‘Tis the season for sweet potatoes! November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month and it’s perfect timing with Thanksgiving coming up in just a few weeks. These edible roots are a healthy edition to your diet and now is the perfect time to add them to your menu while they are at their peak of flavor. Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrition–they are a good source of dietary fiber, high in Vitamins A and C, and a good source of potassium. Now, for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of sweet potatoes is the traditional sweet potato casserole Grandmom served each holiday. While that’s fine, there are many other ways to enjoy this delicious veggie that don’t include the extra sugar and calories. Plus, these preparations allow for the flavor of the sweet potato to shine.
Fruits & Veggies–More Matters features sweet potatoes in one of their healthy plate dishes. Sweet Potato Pancakes with Balsamic Maple Mushrooms is an interesting take on the traditional potato latke recipe. This savory, vegetarian meal is perfect for brunch or dinner.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is another delicious meat-free menu item. This recipe uses a variety of additional veggies like onion, bell pepper, garlic and diced tomatoes added to vegetable broth and lots of spices to create a zesty chili that will warm you up on those chilly winter nights. The added bonus is that you’ll get more than your fill of heart-healthy fiber from the sweet potatoes and black beans!
Photo courtesy of Alida’s kitchen
Who doesn’t crave fries every now and then? If you do, you’ll want to try these Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. Aside from being healthier than the traditional “fried” version and having extra fiber since they’re made from sweet potatoes, this recipe uses a combination of spices like garlic powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper for a flavorful treat.
Photo courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
Mashed, roasted or grilled–Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has put together a Top 10 List on their favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes (bet you never thought of adding them to your sandwich!). Get creative with these tasty and nutritious veggies while they’re plentiful at your local market.