Recipes Inspired by the White House Garden

I wish I had a garden. But besides the fact that I live in the city in an apartment building, I do not have a green thumb. I can’t even keep a cactus alive. So as you see, it’s that bad.   So since I can’t grow my own fruits and vegetables, and we all know I haven’t had any luck with the CSA, I go to local produce markets to buy my produce. It’s local, many times organic, and I’m supporting farms around the area.

As everyone knows, I love desserts – cakes, cookies, brownies, you name it. So I like to make other healthy dishes to give me the room to have a treat here and there. I’m always looking for some good, healthy recipes to add to my recipe box.

For the third year in a row, the First Lady has transformed the White House backyard into a robust, 1,500-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden. Throughout the summer and fall, Obama uses the garden’s bounty to serve her own family and the local community as part of her larger Let’s Move campaign to curb childhood obesity and promote healthy living nationwide.

Check out some of the recipes inspired by fresh seasonal crops and festive comfort food that Michelle Obama is sharing with everyone. The one that looks so good to me is the Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. I don’t know about you, but I love Candied Sweet Potatoes. But all of that butter and sugar isn’t good for me. So this is a wonderful alternative.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes RecipeImage Source: Eating Well/Everyday Health


  • 2 1/2 pounds potato(es), sweet, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup(s) maple syrup, pure
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, black ground, to taste

Recipe Tip:

If you can find it, organic maple syrup without all the extra additions is your best bet.


1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In small bowl, combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.

3. Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.

Recipe Source: Everyday Health Eating Well

Which recipes would you like to try?

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  1. You and I both have garden issues – I kill any plant that comes in my house. Perhaps I should add this to 2012 Culinary Goals. Love this recipe and how the White House initiative is bringing light to what we (as a people) tend to eat and how we can change it.
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