4 Easy, Healthy Ways To Eat Sweet Potato

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Sweet potato is one of my favorite foods in the whole word! Throwing a few sweet potatoes in the oven and forgetting about them until they’re perfectly cooked is the EASIEST dinner ever! And there is always left overs for the week!

The sweet potato is not only super tasty but really nutrient dense as well. Have a look at this infographic I found on Pinterest!c1d9bf331cb43fe9d4810586d9968ac1

Sweet potatoes are also awesome because they can be used in desert too!! Think sweet potato brownies, sweet potato pie and sweet potato coconut protein balls! That might be a blog post for another time… but for now, enjoy these 4 easy ways to include sweet potato in your diet!

 

Stuffed sweet potato

sweet potato dinnerThis meal is minimal effort for maximum taste! It is the easiest lazy-person dinner ever! It’s literally 2 steps:

  1. Throw a sweet potato in the oven and forget about it!
  2. Make a salad and, when the sweet potato is ready, pile the salad inside the sweet potato!

You can make the salad while the sweet potato cooks, which is very convenient. Pictured is a salad made of brown rice, lentils and grated carrot with some coriander, tamari sauce, seeded mustard and nutritional yeast. When your sweet potato is perfectly baked , slice it down the middle length ways and pile on your salad!
TIP: Stab the sweet potato in 3 different places with a knife before putting it into bake to avoid having it’s delicious juices explode everywhere in the oven

 

Sweet potato chips

sweet potato chipsIf you haven’t tried sweet potato chips yet, stop everything you’re doing and go find a baking tray, a sweet potato and your favorite knife and get slicing! These are a super healthy snack, the perfect side to dinner or a yummy addition to a salad. Just DON’T make them unhealthy by drowning the in oil or deep frying them!

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F
  2. Slice a sweet potato into circle cross sections or into long shapes like traditional fries
  3. Toss them in a bowl with your choice of salt, pepper, garlic powder, herbs such as rosemary or thyme and (optional) some and tamari sauce. (I prefer not to use oil, as it makes for a healthier snack, but if you prefer oil you can include it at this point)
  4. Bake in the oven until cooked through and crispy on the outside. The time will differ depending on what shape and thickness you cut your sweet potato to be. They usually take around 30 minutes.

 

Sweet potato hummus

sweet potato hummus

This one is a great healthy snack idea. Add some extra fiber and nutrients to hummus by blending (cooked) sweet potato with your store bought hummus or making your own.

To make from scratch:

  1. Combine in a Nutribullet or food processor: 1 can of chickpeas, 2 tbsp of tahini paste, 1 small pre-baked sweet potato, 1/4 cup water, lemon juice to taste, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy! Too easy!

Use it to top rice cakes (as pictured), as a spread on sandwiches, or just to dip your favorite veggies in!

 

Sweet potato noodles

sp noodles 2Sweet potato noodles are the best! You can add so many different flavours to them. Make them Italian by pouring pasta sauce on them and adding mushrooms and basil pesto, or make them Asian inspired by stir frying them with soy sauce, garlic and ginger!

To make:

1. Spiralise a long, thin sweet potato using a vegetable spiraliser to make noodles. Hand held spiralisers are under $10. You can purchase them from eBay here.
Or, if you’re serious about your veggie noodles, you can buy larger ones that are easier to use here.
2. Add noodles to a sauce pan or wok with crushed garlic or garlic powder. Use a small amount of liquid to lubricate (eg: coconut milk, coconut oil, soy/tamari sauce, pasta sauce). If stir frying, add ginger, soy sauce and whatever herbs at this point also.
3. Once cooked (These take no time at all to cook through..aprox. 5 minutes) add any additional sauce or veggies. If you were wanting to add other veggies it might be a good idea to cook them separately and add them in at the end.

 

And here is an extra 5th recipe!!! IMG_2067

Sweet potato pumpkin soup!

I posted a recipe called “My Pumpkin Soup Secrets” a few months ago. Here’s a bit of a spoiler… ONE OF THE SECRETS IS ADD SWEET POTATO!! You can click here or the photo for the full recipe for my favorite pumpkin soup!

 

 

 

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