Recipe: Easy One-Pan Celery & Sweet Potato Medley – “Breakfast of Champions“
Most people probably remember the old “Wheaties” ad campaign which proclaimed the cereal to be “The Breakfast of Champions.” Prominent sports figures were featured on their boxes and TV ads and it was assumed that the wheat based cereal was key to their athletic advantage.
In fact, Wheaties is still around and still using that trademarked slogan even though it has never been particularly well explained just how a wheat cereal could provide such spectacular advantages to anyone’s diet. Wheat is an ancient staple that does provide some vitamins and minerals but it has come under scrutiny of late for being a major source of gluten, which many people cannot tolerate.
Wheat is a good source of fiber when not over-processed and bleached into white flour — which it is in millions of tons of cakes, cookies, breads sold through grocery stores every year. This high-glycemic combination of wheat with sugar and salt, along with gluten intolerance has knocked wheat off the pedestal of “Breakfast Championship” for good.
Enter the new breakfast champions: Vegetables and Fruits. In fact these nutritional blockbusters completely own the healthy breakfast podium and have also kicked out “bacon and eggs” and all other animal derived, high cholesterol heart attack fodder. All animal derived dairy should be banished too — replaced those with oat milk, almond milk yogurt, and soy buttery spread. There are many more non-animal derived alternatives now on the grocery shelves and any of them are much better than the dairy products of yesteryear.
I realize that animal derived meat and dairy are still around and still being processed and packaged into all kinds of breakfast foods — but I don’t understand why people are still buying and eating this stuff. Not when vegetables and fruits and delicious foods made from them are readily available, inexpensive and far better for your health and the health of the planet.
Time to enter two of my lifetime favorites — celery and sweet potato — into the breakfast ring. These two flavors and textures are so perfect together and their nutritional impact is out of this world. Both are loaded with vitamin A and C, endless micronutrients and that latest world champion: fiber. There is no way that cereals and animal derived products can hold a candle to them.
Celery is even better cooked and braised than eaten raw and Sweet potato is fabulous when sauteed in a little olive oil. Add these two superstars together along with some onion, garlic and a touch of Rosemary, and nothing could be better for breakfast:
Easy One-Pan Celery & Sweet Potato Medley
- 2 cups – chopped leafy celery tops
- 1 small onion – red, white or yellow
- 1 medium (about 6-8 ounce) sweet potato (or a large if serving more than 2)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- spices: Rosemary (dried or fresh), salt and pepper
- Optional – Have any left overs like a half of a bell pepper or a lonesome jalapeno hanging out in the fridge? Chop them up and toss them in the mix.
- Set a large frying pan on medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil swirled and waiting.
- But first, be sure to either bake or microwave the sweet potato til softened or almost done before chopping and adding to the pan (this is because raw sweet potato takes too much longer to cook than the other ingredients). Allow to cool slightly then scoop the ‘meat’ out of the potato skin and chop into 1 inch cubes. Add to pan.
- Coarsely chop the celery tops and the onion — chop the garlic cloves more finely — and add all to the pan.
- Drizzle the remaining Olive oil over all and stir.
- Now sprinkle the rosemary (I think dried is best in this case, adds some interesting crunch) and salt and a goodly amount of pepper.
- Cover with a lid — maybe lower the heat just a tad — and let it all simmer and soak up flavor for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Serve along with coffee/hot tea, orange juice, buttered toast, and maybe a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt…
- Enjoy! (this recipe also makes a great lunch or dinner entre’)