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Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Seed Cheesy Bake

This delicious and simple Sweet Potato Cheesy Bake with Pumpkin Seeds recipe is as nutritious as it is flavourful, with comforting ingredients that will help you to have a good night's sleep.

From the book

Heather Thomas, Alina Tierney

Introduction

Tomatoes contain the phytonutrient lycopene. Research has shown that people with low levels of lycopene often have problems falling asleep. This bake combines sleep-friendly sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds and cheese.

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Ingredients

900g/2lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves stripped
2 tsp cumin seeds
250ml/9 fl oz vegetable stock
100ml/3½ fl oz half-fat crème fraîche
120g/4oz soft goat’s cheese, e.g. chèvre
4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
For the tomato sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Put the sweet potatoes in a large baking dish and sprinkle with the thyme leaves and cumin seeds. Add a grinding of black pepper and pour the stock over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes or until just tender but not mushy.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a large frying pan set over a low heat and cook the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon the tomato sauce over and around the sweet potatoes. Dot the top with small spoonfuls of crème fraîche and goat’s cheese. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and breadcrumbs.

Turn up the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 and cook for 15 minutes until the topping is crisp and golden.

Or you can try this . . .

Use pumpkin or butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes.

Add chopped fresh basil, parsley, chives or rosemary.

Instead of canned tomatoes, use 500 g/1 lb 2 oz juicy fresh ones.

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From the book: Eat to Sleep: 80 Nourishing Recipes to Help You Sleep Well Every Night

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