Normally, if I told you I took my 2 year old out of the house without a coat on in December you would probably call me a bad parent. But as it just so happens, its not only been raining like crazy for the last week, but it has also been 65 degrees! I am starting to seriously doubt the possibility of us having a white Christmas this year. Especially because I still have a yard full of gorgeous green grass. But no matter what it looks like outside, we have been busy getting the house ready for Christmas – the tree is up, a few presents are wrapped, and Christmas music is on repeat. We started a fun new tradition this year – 24 wrapped books about Christmas, Winter, and Snow. Each night Ladybug gets to pick out a book and we read it by the tree. She loves it. It is adorable.
I thought I would try my luck with another spicy sweet potato dish. Different from what we normally do, I liked the fun combination of flavors! The peanut butter in the sauce shines through (I scaled back on the siracha for Ladybug, but both Joel and I agreed that is was better with more kick to it). Joel didn’t even attempt to eat the sweet potatoes (the punk) and Ladybug decided she didn’t care for it at all. I however, really enjoyed this unusual dish. It is thick and creamy, with a great combination of flavors. So if you are in the mood for something spicy and different, this is a fun pick. And pile on as much Sriracha sauce as you can take.
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes 1 TBSP olive oil 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp sugar 8 ounces rigatoni pasta 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter 3 ounces cream cheese 2 tsp Sriracha Sauce 1 TBSP soy sauce 6 green onions, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 450F. Oil a rimmed baking sheet. Place sweet potatoes, olive oil, sugar, chili powder, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until combined. Spread the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, cream cheese, soy sauce, and sriracha. Whisk until smooth, adding 3/4 of the pasta water, until heated through and smooth. If the mixture is too thick, stir in additional water. Stir in most of the green onions. Top the pasta with the sweet potatoes, sauce, and remaining green onions. Enjoy!
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.