Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paleo Maple Roasted Pears & Sweet Potatoes

To be perfectly honest, both pears and sweet potatoes are perfectly sweet without any maple syrup, particularly when they're roasted. When you make a glaze with the syrup and a little butter, ghee or coconut oil, however... WOW. My kids couldn't get enough of this side dish!

I served it alongside simple pork chops, and drizzled the excess glaze over the meat. The kitchen smelled great while these were roasting and there wasn't a single bite left over after dinner.

Paleo Maple Roasted Pears & Sweet Potatoes

4 medium and firm pears, peeled, cored & cut into chunks
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375.

Place pear and sweet potato chunks in a large bowl. Melt butter or coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. Add maple syrup and allow to cook just until bubbling.

Remove from heat and pour over pear and sweet potato. Season mixture with cinnamon and salt, tossing to thoroughly coat. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan covered in aluminum foil.

Place in oven and cook for about 40 minutes (or until sweet potatoes are your desired level of softness), stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

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