Sweet potatoes are a versatile vegetable that can be added to both sweet and savoury recipes. Take a look at some reasons why you should add sweet potatoes to your meals (other than the fact that they are so delicious!):
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutritious elements – sweet potatoes contain loads of vitamins, minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and fiber to help boost a healthy digestive system.
Sweet potatoes are great for promoting eye health – Beta carotene is a precursor for Vitamin A, which can significantly benefit eye development and overall health. Like carrots, sweet potatoes carry an abundance of this antioxidant.
They are full of choline – choline is an essential nutrient needed in humans for healthy muscle movement, learning and memory.
Check out some delicious recipes containing our beloved sweet potato!:
BLACK BEAN AND SWEET POTATO QUESADILLAS:
Peel and chop one medium sized organic sweet potato and place in a pot and fill with water until potatoes are covered. Let water come to a boil, then simmer for another 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water, and mash potatoes together. Mix in 1 tsp. cayenne. 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, sea salt and pepper to taste.
On a soft whole wheat tortilla, add the sweet potato mixture, organic black beans, sautéed organic red onions chopped, chopped organic tomato, cheese of your choice, and fold in half. In a pan on medium heat, cook quesadilla on each side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, slice into smaller triangles and top with Greek yogurt and chives. Serve warm!
SWEET POTATO HASH BROWNS:
Grate one medium organic sweet potato into a small bowl. Mix with 2 eggs, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. garlic powder, sea salt and pepper to taste. In a large pan on medium-high heat, add 2-3 tbsp. of oil so that the bottom of the pan is completely covered. Form flat patties of the sweet potato mixture to the size of your palm, and fry on both sides for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with sour cream and your choice of eggs and enjoy as a side with your breakfast.
SWEET POTATO DESSERT BARS:
In a food processor, mix 1 C organic almonds, 1 C oats, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg. In a small baking pan, line with parchment paper and pat down mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Clean out the food processor, and add 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, baked or boiled and chopped, ¼ C almond flour, ¼ C maple syrup or honey, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1/3 C milk of your choice, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. vanilla, and blend until smooth. Pour on top of the crust and bake for another 20 minutes. Let cool for an hour and cut into squares for serving.