Sweet Potatoes 4 Amazing Ways
If you're not already on the sweet potato train, you're missing out. But how do you prepare this nutrient-rich, complex-carb filled tuber? Read on for a few of my favorite ways to cook a sweet potato. If you know me, you know I LOVE a good sweet potato, multiple times a day.
They happen to be my favorite food, so obviously they deserve their own post. I feel like their versatility, sweetness, and healthiness needs to be emphasized to the rest of the world, you know? Sweet potatoes are chock full of good things. They're a complex carb, which means they won't cause immediate sugar spikes in your body like say, bread, pasta or any other "white carb" would. That being said, they will still provide the energy and sustenance that a normal carb would, with additional nutrients our bodies need. They're a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, Manganese, and copper. Their natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream to not spike insulin levels which can cause weight gain from sugar storage rather than usage. Finally, sweet potatoes are versatile. Their yumminess can be used in sweet or savory dishes. How do I like them, you ask? Well, here are a few of my favorite, simple ways to prepare them.
This could be my favorite way to cook sweet potatoes. Its salty but still has tons of other flavors from the herbs and ghee. I roast them multiple times a week for friends and me and every time everyone is like "these are soooooooo amazing". I think that says it all. They're also really easy and simple to make, something you could prepare on a Sunday for the rest of the week (if they last that long!) So here is how you do it!
- Cut up as many sweet potatoes as you like into slices and then either halves or quarters depending on size. Place the chunks on a baking sheet.
- Spoon coconut oil or ghee** (about 2 tbsp. all together) around the potatoes (it doesn't have to be completely even, it'll melt about the pan).
- Sprinkle plenty of sea salt, rosemary, and thyme over the potatoes.
- Bake in the oven at 400 F or 200 C for about 20 minutes -- keeping an eye on them so they don't burn.
Its a pretty simple way to prepare them, so don't worry about messing up. Just add whatever you feel like and keep an eye on them in the oven! They're super tasty and make the perfect side dish to breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Or a snack. Or a dessert. I can't get enough of these rosemary-thyme roasted little guys.
**I tend to avoid using olive oil to roast vegetables as it turns toxic when heated. I still love and use olive oil -- just as a drizzle on top after cooking foods!
Now here's a sweet-er way to prepare the good ole 'tater. These pancakes are quite possible the easiest, simplest pancake you could make. They're not too sweet, they're filling, and they're not full of crap ingredients, or even flour. Find the recipe to these yummy guys here --- you won't want to miss these!
3. Sweet Potato Fries
How could I write a post about sweet potatoes without including fries? These are easy and simple to make. Just slice sweet potatoes into strips as thick or as thin as you'd like. Follow the same recipe as the roasted version, or switch up your spices. Rosemary is always a go to for me, but sometimes I LOVE a curry-esque blend, especially on fries. This includes a blend of turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and salt to start. Its such a healthy blend and it tastes so good on sweet potato. Try both the rosemary route and the curry route and let me know which you like!
This might be my new thing. Actually, it is. I have it for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner. Typical. Anyway, sweet potato toasts are the new thing- all the rage, the new grain-free avo toast. As an avocado lover, and a grain not-lover, this combination is KEY to enjoying avocado toast without the actual toast. I think the process of toasting sweet potato is hard to master, but I think I'm getting there.
I've seen some preettttyyy good looking sweet potato toasts on instagram, and one day, I'll nail it. For now, I'm all about just getting it in my mouth! After like seven minutes in the toaster, I can't be bothered making it look perfect. But one day I will, and I will share it with you! So many people are getting on this new toast bandwagon and for good reason. It is a 100% vegetable meal (well unless you add coconut oil or ghee on there too ;) ), its a slow releasing carb rather than fast as in so many breads. And most importantly, it combines my two favorite foods. So naturally, I think its the best thing ever. If you haven't tried sweet potato avocado toast yet, here you go:
- Slice a large sweet potato into 1/2" slices (as many slices as you want)
- Rub a tiny bit of coconut oil or ghee onto the slices and place in toaster at the highest setting.
- IF after one round the toasts are warm but not fully cooked through, put them back for another round. All toasters vary and getting the right cook is difficult.
- When the toasts are finished cooking, take them out and spread more coconut oil or ghee (my go-to) on top to act as a "butter".
- Spread as much avocado as your heart desires onto your toasts and add any of your favorite toppings.
Favorite toppings of mine: Avocado with scrambled/fried egg, tahini with salt and herbs, almond butter with cinnamon and apple slices, coconut yogurt with cinnamon and berries, many more!
Have you gotten on the Sweet Potato Toast wagon yet? What's your favorite way to top them? I'd love to know and will be PERFECTING this process now!
I hope you've been inspired to go buy pounds and pounds of sweet potatoes and to cook all them up. What's your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes? I'd love a new way as I seriously cannot get enough of them.
Talk soon! Amylou