Sweet Potato and Cilantro

Last night I almost lost two pets. By my own hand.

Every once and awhile FlyBoy will mention to me that he’d like me to try a recipe he’s seen. Last week he saw Asian Meatballs via Nom Nom Paleo. (Side Note: If you haven’t heard about Michelle’s book and App… where have you been?! Go get them. Seriously. The mobile app saved me from going and buying ghee. For that alone I’m grateful.) So I gathered all the ingredients and set to work in the evening to try it out.

I thawed out the meat and minced almost all the ingredients. Preheated the oven. Then I realized it was time to put Little Lass to bed and set the sweet potato I had been ready to mince to the side to read ‘Go Dog Go’ about fifteen times and wear out her little piggies by sending them to market and crying home.

When I came out the cat had gotten a pound of thawed meat out of the sink and the dog had eaten half of it. It was not a good time for me to pick up a knife for any reason. So the meatballs went in without the sweet potato. (They, by the way, ended up being awesome regardless.)

This left me with a chopped up sweet potato and some extra of all the other ingredients. What to do? What to do? Why cook them together of course and the result is what you see below. Hopefully my taste buds weren’t being delusional and this really did turn out as alright as I thought. Why don’t you let me know if you try it?

Sweet Potato and Cilantro

Meal type Side Dish
A sweet potato and cilantro dish with Asian flavor.


  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro (chopped)
  • 6 Medium Shitake Mushrooms (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 can Tomato Paste
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce (paleo friendly)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Amino
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil


I don't give a specific amount of cilantro to add because I've found that the dish lends itself to less or more as you see fit.


Step 1
Add coconut oil to medium pan and heat over medium heat.
Step 2
Once oil is hot enough add cilantro, mushrooms and sweet potato. Fry until sweet potato becomes tender.
Step 3
Mix in fish sauce, coconut amino and tomato paste. Reduce to low heat and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes.
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