Intro to Cooking: Savory Snack Platter

Right about now, I think all of us have at least three things in common. We’re finishing finals and we’re getting ready for the holidays, and therefore we have no time. I’m sure just about all of us are somewhere cold, too. And on top of that, we’re probably getting ready for some serious holiday eating. My recipe today is a quick, warm, and (dare I say) healthy way to break into the dining-hall free world of Winter Break.

The Ingredients:  Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Plantains

Sweet potatoes, as this recipe will prove, actually make for a very savory snack. Among other things, they are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene. Cauliflower is rich in folate and Vitamin C. Plantains are high in Vitamin A and potassium. Not only do these three foods power you with a wide variety of nutrients, they’re also pretty cheap and taste remarkably like junk food (if you cook them right, that is).


1 sweet potato
1 head of cauliflower
1 green, starchy plantain (the riper they are, the sweeter they are, so a really ripe plaintain will ruin this recipe)
1-2 TBS of the oil of your choice (my favorites are grapeseed or coconut oil)
Salt and pepper to taste

The recipe:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Scrub your sweet potato and wash your cauliflower. You may choose to blanch your cauliflower in boiling water, but this is optional.

3. Slice your sweet potato into ¼” thick pieces (keep the skins on!). Cut your cauliflower into florets. Peel and slice your plantain into about ¼” pieces as well.

4. Put your veggies in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, salt, and pepper to the mix. Fold until your veggies are lightly coated.

5. Spread your dressed veggies out on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake your veggies for about 35 minutes or until golden brown (if you usually like your French fries crispy, you can let your veggies get darker). Halfway through cooking time, you may want to flip ’em over to ensure even roasting.

Put on a tray, serve with a side of ketchup, and voila! You’ve got a dish even your pickiest friends will be able to pick at. This also works great if you’ve got a hankering for French fries, but want to save your calories for Christmas cookies. Either way, this savory dish has plenty of health benefits, so dig in. Merry Munching!

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