Sage Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Rice

Sweet potatoes roasted with fresh sage and garlic and tossed with black rice for a comforting winter side dish recipe.
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My husband and I don’t dumb down our use of language for our children. Instead, we tell them like it is, explaining fully that the little openings in the car seats where the buckles poke through lead to the great abyss from which fallen LEGOS may never return, and then giving a lesson on what the word “abyss” means to a four-year-old. Scientific terminology and processes are usually headed up by Ole, and I take on linguistics and social sciences, with both of us filling in the gaps in reasoning that remain. (Though I admit that I allow the cute language-learning processes go untouched for as long as possible because hearing “got for” rather than “forgot” or “you make me funny” instead of “you make me laugh” makes me funny, indeed.) My children learn quickly that the answer to any “why” question will be a lengthy one, complete with bulleted examples and the occasional PowerPoint presentation.

We take a similar approach to difficult subjects: honest and straightforward. Sure, there are times when it might be nice to shield their virgin eyes from the horrors of the real world, but this simply does not appeal to me. For example: Santa is not real. People are starving, and no red-suited man is heading there to hand out food and clean water. I alone hold the keys to what you get for Christmas, dear children, and the true spirit of Christmas is not in the getting, but in the giving.

It is with this same reasoning in mind that I relate to you the following: I am not ready for the holidays. Call me Ebenezer if you must, but I simply cannot do Christmas cookies just yet. I refuse to buy a tree for the kids to decorate until we’re a good week and a half into December, and while this may sound like Scrooge-ish behavior, really I just hate when they start to drop their needles before the big day arrives.

I delight in the fact that my youngest proclaims this to be “the best Christmas ever” when he sees even the sparsest of Christmas lights displays, for if that is all it takes to be the “best ever,” he is seldom going to be disappointed in this world.
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While others may be sugar-coating the back of their hand so that you may lick it and proclaim its brilliance, I am just not there yet. Instead, I have rice. Black rice at that. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate are just around the corner, but please, allow me the luxury of enjoying the sunshine today, even if it is paired with a snow-covered earth.

Sage and garlic coat sweet potatoes and join the fragrant and slightly sweet purple-hued rice in a comfortingly warm dish that wants to keep you company this winter. Oh my gosh, winter is coming. Please send the elves.
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This post is sponsored by Hinode and SunFoods. They send me money and bags of rice in exchange for writing the truth about Santa. It’s a good partnership, especially because we like rice an awful lot, and you can find their products in supermarkets and supercenters and super places all over.

3-4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh sage, julienned
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups uncooked black rice, cooked according to package directions

Preheat the oven to 425º F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment (this is essential to collect the drippings later). In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potato chunks, the olive oil, sage, garlic, and salt. Toss to coat the potatoes completely.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer over the baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes until they are cooked through and the edges are turning golden brown. Remove the sheet from the oven and toss the potatoes, as well as all the garlic and oil drippings with the rice. Stir well and serve warm.

Makes 6 servings.
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  1. This looks delicious.

  2. You had me at sage.

    We only got our first snow today, that lasted anyway. Up til now I’ve been in denial over winter. Pumpkins still flank my doorstep, albeit, frozen pumpkins. 😉

    I’ll probably be ready to embrace Christmas right around the time you are, so until then, pass the rice. It looks scrumptious.

  3. LuvedinItaly says:

    LEGOS and an abyss. Just how big is this abyss? This sweet potato recipe will be made before the weekend. Is there an accompanying recipe for the chicken? Grazie mille!

    • Of course!

      1 whole chicken cut in pieces
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1 teaspoon kosher salt
      1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
      3 tablespoons fresh chopped sage

      Rub all pieces of chicken with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then press the sage on so that it sticks.

      Preheat and scrape down your grill, then bring to a temp of 350º F (medium heat). Place the pieces skin side up and allow them to grill for about 15 to 20 minutes checking occasionally for flareups. Use a meat thermometer and continue grilling until the internal temps reach about 150º. Then turn the heat to medium high and flip the chicken to the skin side to crisp. Remove the chicken when the temp in the breast and thigh reaches 160º, and cover with foil for 10 minutes before serving.

  4. I’ve always preferred the straightforward approach and although I may not be ready for the crazy season ahead I am ready for cookies and cocoa. 😉

  5. I love sweet potatoes and this looks scrumptious, Shaina!

  6. It’s better they learn about that tricky car abyss early on – I think I have about $50 in change plus a bunch of plastic silverware hiding somewhere under/around my car seats. Send the elves to help with that, please!

  7. I don’t feel ready yet either. In fact, I forced putting the decorations up simply because I happened to have an extra pair of hands here to help, and I couldn’t face doing it on my own. We love black rice, but I’ve never prepared it at home. I’ll have to look for this brand at my grocery store, because this looks delicious.

  8. I went shopping over the weekend and wanted to weep a little when I heard the Christmas music. I’m glad I’m not alone in wanting to put off Christmas for a while longer. I’ll happily take this recipe over Christmas cookies!

  9. A stunning combo – color and flavor! This looks delicious Shaina.

  10. When my son was 6, his friend called him over to look at something. Sam stopped halfway there and said with suspicion, “Is this a ruse?”
    Still cracks me up. If we’re gonna shield them from anything, let’s not worry about “big” words. A word is just a word, right?
    Also, love the colors. I’m going to have to buy the black rice. I think I’ll eat slower (a vice of mine) because it looks so pretty.

  11. Gorgeous recipe–love the color contrast!

  12. What a gorgeous and easy recipe Shaina – love the combination of sage and sweet potatoes in this dish.

  13. Absolutely beautiful. I love cooking with black rice – it’s so pretty with the sweet potatoes!

  14. I was wondering what else I could do with black rice, great idea!

  15. I just recently fell in love with sage and want to put it in everything!

  16. The combination of sweet potatoes and black rice looks very pretty. Did you a particular kind/brand of black rice?

  17. I love the pairing of sweet potato and sage- it’s the perfect autumn match!

  18. Easy,quick and effortless recipie. Intresting to cook and eat, Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipie.


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