I’m often asked, “How do you come up with all of these recipes?” which is quickly followed with, “I could never do it!”
My response is this..
.. First, I say, “Ahh, if you quit your job and devoted yourself to making recipes, you could do it too!”, because it’s the truth – it’s what I think about all day, every single day!
The second part of my response is this: I get inspiration from everywhere – places I travel to, meals my mother and grandparents have made me, flavors or meals I’m craving, and most often, restaurants I dine at.
I love pulling inspiration from restaurants for a couple of reasons. 1) Restaurant chefs in New York City are some of the best in the world, so the food is on point, and 2) What’s better than having a great meal at a restaurant and then being able to make it healthier and for yourself?
Last weekend, I went to Brooklyn to visit my friend’s holiday pop-up market in Williamsburg at the gorgeous William Vale hotel. We shopped around, bought some gifts, and then went shopping around the area.
Shopping always makes me hungry, so we went to one of our favorite spots in Williamsburg: Marlow & Sons. It’s a very intimate restaurant with a small menu – but everything is absolutely incredible.
We ordered a few things (we always share, we rarely ever order our own dishes) and while everything was delicious (the cabbage soup was the best cabbage soup I’ve ever had in my entire life), the sweet potato and baked ricotta dish was mind-blowing.
Long story short, I was inspired by that meal and created my own version, using spiralized sweet potatoes. This version serves two large servings (it could be broken up into four smaller servings if you’re watching your calories) and is great to have as a dessert, as a side dish, or as an appetizer.
Bring this to a holiday potluck and you’ll be the talk of the town!
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 17 points
*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.