2 Incredible Veggie Recipes From True Food Kitchen

By Camille Styles
Yakitori Style Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Yakitori Style Grilled Sweet Potatoes

True Food Kitchen is undoubtedly one of the hottest lunch spots in Austin right now. Thanks to the light and airy space and the menu full of delicious items that you can’t believe are that healthy for you (they are), it seems that every other lunch meeting I schedule inevitably ends up there. Dr. Weil is the man behind the menu, and a couple weeks ago he stopped by with the recipe for his drool-worthy Sweet Potato Poblano Soup from True Food’s cookbook — and today he’s back and sharing the recipes for two of the veggie dishes in the book that I’m currently obsessed with. About these grilled sweet potatoes, he says:

Yakitori meas “grilled fowl” in Japanese, but the term has come to refer to any food cooked on a skewer. My kids love these; they make a good side dish for grilled chicken or turkey burgers. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to keep them from burning.

Keep reading for the recipe, and head right over here for these Stir Fried Brussels Sprouts with Umami Sauce!

A delicious Brussels Sprouts Recipe

True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure courtesy Little, Brown and Company
Copyright © 2014 by Andrew Weil, MD

Yakitori-Style Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4-6

2 Incredible Veggie Recipes From True Food Kitchen

By Camille Styles


  • 5 sweet potatoes, sliced into ¾-inch-thick rounds
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the grill to high. Using a paper towel, rub the grill with expeller-pressed canola oil.
  2. Insert a steamer basket into a pot filled with 1 to 2 inches water. Line the basket with the sliced sweet potatoes, cover, turn on the heat, and steam until tender but still a bit firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, combine the sake, mirin, soy sauce, honey, sugar, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, and then remove the glaze from the heat.
  3. Thread the sweet potatoes onto skewers. Brush the skewered sweet potatoes with the sesame oil and place on the hot grill. Baste the sweet potatoes on both sides with the glaze. Baste repeatedly with the glaze and cook on both sides until the sweet potatoes are lightly charred. Transfer the skewers to a serving platter, garnish with the sesame seeds and serve.

Comments (12)

  1. Caylie says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! Adding it to my must-try list.


  2. Pandaonavespa says:

    Just wrote them down! They look so easy to prepare and so delicious ate the same time!


  3. Charisma Shah says:

    love that you featured True Foods kitchen! My husband and I love that place. We find ourselves ALWAYS dining there whenever we eat out, which makes it hard to try a new place. But honestly we always leave so contently satisfied. Our favorite dish there is the quinoa burger. We love it so much that I recreated the dish at home with added protein from edamame. Check it out here:

  4. Jane Murray says:

    Girl, I’m obsessed!! Can you use your magical blog powers to get us the recipe for True Food Kitchen’s Ancient Grains bowl? I’m dying to figure out the marinade/dressing… So yummy.

  5. Lynn says:

    I’d love the recipe for the Ancient grains bowl too, it’s my favorite!!

    1. Camille Styles says:

      ooh I love that one too, Lynn! we’ll do our best to get the recipe for ya. 🙂

      1. Anne says:

        Were you ever able to obtain the ancient grain bowl recipient from true foods kitchen? Please share. We love that bowl and have tried to recreate but not successfully yet.

  6. Clair Kelly says:

    Was just in Atlanta for a long weekend and ate the ancient grains bowl with tofu twice!!! So far from my SC home, wish we could get the recipe so we can get the fix!

  7. Jane Murray says:

    Almost a year later and I’m still dying to recreate this bowl at home! ?

  8. carrie kleyn says:

    I too just ate the ancient grains bowl and would love to recreate…so delicious!

    1. Camille Styles says:

      oh AGREED! It is so good… Ill try to get the recipe! xo

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