This happened by accident this morning. I’m experimenting with eating more gluten free things, or rather, trying to drag myself out of the spaghetti-filled haze I got stuck in since winter due to lack of time and brain space!
I’m not usually a big fan of sweet potato, but it’s one of those foods I’ve been inspired to give another try lately. I had no recipe for this, but it came together quickly and was one of those empty out the pantry kind of meals. Super easy and now I’m addicted! I want sweet potato everything!

Sweet Potato Coconut Garlic Mash


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut butter (I made mine myself)
  • 1.5 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 handful shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • salt, to taste


  1. Bring a saucepan full of water to a boil.
  2. While the water is heating up, peel and chop the sweet potato into small cubes.
  3. Boil until soft. Strain and set aside.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low.
  5. Add the coconut butter and stir, immediately add a splash of water (about 1/4 cup) to keep the coconut butter from burning.
  6. Add the cooked cubed sweet potato back in and stir.
  7. Combine with the shredded coconut, garlic powder and salt.
  8. The sweet potato will mash itself as you stir. Serve alone or with your vegetables of choice.


Almost as delicious was my main entree I made for lunch, which I made by boiling red lentils until soft, then setting the lentils aside and sauteing some onions, garlic and ginger with a splash of olive oil. The lentils get added back at this point with some chopped kale from my balcony and a handful of soy mince, cubed eggplant and chopped tomatoes, salted to taste. So yummy. If you’re curious, I do feel less tired after eating this, but I also had a big cup of black tea. 😉 Here’s a photo of my whole meal:
Curious about making your own coconut butter? It’s easy! You just take dried coconut flakes, shreds, etc. and put them in the food processor and run it until it’s a paste. Pour into a jar and voila! Homemade coconut butter! It will harden up when it cools, but soften again with heat.