Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the ultimate foodie holiday, but also quite difficult for those trying to be healthy. Every year, it has been my goal to bring a healthy and innovative dish to my family’s Thanksgiving table. I like starting my holiday with a nice turkey trot around the neighborhood or an intense turkey burn at my local Anytime Fitness. Needless to say, by the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I’m ready for a healthy, yet festive snack to tide me over until turkey dinner.
I present this recipe with nothing but the best intentions – simple and wholesome ingredients prepared in a new, fun way. Perhaps this appetizer will introduce you to a new flavor profile, a sort of sweet-savory taste. I love the contrast of this dish – sweet, tart, rich flavors and soft, crunchy, crisp textures. There is absolutely no room to waste calories at Thanksgiving, and coming in at just 129 calories per three medallions, you surely won’t!
Apple Walnut Sweet Potato Bites
Makes ~8 Servings (3 medallions)
- 3 medium sweet potatoes (~1 ½ lbs)
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/8 – ¼ cracked red pepper
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped into pieces
- 2 granny smith apples, cored and diced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
- Scrub and rinse sweet potatoes with vegetable brush. Cut sweet potatoes into ¼ – ½ inch medallions.
- Brush tops of sweet potatoes with olive or coconut oil. Bake medallions on lined baking sheet until tender (~25-30 minutes).
- Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in coconut sugar, red pepper, salt, and walnuts. Continue to heat on medium until mixture starts to thicken and caramelize. Remove from heat and pour onto a piece of parchment. Break into pieces once completely cooled.
- Cut apples and toss with lemon juice and chives. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Top sweet potato medallions with apple mixture and sprinkle with nuts. Drizzle with olive oil. Serve.
Nutrition Information (3 medallions): 129 Calories | 7g Total Fat (1g Sat Fat) | 17g Total Carbs | 3g Fiber | 9g Sugar | 2g Protein