White potatoes are so 1999. Sweet potatoes are where it’s at now and if you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for?! I almost never eat a potato that is not a sweet potato so I’ve got a few recipes up my sleeve. I haven’t made sweet potato waffles yet, but they are on my short list. What I have made are these 5 dishes that will definitely bring you over to the sweet potato side if you’re not already there.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
When I started trying to eat healthier I essentially gave up all forms of potatoes. Coming from a family that has a potato dish as a side to almost every dinner, that meant seriously craving mashed potatoes sometimes. Then I learned I could eat sweet potatoes and not derail my diet, so I threw this together as fast as I could and damn I’m glad I did. All you need is 3 ingredients: sweet potatoes, vanilla greek yogurt, and cinnamon.
- Peel and chop sweet potatoes (4-5 for about 5 servings)
- Boil sweet potatoes and then mash
- Add 1/2 C greek yogurt to taste
- Add cinnamon to taste
Sweet Potato Chili
For a chili cook-off at my work one year, I decided to try and win over the vegetarians with a 5 ingredient sweet potato black bean chili. It was a major hit, though sadly it couldn’t beat out the chili cheese fry contestant…
In terms of health though, it’s definitely a winner. Follow the recipe from Minimalist Baker!
Sweet Potato Fries
Even at restaurants where they aren’t really healthier, I still prefer sweet potato fries (or tots!) to regular potatoes. Naturally, I needed to make them at home so I could have a healthy version, too. Here’s what you do:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Clean and slice 4-5 sweet potatoes, leaving the skin on.
- Place foil on a cookie sheet and drizzle with EVOO
- Spread fries over the EVOO and drizzle some more on top
- Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning (I usually use Mrs. Dash saltless chipotle and chili lime seasonings, but cinnamon is another winner here, too)
- Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on how you like your fries
Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato
Talk about comfort food. This meal will leave you feeling stuffed like you just had a cheat meal but it’s totally good for you. Here’s what you need to make a “Burrito” stuffed sweet potato:
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 1 can black beans
- 1 C brown rice
- Optional: corn
- Seasonings: cumin, cayenne, chipotle
- Bake your sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until they begin to soften
- Remove from oven and add your cooked rice, beans, seasonings and any other optional ingredients
- Continue to bake another 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done
- Remove from oven and top with salsa and guacamole
Sweet Potato Cheese Fries
All you have to do here is add in some parmesan and nutritional yeast to the fry recipe above and you’ve got CHEESE FRIES! Sprinkle the cheese on toward the end of your baking time so it doesn’t burn and you’re good to go.
If you’re really grossed out and confused by nutritional yeast, here’s an article explaining it’s awesome health benefits.