Sweet potatoes are a less starchy alternative to potatoes – and a delicious way to get a big dose vitamin A. Check out our best healthy recipes featuring sweet potatoes.
Fries with a Twist
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, and phytochemicals in these Purple Viking potatoes (they have purple skins and white flesh; try those with purple flesh, too) can help lower blood pressure. Plus, because they’re oven-baked, they have far fewer calories than fries, and are lower in fat, than even a small serving of the fast-food variety.
Warm Sweet Potato and Kale Salad
Delight your palate with this warm sweet potato and kale salad, featuring a tangy red wine vinaigrette to balance the tartness of kale and the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Adding sweet potatoes to a gnocchi recipe makes it a little easier for the home cook to pull off, because sweet potatoes have less starch than potatoes, and a high starch content can make gnocchi dense and tough. The combination of sage and sweet potatoes is one for the ages.
Caribbean Sweet-Potato Soup
The secret to making this soup really smooth is to let the blender do a good job. Sometimes I blend the soup, strain it to remove any fibrous sweet-potato pieces, then give it a second spin to make it silky. I also strongly recommend that, for the best flavour, you use fresh-ground natural peanut butter with no added sugar.
Orange-Maple Sweet Potatoes
Try this method of cooking sweet potatoes and you’ll discover how subtly delicious they are. Here, they are glossed with an orange-maple glaze. Beta carotene and fibre are the sweet potato’s secret weapons against heart disease.
One-Pot Sweet-Potato Couscous
This quick and easy weeknight couscous dish blends green beans and cubed sweet potato with the flavours of raisins, feta cheese and walnuts.
Sweet Potato Almond Chipotle Soup
This soup is a perfect balance of sweet from the sweet potato, earthy from the almonds and heat from the smoky chipotle – good for you too! A great weekend lunch or light dinner with crusty bread and a simple salad or serve in little sake or espresso cups for a cocktail party.
Sweet-Potato Savoury Scones
We kept the calorie count low in these fluffy, vibrant orange scones by not including cheese or cream. Serve with seafood chowder, or your favourite soup or stew.
Spiced Vegetable Wedges with Tangy Mustard Dip
Lightly crushed coriander seeds and a hint of cinnamon accentuate the flavours of the baked vegetable wedges, served with a tangy mustard and yogurt dip. This is a terrific way to add more vegetables to your diet.
Sweet Potato and Cucumber Salad
Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to their cousin, the potato. They are high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of beta-carotene and dietary fibre. When buying them, be sure the flesh is free of blemishes and sprouts.