Macrobiotic: Simmered Sweet Potato & Apple

Macrobiotic: Simmered Sweet Potato & Apple

This features the delicious combination of apple and sweet potato. I use this in place of sweet chestnut paste at New Year's. Salt is pretty awesome.

Ingredients: 7-8 servings

Sweet potato
350-400 g
Jonathan apple
Fuji apple
1 teaspoon


1. Cut the apple into 8 slices without peeling it, then cut into wedges. Combine with the core, water, and salt in a pot. Simmer until soft. This should take about 25-30 minutes.
2. While that's going on cut the sweet potato into slices, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and steam for about 20 minutes.
3. Once the sweet potato has finished steaming, remove the peel. Cut into cubes to make it easier to smash.
4. Place the sweet potato on top of the apple and simmer for about 10 minutes. After they've simmered together use a wooden spatula to mash them. It should resemble sweet chestnut paste.

Story Behind this Recipe

Apple simmered in salt is a macrobiotic recipe, but adding sweet potato makes it taste like sweet chestnut paste. If you have time, simmering the apple well makes it soft right down to the core. The core is basically just a ball of energy.