Don’t let the name fool you: The sweet potato might be soft and creamy enough to be put in pies and called dessert, but it’s also a surprisingly nutritious, delicious vegetable. If you have yet to discover the heavenly taste of this cousin to the yam, brace yourself — and your taste buds — for a sweet potato recipe inspired by, Pumpkin ‘N Spice, that will delight your taste buds and feed that craving for a little sweetness.
Just the mention of sweet potatoes often conjures up images of baked sweet potatoes smothered in melted marshmallows, butter and sugar. If you’d prefer to nix the somewhat overwhelming syrup and relish the rich, wholesome deliciousness of the sweet potato itself, this is the recipe for you.
If you’re on the fence about sweet potatoes — perhaps because the texture is slightly different than that of white potatoes — this recipe will convince you to jump right down and dig in. The combination of a crispy outside and a warm, soft inside, all roasted to perfection, may make you forget your manners, lick your fingers, scrape your plate clean, and go back for seconds!
Sweet potatoes are a welcome addition to any holiday gathering — but you don’t need a special occasion to serve them. This sweet, spicy version makes a tasty side for pork, beef, grilled chicken and fish. Serve these savory bites with over-easy or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Try tossing leftovers in a green salad with some feta cheese for a lunch you’ll eagerly await.
If you need further convincing, check out the sweet potato’s nutritional profile. Not only is it readily available,budget-friendly and delicious, but it’s also an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium and the B vitamins. Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created these powerhouse spuds!
Be warned, though. These tidbits of flavor are addictive — but don’t feel too guilty if you overindulge: They’re baked, not fried. Be ready to graciously accept praise from family and friends as you help them awaken a newfound love for sweet potatoes.