove the potato from the oven, and add the broccoli to the same dish. Give everything a stir to mix it all together. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp. Meanwhile, over medium heat, warm the almonds in skillet, stirring around occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until you can smell them. Let cool on a cutting board, and then roughly chop them. Sprinkle over the potato & broccoli, and serve.

Notes: Depending on the size of the sweet potato, this dish could serve 1 or 2, or if you wanted to serve it as a side, it would probably serve 4. I've been eating it as a meal, so I buy a small sweet potato and a small broccoli crown & I always end up eating all of it, because it's so good! If you use a larger potato, add a few minutes to the cooking time before you put the broccoli in. Also, if you've never heard of sambal oelek before, (here) is what it looks like. It can be found on the International aisle of most grocery stores.


  1. We love sweet potatoes and it is one of the few veggies that all four of us will eat. Looks delicious-

  2. YUM! This looks great Hollie.

    P.S. My mom has been loving your spiced chickpeas! She's on a strict gluten-free, dairy-free, no tomatoes, no potatoes diet for arthritis...but she can eat the chickpeas.

  3. Hello, I've just landed on your blog after a few clicks. Yum! Everything looks delicious! I did a big liver detox before christmas (4 weeks! No grains, no sugar, no dairy, no red meat, no pretty much anything yummy!) Felt amazing afterwards though. Hope yours goes well. Kellie xx

  4. This sounds mighty tasty and pretty healthy! I'll have to keep it in mind this week :)

  5. I'm bookmarking this recipe! thanks for sharing.

  6. Looks so good girly! Thanks for sharing.


  7. I want to eat healthier this year & learn to like more vegetables. I've been wanting to try some new dishes so that I don't get tired of the ones I already like. I definitely have to add this to the list. It looks pretty darn tasty!

  8. yum!!! go you and your cleanse!!

  9. Argh! Everything on your blog makes me so so hungry :)

  10. yummmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy., it's mak me hungry., lol.,

  11. ups., sorry., it's mean it's make me hungry., xD

  12. So happy to have found your blog (via Dancing Branflakes). Gonna go exploring the recipes now... :)

  13. I love meat & dairy, but this makes me think I could give them up for a week!

  14. thanks for the sweet comments, everyone!

    Kelly - Maybe try a new veggies every couple of weeks, or once a month? My favorite for veggies is roasting. It adds so much flavor.

    Barbara & dear olive - Hi & welcome!

    Allison - it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I will never give up meat or dairy, but now I'm a little more mindful of what kind of meat & dairy I eat and how often I eat it.

  15. Lovely post!