You know what I realized today? I realized that sweet potatoes need to be eaten with fat. I mean, not only do they spike to divine taste levels with some fat, but they have a soaring content of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A which is a fat-soluble vitamin. This occurred to me as I was ecstatically savoring my post-lunch dessert of a sweet potato. I had baked it in the skin, sliced it open, slathered it in coconut oil, and sugar-coated it with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spice. I was almost in a euphoric state over the deep orange hue, the pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth silkiness and the aromatic pie flavor of each bite. It was like a symphony in my mouth. The sweet potato was singing to me in all its buttery suaveness, and it was as though it was made for the coconut oil and the coconut oil for it. Except they actually were made for each other. God didn’t just say “It is good.” Oh no. God said “It is best enjoyed decadently, and just to make sure that you get the unexpurgated experience, I will create it in such a way that you will only get the full nutritional value by adding fat.” Thank you God.
But all this talk of the post-meal dessert should not completely rob the actual lunch of its spotlight. Because lunch was really perfect as well.
Kale Salad with Tuna and Cranberry Horseradish
2 cups chopped kale (any variety)
1 can white tuna
1/2 of a gala apple
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
3/4 of an avocado
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
3 tsp cranberry horseradish (Harbor Creek Farms has a good one)
Lay the kale in your dish and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over it. (The vitamin C in the lemon and the vitamins in the kale are also a delicious and nutritional match made in heaven!) Drain your tuna and mash it with the avocado and cranberry horseradish. Add in the fresh cilantro. Lay over the bed of kale and squeeze a bit more lemon juice for good measure. Chop or slice the apple on top. Coat with the sunflower seeds and enjoy!
Bonus: If you want to hear a strange song about an avocado, listen to Jens Lekman’s “Your Arms Around Me”