A medium sweet potato delivers your body 400% of its recommended daily vitamin A intake. What do I care about Vitamin A you might ask yourself? Well, vitamin A’s essential for cell growth, good vision and a generally healthy immune system. Consider these 10 healthy sweet potato recipes next time you take to the kitchen with aims to whip up a healthy meal.
1. Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes
These sweet oven-fried potato chips pair nicely with a wide variety of entrees, and when coated in an adequate amount of garlic gremolata, they get a flavorful twist! Regular fries and chips are tasty, but guilty pleasures. At last, there's a dish that doesn’t trade tastiness for nutritional value.
2. Curry-Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Indian and ethnic dishes are commonly associated with exotic spices and unfortunate amounts of sodium. However, when you take a traditional ethnic curry-inspired dish and meld it together with vitamin-A- and beta-carotene-rich sweet potatoes, you stand to outweigh any unhealthy side effects with the overpowering healthy properties of the sweet potato!
3. Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole
This brown sugar packed, pecan mixture can easily be served up next time you have guests over, as a healthier dessert alternative.
4. Sweet Potato, Leek and Ham Soup
Just because winter’s on its way out, doesn’t mean we can’t continue to enjoy warm comfort food. This soup brings all the wanted comfort, and not the unwanted extra carbohydrates and fats.
5. Buttered Sweet Potato Knot Rolls
Most of us buy our bread from the local grocery store and pay little mind to all the ingredients that go into producing the stuff—much of which is unnecessary and unhealthy. Try your hand at making and baking your own bread for a change, and do it with sweet potatoes!
6. Sweet Potato and Pecan Pancakes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but often it's associated with unfortunately unhealthy pancakes and greasy slabs of well-cooked bacon. Want a tasty breakfast with less guilt? These pancakes incorporate the healthier properties of sweet potatoes, to keep us pancake breakfast lovers satisfied.
7. Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
You couldn’t pack more beta-carotene into this soup if you tried. A small unassuming carrot packs in 300% of your daily-recommended beta-carotene intake, while a one-cup serving of sweet potatoes has 23 milligrams of beta-carotene.
8. Sweet Potato Bread
Your local bakery probably doesn't carry this bread! It's gaining popularity in the pastry worshipping community for its unparalleled enduring moistness that keeps for a few days after it's originally made!
Link: Sweet Potato Bread
9. Sweet Potato Chile Mac
This sweet potato inspired recipe mixed well-portioned amounts of fiery chorizo (Mexican sausage) with a steamy cheesy mac and cheese. A hot and spicy and suitably healthy comfort food indeed!
Link: Sweet Potato Chile Mac
10. Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Cream Topping
Decorate that post-dinner table with this pleasantly creamy and unmistakably sweet pie variation. Of course, you’ll have plenty of sweet potato in this dessert, so you'll feel better about indulging!