Recipes: Side Dishes/ Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes / Broccoli With Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts

Two Healthy Sides !

 Whip up these irresistible sides that will have your friends and family reaching for seconds and thirds! The sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to rich, mashed potatoes. Add broccoli to the mix to boast some impressive cancer-fighting properties with sulforaphane. Get your plates ready!

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In small bowl, combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.

Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.

Makes 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 96
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 118 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 1 g

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Broccoli With Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts


  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, or chopped slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium, dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the nuts, onion, vinegar, and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 102
Total Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 166 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 9 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 3 g

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