Fridays call for comfort food!

It sure has been one of those weeks here at Heroic Health headquarters… I guess it’s just the new significantly cooler weather we are facing these days, but something about it that sometimes just makes us want to crawl back under the covers and hibernate until spring.

But would we really be good health-promoters if we were to do that? Probably not.

So instead, we turn to comfort food! These foods vary greatly between people (there is something that someone out there has dreamed up for just about everyone), but they all seem to share one big thing in common – they are warm, hearty, and literally comforting. In fact, I find that they BEST comfort foods can be described as very comforting. D’uh, right?

But finding the greatest-of-the-great comfort food recipes isn’t always as easy as we may like. Either recipes contain mega-unhealthy ingredients like heavy cream or a full stick of butter, the instructions seem to not make sense, or other reasons… but whatever the case, one of my best friends came up with the solution a few days ago: “V, why don’t you just create a comfort food cookbook? Like one that people will actually read and use.”

Gasp. The simplicity of it kills me.

Why have I not done this yet?? Maybe I have a new project laying ahead of me for the new year now. In any case, this recipe is at the top of my favourite comfort foods list, and has been made many times over the years. I call it Coconut Oil-Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes, and let me warn you right away: these are dangerously tasty!

spiced sweet potato

Coconut Oil-Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes:

  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), cubed
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle powder
  • Turmeic, to taste (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees ºF
  2. Coat sweet potato cubes with coconut oil. Sprinkle seasonings on and toss until evenly coated.  Place in a shallow roasting pan in one layer.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until you reach the desired doneness and crispness


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