What makes a great woman? Is it her money? Her influence? Is it her devotion to her family or her ability to show grand restraint in times when her insides are fuming? A great woman means different things to each one of us, but at the end of the day, all definitions are linked to one simple notion, she is giving and kind. I feel privileged to be surrounded by amazing women, yes you.. the one reading this via Facebook ;)
For the first time in years, I have a sukkah in my backyard. I didn't build this sukkah - I can't take that credit; instead, a young mother of four did. She lent me her sukkah and took time off her busy family schedule as a means to ensure my little family has a sukkah. That sacrifice, that act of selflessness, or her ability to care for someone she barely knows, is what makes her a great a woman.
Today on the eve of sukkot, I ask, look around you, appreciate those women that we sometimes take for granted.
I found this recipe in a new cookbook called Eating Well (yes, I'm trying). I thought we can all use a simple warm sweet potato salad this fall season. It's simple, yummy, and wholesome. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS Serves 4 | Prep time 40 minutes.
- 3 lb, sweet potatoes
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
- ½ cup lime juice
- 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup of toasted pecans
- ½ cup minced green onions
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch- chunks.
- Put in a large baking pan, drizzle with 1 ½ tbsp. oil, sprinkle with ½ tsp salt and mix to coat.
- Spread potatoes in a single layer and bake, stirring occasionally, until tender when pierced, 25-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix lime juice, maple syrup, and remaining ½ Tbsp oil.
- Add hot roasted sweet potatoes to lime juice mixture, along with pecans, green onions, and cilantro.
- Mix well and season to taste with pepper and additional salt.
- Serve at once, or cool to room temperature and mix again before serving.