Due to all of the low carb diets out there, potatoes have gotten a bad rap when in fact they are quite healthy and good for your body. Both sweet potatoes and yams are highly nutritious they both contain approximately 6 grams of fiber per cup and both are high in vitamin C and iron which ate essential for a strong immune system. Leeks which are a cousin to the onion and garlic may help with anemia, heart disease, lower blood pressure and helps aid in pre menstrual syndrome and control hot flashes in menopause. They are high in vitamin A, iron, calcium and magnesium. Sage, which is an herb that is in this recipe, (and also a personal favorite if mine) is a great antioxidant and free radical which may help slow the aging process. When drunk regularly, sage tea is beneficial for reducing hot flashes. A typical gratin is loaded with butter, cream or milk, I promise you that you won’t miss any of those ingredients in this yummy dish!
-1 pound yams, peeled and sliced thinly
-1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
-1 large leek or 2 medium leeks, sliced thinly
-2 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped or 2 tsp. dried (I highly recommend using fresh)
-4 Tbsp. unrefined (so there is no coconut flavor) coconut oil
-Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
-Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
-Leeks tend to have a lot of dirt hidden in its leaves so once sliced, place in a large bowl with cold water. Keep rinsing and straining until no more dirt is left behind.
-In a large pan, heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil and add leeks. Cook until leeks are soft, and add salt to your liking. Last minute of cooking, add the sage.
-Oil a 9 x 13 or 8 x 11 baking dish, place yams over the bottom of pan, salt to your liking. Add half of leeks over yams then add sweet potatoes over leeks and remaining leeks.
-Drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp. of oil over top and cover with aluminum foil.
-Place in oven for 40 minutes and half way through uncover and remove foil.
-While still hot, sprinkle Parmesan cheese to your liking.
If you’d like, experiment with herbs and spices, add nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin spice for a true autumn flavor. I love serving this for Thanksgiving or a Halloween party. But can be served anytime of year! Enjoy and butterfly kisses to all!