Who needs candied yams when there are so many other wonderful ways to prepare sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes are loaded with so many wonderful nutrients it seems a shame to load them up with refined sugar.
So here are a few of my favorite ways to serve sweet taters:
Simple Sweet Potato Soup is a great way to start the holiday meal. Beginning a meal with a light soup makes you less likely to over eat and this just tastes good too. The recipe is available in my e-book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday.
Sweet Potato Oven Fries are good any time, not just at the holidays. Cut a sweet potato into wedges. Coat with a little extra virgin olive oil and spices. I like to use what I call “sweet and heat” with sweet potatoes which is cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Go easy on the cayenne if you’re not used to it. Bake at 400 degrees until they are browned on the outside and fork tender. You will need to turn them over as they bake.
Baked Sweet Potatoes are great plain, with a little butter, sprinkled with a little cinnamon, or I like salsa on mine. Or you can get fancy and make them “twice baked” by scooping out the shell and mashing the pulp with a little milk or juice and putting it back in the shell. Of course you can fancy it up with cheese, nuts, dried fruit — whatever, just try to keep it reasonably healthy.
Orange Spice Sweet Potatoes are my fancy version of mashed sweet potatoes. The recipe is available in my e-book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday.
Sweet Potato Apple Bake begins with layering cooked, sliced sweet potatoes and cored, sliced apples in a baking dish. Pour a mixture of 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 Tablespoon molasses over the top, Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake covered at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until apples are tender. With the sweet taste of sweet potatoes, apples, orange juice and a hint of cinnamon, you won’t miss the marshmallows.
So go out there and enjoy your sweet potatoes, just be careful what other ingredients they associate with. Don’t worry, they can still taste wonderful.
Please feel free to leave your ideas for healthier sweet potatoes in the comments below.