Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Spread

by Maggie on November 26, 2010

Have you eaten a rainbow today?

I stumbled across the Today I Ate a Rainbow kit at my friend Kim’s blog, Your Green Baby .  She reviewed the kit and loved it so I knew I had to check it out for myself.

It’s one of the coolest kid-friendly products I’ve ever come across. I love it and so does Callum. Livvie, our two year old isn’t quite ready to use the chart but at least she’s getting a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and hearing lots of talk of rainbows!

Callum loves it. And he totally gets it.

The creative genius behind Today I Ate a Rainbow is Kia Robertson. She created the kit after her daughter was born. Kia and her husband realized they wanted to start eating better and they knew how important fruits and veggies were!

The kit acts as an educational tool; teaching kids how important it is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

My favourite part of the kit is the colourful fridge chart. It comes with colour-coded magnets which kids can add to the chart each time they eat a fruit and vegetable. The goal is to eat a rainbow by the end of the day. Isn’t that awesome?

But there’s more! The kit comes with a cute little book which was written by Kia (told you she was a genius). The book is called The Rainbow Bunch and it’s about 5 cute characters who discover why it’s so important to eat a variety of fruits and veggies. Callum loves the book, we had to read it the minute it arrived!

At suppertime I always ask Callum to think back to what colours he had today. Then we figure out what he still needs to get his Today I Ate A Rainbow magnet.

It’s good for me too because it helps keep me organized and it helps me keep track of the fruits and vegetables we’re eating all day. Honestly, I don’t think I really thought enough about getting a variety until we got the chart.

At the grocery store now we think about the rainbow of colours available and try to pick out our produce that way. Callum loves taking a role in this part of our grocery shop – and he’s much more likely to try the new fruit or veggie if he chose it, and if he knows it’s associated with the rainbow!

Our hardest colour is purple and we didn’t really discover that until we got the chart! So now we’re working on getting more purples into our meals. Gotta get those purple phytonutrients too.

Head over the Today I Ate a Rainbow site (which is fantastic too) and check out the videos which tell you a little more about the product and its benefits. You can order your very own Today I Ate a Rainbow kit and you can also sign up for Kia’s newsletter and check out her blog for some great recipes.  If you’re on twitter you can follow Kia.

Oh, and I’m GIVING AWAY a Today I Ate a Rainbow kit to one lucky winner! Just leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite veggie is! Giveaway closes Friday, December 3rd, 2010.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

In honour of eating rainbows, here’s a great way to add some orange and green to your pizza! We’ve been using this spread to replace tomato sauce. It’s so darn good. There’s no need for cheese. Just spread, top with veggies (preferably yellow, red, and purple) and bake!

Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Spread


1 large sweet potato, roasted until soft
4-5 cloves of garlic, roasted until soft
½ large sweet onion caramelized (here’s the recipe I use)
1 cup steamed spinach or kale (you could easily use raw spinach too)
1 ½ tsp coarse sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste.
3 tbsp nutritional yeast

Mash roasted and peeled sweet potato with garlic. Stir in caramelized onions (and any pan drippings), spinach, sea salt, pepper and nutritional yeast.

Let sit as long as possible so the flavours get all married and lovely. Spread on pizza crust and cover with veggies. We always roast our veggies before putting them on our pizza.

Makes enough spread for 3 individual sized pizzas (plus a few spoonfuls which you’ll undoubtedly consume while tasting the spread).

This sweet potato concoction is linked to the November edition of Sweet or Savory. The theme this month is sweet potatoes.

You can find this and many more slightly indulgent recipes at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

NOW don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your very own Today I Ate a Rainbow kit! It would make a great little stocking stuffer! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.


{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanine November 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

Oh wow, what a neat concept for kids (and adults). I think we all have trouble eating enough colours. :)

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Maggie November 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Jeanine. It is a GREAT product! One of those things you wish you’d thought of!

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Annie November 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

What an awesome idea. This would definitely be good for all of us and lots of fun in the future for the Q man. My favourite veggie is califlower….not exactly part of the rainbow but maybe it can be the clouds? Over here at the corbin household we’ve been eating all kinds of purple cabbage lately but I’m sure we are low on other colours!

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Maggie November 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hey Annie – Cauliflower would probably fit under the yellow column. Though this summer I did buy yellow and purple cauliflower at the farmer’s market! I need to some purple cabbage! Thanks for the idea!

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Stephanie November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

What a great idea! I love my fruits and veggies, but often get stuck in a rut eating the same things. I would love to be better about this, so I can help my kids with it as well. My favorite veggie is kale. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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Maggie November 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hi Stephanie – I totally get stuck in a rut! Especially when it comes to my kids. It’s so nice to just serve them food you know they’ll eat, know what I mean? But it’s important to take risks! Easier said than done!

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Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom November 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

You are my hero Maggie! What a great idea and I desperately need one for my picky 3 year old, the only foods we won’t balk over are apples, bananas, oranges and chocolate. Everything else is a struggle!

I’m going to go order one right now.

xo,
Heidi

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Maggie November 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Heidi! You are my hero so now we’re even! I knew you would love this – I thought of you while we were playing with it! Both of your boys will love it – and you will too!

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Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli November 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I’d heard about this and then promptly forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. It is a genius idea!

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Maggie November 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Hey Kristin – I am happy to be your virtual reminder for all things genius!

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Lisa November 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Wow…your pizza “sauce” spread looks wonderful! How convenient, because sweet potatoes are my new favorite vegetable.

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Ricki November 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Please don’t enter me in the giveaway (no kids)–but I had to comment on your yummy spread! Sounds fabulous. And purple? How about blueberrie–which are really more purple than blue, right? ;) Thanks for submitting this to the SOS this month! (and of course my own favorite veggie is–sweet potato). :D

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Maggie November 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Ricki! Glad you like the spread and I’m so happy to be in SOS again. I was worried this month would slip by! Blueberries are under the purple category. Which is no problem for Liv (2 YO). She walks around most days with stained hands from eating frozen blueberries. She loves them!

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nancy broyles November 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I love sweet potatoes!

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Maggie November 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Hey Lisa and Nancy – I love sweet potatoes too! I’ve been on such a sweet potato kick for about 3 months now. Just. Can’t. Get. Enough!

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Shannon Stark November 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Oh wow, what a GREAT product! Wonder if it would help get my anti-veggie kid into eating more! My favourite is red peppers…there is something so satisfying about the juicy crunch! Thanks for the product preview and great giveaway!

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Maggie November 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Hey Shannon – Isn’t it an amazing product! Check out the website, it’s so well done. I bet it will work for your kiddo! I love the crunch of a red pepper too. And the sweetness of a roasted red pepper. Yum!

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Kim - Cook It Allergy Free November 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

Maggie! Love this idea!! I am totally going to tie your post in to my gingerbread house contest post that will be going up tonight. Such a great way to get kids to eat better! ;)
xo

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Maggie November 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Hey Kim! Hope you had a great thanksgiving! We baked our gingerbread house today! Can’t wait to see your post. Thanks Kim!

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Susan Maki November 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I am blessed with a 23 month old daughter that will eat any vegetable I put in front of her and challenged by a 4 year old son that balks at anything other than maybe a carrot! But, we make it happen as I know how important veggies are for him and the healing of his digestive system from Celiacs disease. Anyway, I would say our favorite veggie is anything from the squash family!

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Maggie November 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Hey Susan – I know all about the 4YO balk method! Haha! I always forget about squash being a veggie! I’d have to agree with you – just about any one would do!

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Sara November 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I love broccoli, especially on pizza! And raw spinach is pretty good too!

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Deanne Casey November 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

My FAVOURITE veggie……….asparagus!!!!!

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Crystal November 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I’ve been thinking about this all wrong. I’ve tried several times to ‘eat my veggies’ correctly until I took a nutrition class online and discoverd that beans (like red kidney, or black, etc.) are considered vegetables, and that potatoes are also veges. I’ve always thought that beans were meat, and potatoes were ‘startch’ and therefore in the ‘bread’ category. Does the chart include these?
My children have picked up my bad habits. So, what’s my favorite vege? hmm……probably any veggie (cept for califlower) but it has to be fresh! unless I can seperate it all, and say that my favorite it’s my grandfathers carrots! They were so sweet! RIP Grandpa!

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Crystal November 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

OH~ Just a thought, but maybe next year we should plant a ‘rainbow garden’….that would be cool!

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Maggie November 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Crystal that is such a good idea! A rainbow garden and the kiddies could totally get involved. I am sure they would eat more that way too. Thanks for the great idea! Can you remind me again in the spring :)

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Mindy November 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I love this idea, just what I need! I have been working on changing my diet and eating a lot more veggies and I have struggled with motivating my 3 children Bella-8, Lily-4, and Jack-2 to follow my example. I think this would be a great tool for my family. Oh, my favorite vegetable right now is spinach!

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Maggie November 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

MIndy I love that your favorite veggie right now is spinach! That’s impressive! It is one of my favorite greens and I love how it blends up in a smoothie.

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Kim - Cook It Allergy Free November 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Maggie, here’s the post! I linked to this giveaway at the end. ;) I thought it would be appropriate to counteract some of that sugar with something like this!
Cannot wait to see your house! ;)

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Kim - Cook It Allergy Free November 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Umm..link would help: http://su.pr/4QzG2G (sorry I am overtaking your comments).

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Maggie November 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Thanks so much Kim! I appreciate the link up. Your post is awesome, as usual!

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Aileen November 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

My favorite veggie used to be broccoli (no cheese or anything here!) but since becoming pregnant this time around, I can’t stand it. I have been a big fan of baby carrots lately, and sweet potatoes.

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Steph November 28, 2010 at 6:30 am

The ‘Rainbow’ concept is such a great, concrete idea for kids…and for parents! Brussel sprouts are my fave!

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Maggie November 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Steph I am so impressed that brussel sprouts are your fave! I’m just getting into them now. What’s your fave way to eat them?

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Kate November 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

What a clever idea! My toddler is a pretty good eater but some days I realize that he ( and his patents!) didn’t get enough fruits and veggies. This would certainly help. My favorite vegetable is broccoli, which is my son’s, too!

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Maggie November 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Hey Kate – Don’t you love it? It is GREAT product for kiddies and us parents too! Seems like broccoli is going to win the popularity contest. I’m surprised!

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Maggie November 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hey Kate – I keep trying broccoli with my kids! I gave some to Callum today and he said, “Um Mommy, did you forget? I don’t like broccoli.” Darn it! Although I can get him to eat one piece for me…forced :)

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Jill November 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

Our family favo is brocoli

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Stephanie November 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Love this idea! This would be totally great for Sydney who is really just starting to get the concept of eating for fuel. Of course a Mom invented it! I am totally into broccoli right now. The funny part was that I was craving broccoli through the last two months of my pregnancy…broccoli stir fry, broccoli and hummus, broccoli and raisin salad…..you get the picture. When I finally had Aubrey, my blood tests revealed that I had low iron…..no wonder I needed to eat so much broccoli. Two months later, I am still on that kick and my iron is slowly returning to normal. It reminded me (again…I need frequent reminders) that if you listen to what your body is telling you, you will always be ok.

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Maggie November 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Hey Steph! That’s so funny that you’re all over broccoli! And I so agree, we have to listen to our bodies. When I was preggo with Callum I always craved tuna. Weird! Does Syd like broccoli? I try to tell the kids that it’s trees. Doesn’t seem to work…

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gfe--gluten free easily November 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Fantastic concept! I’ve been waiting to hear about this since you tweeted, Maggie. :-) I’m not entering the giveaway because I want someone with kids to win, but just had to comment to say how cool this is. Kids and adults alike like to “complete” things and have visuals to show their accomplishments. ;-)

Hugs,
Shirley

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Maggie November 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Hi Shirley – Isn’t it great? I think it’s even better for me so I can keep track of what we’re eating! I love it. You’re so true about completing things! I am the queen of to-do lists!

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Karah November 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

What a great idea! I will definitely check out the website. We get stuck eating the same fruits and veggies, so this would be so much fun and help to add in others we would normally not try. I love the idea from a comment above about planting a rainbow garden. That will be part of our garden planning come next spring. Thanks so much! Karah

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Marie-Claude Hamel November 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Another awesome idea! Thanks for sharing Maggie! I am very excited to learn about the “Rainbow” kit because my children are getting more and more difficult about eating their vegetables. It’s always easier to make them eat fruits… They are going to love this concept, I know it! My favorite vegetable is Kale. I just love all the nutrients I am putting in my body when I eat it. I’m actually going to make myself a nice vegetable juice right now with lots of kale (you can’t put it through the juicer, you have to blend it)….. Back now….mmmmmm….I feel like I just got punched in the face by Suzanne Somers!!!

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Melinda November 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

My favorite veggie is fresh spinach with strawberries and walnuts thrown in.

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Maggie December 1, 2010 at 5:49 am

Melinda – That sounds like the beginnings of an amazing salad!

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Verna Brightwell December 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

This recipe sounds great! We all love sweet potatoes…add pizza to that & I’m sure it’s gonna be a winner. Thanks & (((HUGS)))Verna

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Victoria December 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love this idea! I love sweet peppers, and they come in a variety of colors, including purple!

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The Healthy Apple December 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

What a fabulous idea…I often do the same thing and use it to spread onto gluten-free toast as well as roasted root veggies such as eggplant and squash…
Have a wonderful day!
Best,
Amie

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Sarah @ Celiac in the City December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Great giveaway! I know some picky eaters who could really benefit from this. Hmm, pick just one veggie? Swiss Chard.

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Michelle December 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I think this is a perfect Christmas present for my niece and nephews!!

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amanda December 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

would like to enter for “today I ate a rainbow” which I think is awesome!!! I love PEAS!

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Registered nurse December 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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Cindy January 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

My favorite veggie is corn.

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Maggie January 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hi Cindy – I’m so sorry but this giveaway is closed. I’m having troubles with posts being sent out to my subscribers without my permission, this is what happened here.

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Alta January 28, 2011 at 5:39 am

I definitely need to try this spread. Lately I’ve been getting heartburn from tomato sauce (boo) and this could be perfect. That and I adore sweet potatoes. This book sounds great! Think it will work on teenagers? Lol

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Maggie January 28, 2011 at 6:47 am

Hey Alta – Heartburn’s a bummer! This spread is really yummy. Not sure how your teenagers will feel about the chart – maybe if she turns it into an app it will be cooler :)

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