Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Tarragon Tahini

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Tarragon Tahini

July 9, 2019   |  by Shannon   |   Recipes

One of my best best (not a typo!) friends told me a few weeks ago that she was looking for a good sweet potato recipe, and was wondering if I had one here at Macarons and Mimi. Since I use sweet potatoes quite frequently in my cooking, my immediate response was “Oh absolutely!”

But then I thought for a minute and realized, NO!  I did NOT yet have a sweet potato recipe on the site!

I couldn’t believe it.  So I immediately set out to remedy the situation.  Thanks to my friend’s request, my new favorite sweet potato recipe was born!

Another dear friend of mine further helped inspire this recipe.  This friend lives in France, and was kind enough to bring me a gift on her latest visit to the US: she brought me Herbs de Provence!!!  FROM FRANCE!!!!  What better place to get this classic French herb blend? Seriously, how lucky am I??!!!

If one of your best friends doesn’t live in France, this is a really great brand if you’re looking to purchase some Herbs de Provence.  And look at the super cute jar it comes in!  So adorable.

If you can't get it from a friend in France, this is a great brand to re-stock your Herbs de Provence with! Click the photo to view!

And so with sweet potatoes on my mind, and fresher than fresh Herbs de Provence in hand, I created this recipe, thanks to the inspiration of two of my dearest friends. Thanks guys!!!!

This tarragon tahini sauce compliments the Herbs de Provence and the sweetness and bite of the potatoes perfectly!  I just love this sauce, and I love it even more drizzled over these sweet potatoes!

I developed this recipe with white sweet potatoes because I generally prefer the flavor and texture of them over orange sweet potatoes, particularly when roasting.  Orange sweet potatoes in my experience are less sweet, and though that color is gorgeous, they always end up…well a little mushier…even after roasting, than white sweet potatoes.

White Sweet Potatoes. The color isn't as eye-catching, but I usually prefer the texture and flavor over orange sweet potatoes!
Orange Sweet Potatoes. Still delicious, but unless they're my sweet potato fries, I'll usually use white sweet potatoes.

That said, if you try this recipe with orange sweet potatoes, I’d love to hear how you like it!

Oh hey, and did I mention this dish is vegan and gluten free?!

White or orange sweet potato, make this delicious recipe next time you have a craving!  I’m sure it will hit the spot! (:

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Tarragon Tahini Sauce

This sweet potato recipe was inspired by two of my best friends! Next time you have a sweet potato craving, I'm sure this recipe will hit the spot!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the potatoes:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced to ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion salt
  • ¾ tsp herbs de provence
  • 2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

For the sauce:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 3-inch springs tarragon, just the leaves
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup water

For the chickpeas:

  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

To serve:

  • Kale, spinach, or greens of choice

Instructions

Season the potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees so it can heat up while you season the potatoes
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes, all of the seasonings, and the olive oil. Toss everything together with your hands so that the seasonings coat each potato piece.

Roast the sweet potatoes

  • Line a large baking sheet with foil, and evenly spread the sweet potatoes out on the baking sheet. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, you may need more than one! (I get most of the sweet potatoes on my standard sized baking sheet, then I put the remaining potatoes on a smaller baking sheet.) You just want to make sure there is a little bit of space between each potato so they roast, not steam!
  • Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Note: if you need to use more than one baking sheet for the sweet potatoes, and you put both sheets in the oven at the same time—one sheet on top of the other—the bottom sheet of potatoes will roast faster. Take the bottom sheet out of the oven about 5 minutes earlier than the top sheet on the potato roasting times.
  • Now take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, flip each piece so that a different side touches the baking sheet, and put the potatoes back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  • After the second 20 minutes, take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, give them a rough toss—don’t be too particular about what side is touching the baking sheet!—and roast them for another 5 minutes.
  • Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, and they’re done!

Make the sauce

  • Make the sauce while the potatoes roast. Put all the sauce ingredients in the food processor. Pulse to get things going, then process until the garlic and tarragon have broken down. The tarragon should be small flecks. Sauce is done!

Make the chickpeas

  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet or frying pan. Add the chickpeas, salt, pepper, and stir.
  • Fry the chickpeas in the pan for 15 minutes over medium heat, or until they have browned and the liquid in the pan is mostly gone. If the chickpeas start popping and going crazy, turn the heat down to medium low.
  • Flip the chickpeas every five minutes or so to keep them from sticking to the pan, and to give different sides of each chickpea a chance to brown in the pan. Once each chickpea has browned, they are done!

Compile and serve!

  • Lay a bed of greens out on a plate, place some roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas over the greens, then spoon some sauce over the top. And enjoy!!!

Notes

If you have this meal for lunch the next day and the sauce got a little thick overnight, just add a little bit of water to it. Start with a tsp or two of water, stir it in, and add more water as needed to get to the desired thickness.
If your sweet potatoes finish cooking before the rest of the meal is done, simply put them back in the oven for 5 minutes at 375 degrees before serving. This will warm them up perfectly. (Although I must say these potatoes are great a room temperature too!)
I developed this recipe with white sweet potatoes because I generally prefer the flavor and texture of them over orange sweet potatoes, particularly when roasting. If you try this recipe with orange sweet potatoes, I’d love to hear how you like it!

I’m Shannon, thanks for visiting!  When I’m not on an adventure with my 4 year old, I’m developing plant-based recipes or watching a Classic Film!

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  1. 5 stars
    So good! Can’t wait to make it when I’m back in France!! And also, so honored to be mentioned on this blog! Love you!

    1. Love you!!!! Thanks for being one of my inspirations for this recipe. (:

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