Don't let that bag of sweet potatoes go to waste. Instead, grab a few recipes from this post and get creative with this veggie! My quick and easy sweet potato recipes use this fun root vegetable in all new ways.
It's so much easier to buy a bag of sweet potatoes, even if a recipe only calls for one or two. But then you forget about them in the back of the cabinet. These incredibly tasty and healthy sweet potato recipes are here to help! Jump out of that potato rut and dive into a dish that uniquely uses sweet potatoes.
Eight Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes
As a kid, my knowledge of adding sweet potatoes to a meal included baking them and topping them with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. While this was a delicious combo, it's not the most exciting (or nutritious) way to enjoy them.
As I learn more about fruits, vegetables and flavor combos, I get more and more creative in how I consume these bright root vegetables. Let me share with you my favorite quick and easy sweet potato recipes so you can fall in love with a new way to eat them, too!
How to Eat Seasonally
In most of the United States, sweet potatoes are at peak freshness and natural ripeness in Autumn. While you can find them in grocery stores year-round, they are at their most nutrient-dense and have the best flavor when harvested in their natural season.
The same is true for all fruits and vegetables. When I move to a new place the first thing I do is find out when produce is seasonally fresh. That way I can save money (produce is cheaper when purchased in season), get the most nutrients in my food, and enjoy the best flavor.
Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Recipes FAQs
Honestly, adding sweet potatoes to your weekly menu is a healthy way to eat them! You can pair them with a variety of other veggies and a plant-based sauce for a more nutritious meal as opposed to frying them, but I'm not one to judge.
They can be. My rule of thumb is to eat as wide a variety of fruits and vegetables as possible. If I include meat in a meal, I include it as a side, not the main event. Instead, a giant loaded sweet potato is a great main dish. Sweet potatoes are a bit more nutrient dense than white potatoes, so I include them more often than white potatoes.
If you eat them in the context of a diverse and vegetable-heavy diet, then you can eat them often! Just make sure you include a variety of vegetables, not just potatoes, in your meals.
Sweet Potato Benefits
People often view potatoes as simply starches. They are, but they're also great sources of fiber, vitamins A and C and manganese. You'll get different nutrients depending on the variety of sweet potato (did you know some are purple?).
While I usually show recipes with traditional, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as they are the most widely available, don't be afraid to try a new variety when you find one. You may find a new favorite veggie!
Quick Potato Swaps
Now that you've got some incredible recipes in your sweet potato belt, you can better swap sweet potatoes into whatever recipe you want! While different potatoes have different tastes, you can pretty much swap out white for sweet potatoes whenever you want.
You can also easily use sweet potatoes for recipes that call for butternut or acorn squash! They are less expensive and sometimes easier to find, depending on the season and your location.