If you didn’t already know, I love, love, LOVE Sweet Potato. So it only makes sense that I do a whole post dedicated to my favourite Sweet Potato recipes.
But first, here’s why Sweet Potatoes are such a superfood, apart from being totally delicious of course.
1. They are high in vitamin B6. Which can lead to the prevention of degenerative diseases such as preventing heart attacks.
2. They are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C not only helps ward off cold and flu viruses but also plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. It can even help your wounds heal faster and allow your skin to remain youthful!
3. They contain Vitamin D. Critical for immune system and overall health, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. Vitamin D also plays an important role in energy levels, moods and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin and teeth.
4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Iron plays very important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.
5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral. It is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet not many people get enough of this extremely important mineral.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html#ixzz2tuqKhxOX
So now that you have no reason to NOT love Sweet Potatoes, let’s get cooking!
My first Sweet Potato recipe is a super simple one that I make every week as part of meal prep.
Sweet Potato Fries!!
These little beauties are absolutely delicious and go well with almost everything.
– 1 Large Sweet Potato
– Olive Oil
– Sweet Paprika (or ground paprika)
– Cayenne Pepper (can omit if you’re not a fan of hot stuff)
1. Preheat oven to 450F/220C
2.Cut Sweet Potato into strips
3. Toss with Olive Oil and spices, to taste.
4. Lay out on a tray lined with baking paper and put into oven for 15mins.
5. Take tray out and flip pieces onto the other side and place back in for 10-15mins.
Tips: When baking the fries, spread them out to ensure that they become crunchy.
Cutting them very finely and putting them into the oven only after it has fully heated up also helps.
The next recipe that I love making is my “famous” Baked Sweet Potato with Shredded Fajita Chicken and Spinach.
– 1 sweet potato
– 1 chicken breast
– 2 cups spinach
– Mexican Fajita Spices (I buy the Old El Paso pre-mixed Fajita Seasoned with reduced Sodium)
1. Set oven to 180C/350F.
2. Season chicken and bake, along with Sweet Potato until cooked/soft.
3. When chicken is done, take out of oven and shred using a fork. Then fry in a pan with spinach, until the spinach wilts.
4. Top the Sweet Potato with chicken and spinach mix. It helps if you carve a little bit out of the Sweet Potato to create a “bowl” shape.
5. Top with low-fat cheese if desired and serve!
So there you have it, my favourite sweet potato recipes! If these look good to you, just try them and snap a pic for me then tag me on Instagram (@fitandfiesty) 🙂 I’d love to see them. Here’s what you guys have come up with so far.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below or on Instagram.
I love hearing from you guys!