Sweet Potatoes & Alfredo — Vegan Perfection!

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In flipping through Vegan Yum Yum, I’ve found that Lauren Ulm seems to have a hangup with kale.  It pops up in a ton of the recipes, from soups to bakes to noodle dishes.  Fortunately for me, I also happen to love kale and always have some around, whether fresh in the summer and fall or frozen over the winter.

So why am I babbling about kale when this is supposed to be a post about sweet potatoes?  Because kale and sweet potatoes are awesome together.  And Vegan Yum Yum proves this with the Creamy Sweet Potato Bake recipe.  Spiral pasta plus sweet potatoes plus kale, coated in vegan Alfredo sauce and baked.  That’s four of my favorite foods prepared together in one of my favorite ways!  It couldn’t be more perfect.

kitchenaid alfredo sauce
Plus, I got to play with the Kitchenaid.  Anyone who’s spent any length of time in my kitchen knows that I love an excuse to watch this blender do its thing.  It made the alfredo sauce deliciously creamy without any effort at all.

creamy sweet potato bake

Another thing I loved about this recipe is that it only takes 20 minutes to bake.  The pasta and sweet potatoes both need to be cooked beforehand, but then it all comes together pretty quickly.  Much as I love baked pasta, I sometimes get impatient waiting 30-40 minutes for some other recipes to cook!

sweet potato bake served 01
I don’t think there’s anything to dislike about this recipe.  The Alfredo sauce is flavorful and pretty close to “real” Alfredo, and the mixture of tastes and textures is wonderful.  And I think it’s hard to get sick of sweet potatoes and kale, whether together or on their own.

sweet potato bake served 02

Question for the comments: What’s your favorite way to use kale?

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Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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