Thursday, February 21, 2013
Today is Sweet potato day, the sweet potato is packed with nutrition and the orange sweet potato is being introduced to countries in Africa to help fight malnutrition. I am joining bloggers all over the internet are devoting posts to this vegetable to raise awareness about malnutrition and how access to sweet potatoes can save lives.
I personally have never had to question where my next meal was coming from. I did not grow up impoverished or in an urban area where that was a food desert (lack of availability of grocery stores, fresh produce, etc). But in developing nations around the world, malnutrition continues to be a killer.
Annually malnutrition caused 3.6 million child deaths which accounts for more than one third of all deaths of children under five ( The Lancet, “Maternal and Child Undernutrition,” Special Series, January, 2008). And in 2010, 171 million children under the age of five had stunted growth as a result of chronic malnutrition.
These numbers are astounding and as a ONE mom, I feel that it is important to raise my voice. Last November I had the opportunity to speak to my representatives about the importance of mot cutting the less than 1% of the US budget devoted to foreign aid because millions could lose access to Food, medication and AIDS treatment.
I'm asking you to send a letter to congress to help keep these children alive. It is simple all you have to do is visit ONE and a template is set up for you. And PLEASE sign the petition to provide access to food for these children.
After giving just a few minutes to save millions of lives, try my sweet potato burger recipe. Your tastebuds will love you for it! And be sure to check out the scrumptious recipes prepared by all of the bloggers participating in Sweet potato day!
Sweet Potato Burgers
1 medium cooked sweet potato (I pierced mine with a fork and cooked in microwave for 6 minutes)
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Tahini
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop cooked sweet potato out of skin and place in medium sized bowl. Place walnuts (or whichever nut you favor) in food processor and coarsely chop, add to sweet potato. Add coconut flour, egg, spices and tahini. Mix well. Form into patties and place on wax paper on cookie sheet. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and Enjoy!
For more great sweet potato recipes visit the fabulous bloggers participating in Sweet Potato Day!
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos from This Week for Dinner
Truffle Sweet Potato Frites from Savory Sweet Life
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Stew from Chefdruck
Honey Sweet Potato Biscuits from Food for My Family
What's Gaby Cooking and Sweet Potato Day
Women and Work and Sweet Potato Day
World Moms Blog and Sweet Potato Day
Go Graham Go and Sweet Potato Day
Cranberry Sweet Potato Crumb Cake from Barbara Bakes
Bourbon and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes from Boston Mamas
Documama and Sweet Potato Day
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding from Eat the Love
Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potatoes and Sausage from Kitchen Gadget Girl
Sweet Potato Love To Help End World Hunger from Love That Max
Celebrating Sweet Potato Day with Mom Trends
Sweet Potato Chili from Righteous Bacon Cooking
Sweet Potatoes for Picky Eaters from Rookie Moms
Sweet Potatoes and Global Health from Third Eye Mom
Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Kielbasa ONE Skillet Bake from Tickled Red Sweet, Dude,
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash from Helen Jane
Oh My Sweet Potato Apple Bake from Bowl Licker
Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin from Non-Reactive Pan
Sweet Potato Fries from When You Wake Up a Mother (also found on Million Moms Challenge)