Maple Sweet Potato Hash & Fried Chickpeas

I outdid myself with this one.

My weekend was pretty packed with awesome things: hosted a PlateShare video conference, went to the farmer’s market, watched Silver Linings Play Book (yeah weird love!), spent time daydreaming in Bryant Park (the Charlotte one, not the Chicago one), presented a nutrition lecture at Flywheel Charlotte, watched my Elephant Journal article move to the popular page (wee!), POPPED MY LEFT HIP THANK GOD, ate a Sunday feast prepared by Adam, etc. So when I say that this Saturday brunch was perhaps the highlight, rest assured it is a true winner (winner chickpea dinner).

So in addition to making this sweet potato hash, here is your weekly to-do list:

Bryant Park

If you’re in Charlotte… Bryant Park is definitely one of the best views of Charlotte from my hood and I’ve never felt a need to drop by. I popped in yesterday and will post up here daily once the weather creeps above 60 degrees (which right now feels like it will never happen). I think someone could have the coolest wedding ever up there and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t Google it and it no one has so… Dibs.

Moxy Madness at Midnight

For Charlotte locals… Adam and I are teaming up with the ladies of Moga Yoga, the Fight Gone Mad crew and Moxy Events for a four-hour yoga rave on Saturday, March 9. Two words: glow sticks. Sign up here:

Crepe Cellar

Also if you’re in Charlotte… I’ve avoided this restaurant forever because I just have this idea of crepes being super heavy and cheesy and not vegetarian-friendly. I was wrong. I had a PlateShare meeting there and couldn’t even focus beyond the seriously killer meal that accompanied it: roasted brussels sprouts with pesto, spinach goat cheese crepe and a date arugula salad with FRIED MANCHEGO.

Elephant Journal

If you’re in the yoga world, odds are you read Elephant. Last week I wrote a piece on the intersection of yoga and disordered eating for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. You can read it here: Beyond the Body.

Tone It Up

Another thing I’ve avoided and kind of wish I hadn’t (this appears to be a habit): Tone It Up workouts. To be honest, I kind of hate the names of the workouts (ex. Itty Bitty Bikini) and the overall excessive girly-ness of it all. I also think their website is poorly organized making the workouts a hassle to track down. However, I finally started doing their workouts last week and I’m a believer. I don’t subscribe to their nutrition plan but from what I can see they promote a whole-food/real-food approach, which I can appreciate. Check ‘em out. (I’ve saved a lot of their workouts to one easy-to-find public Google doc folder.)

OK. Now that your week is full, here’s your sweet potato hash…

Maple Sweet Potato Hash & Fried Chickpeas
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Serves: 2

  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • salt to taste

  1. Toss diced sweet potato in 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive)
  2. Arrange sweet potato on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown
  3. Meanwhile, warm 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over med-high heat
  4. Add rinsed and dried chickpeas to the oil and let cook until crispy and brown, stirring frequently (about 10-12 minutes)
  5. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, toss in maple syrup
  6. Pour the chickpeas onto a paper towel to soak up extra oil and add the sweet potatoes into the now empty skillet
  7. To the sweet potatoes add the baby kale and cook just a couple minutes until it’s wilted
  8. Mix in chickpeas and add salt to taste
  9. Served with walnut honey goat cheese toast, fried egg and a side salad

10 thoughts on “Maple Sweet Potato Hash & Fried Chickpeas

  1. crepe cellar is the best restaurant in charlotte, hands down. oh, and i think they recently made a transition to make all their crepes GF. just saying…

  2. I love fried chickpeas, I’ll have to try making them at home! Do they make the whole house smell like fried chickpeas though? And I just can’t get on board with TIU girls, I don’t know why, I think because I hate the disorganized website and also their workouts are too short and the moves are almost TOO compound for them to work with my body. I’m addicted to though, she combines pilates with HIIT training and it works for me!

  3. This chickpea recipe looks great….I just bought a bunch of Kale, so I think I’ll have to try this out.

    And I totally agree about Tone It Up, bad name/website but great workouts! I’ve saved them to my newsstand on my phone so I can pull them up whenever.

  4. This recipe sounds delightful! Will definitely be trying this week.

    Thanks for making the google doc folder with all the TIU workouts. I agree about the names and “girly-ness” of it all, but their workouts are pretty awesome regardless.

  5. Thanks for the link to the TIU workouts! I’ve been trying some of them out myself, and while I don’t really mind their “image” or whatever, I agree that it’s freakin’ hard to get around the website, which seems to function 90% as a way to get you to drop $150 on their food plan. Whomp.

  6. I was excited when I was pretty sure you were going on the Bachelor, but then really bummed when I realized it meant you wouldn’t be around for a few months. So glad you’re back!

  7. Incredible and very open piece on the Elephant. Thank you, thank you for sharing your thoughts on something so many of us go through or have been through.

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