Sweet Potatoes are a Wonder Food. No kidding.
Sweet Potatoes are an everyday wonder food, worth going out of your way to use. They are versatile, delicious, and go way beyond holiday meals in our house. In the fall we watch for the local harvest and usually buy a couple of bushels. We have found that if we keep them in a dark place at room temperature (60-80 degrees is ideal; don’t let them freeze!), they can last through the spring. We learned the hard way that we can’t store sweet potatoes in our garage. They need more warmth than that.
From a health perspective sweet potatoes are amazing. They can provide half of your daily allowance of potassium and vitamin C and have as much beta-carotene as carrots! Considered by some to have the highest nutritional value of all vegetables, they are loaded with other vitamins and nutrients including calcium, iron and fiber. They can help to stabilize blood sugar, help with metabolism, and have anti inflammatory properties.
Try them baked or as home fries (like these Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries from Nicole at Pinch My Salt) or try one of these great recipes from our kitchen:
Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes are great for a salad or for a picnic.
Traditional Candied Sweet Potato Casserole is popular and my favorite holiday sweet potato dish is Sweet Potato Praline Casserole.
Sweet potatoes are great in soups such as Curry Sweet Potato Soup, Sausage Sweet Potato Soup, or Creamy Sweet Potato Tomato Bisque.
I’ve experimented with sweet potatoes in bread and have enjoyed spectacular Sweet Potato Bread and Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Bread. We have more sweet potato recipes here in the kitchen but these will get you started.
Kate in the Kitchen has some great Sweet Potato recipes including Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins and Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Chard.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t finish my sweet potato rambles with a mention of Sweet Potato Pie that Laura shared awhile back.
We also occasionally treat our dogs to some sweet potatoes mixed in with their food. For some reason, sweet potatoes take care of many digestive issues that a dog might have.
If you are looking to make every dish count nutritionally, you can’t go wrong sweet potatoes. Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe to share?
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