Sweet Potatoes – Good for Any Meal of the Day

I don’t know what was wrong with me as a kid, but it wasn’t until my adult life that I began my love affair with sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and… sweet AND even pretty good for you. Sweet potatoes (or yams depending on where you are from) “are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin B6”- according to Wikipedia.You can also find them just about all year round.

Want a little sweet potato trivia? Sweet potatoes are related to the morning glory family, not the potato.

In my house, there are just two of us. A sweet potato can last up to a month, which makes it easy enough for me to use them before they cross over to the other side. Especially since I can add a sweet potato to any course throughout the day.

Breakfast: A new favorite of mine is to cut a sweet potato into cubes (skin on) and toss in a skillet with butter and some onion. Cook until they are tender and top with two eggs over easy. That will keep you full for the morning!

Lunch: Slice up a sweet potato into long skinny pieces. Toss them in just enough oil to coat them and some of your favorite seasoning. Lay them flat on a baking sheet and cook until they are tender (should be around 20 minutes). Let them cool and you have some delicious, baked sweet potato fries!

Sweet Potato Fries Cottage Bar Food Macros March 29, 20112
Sweet Potato Fries / Steven Depolo / CC BY 2.0

Dinner: The simplest way is to bake them. In a 400 degree oven, baking a sweet potato takes about 45 minutes. Before baking, pierce the potato a few times with a fork and lay it on a foil lined baking sheet. Sometimes I finish mine off with a sprinkle of cinnamon when it is done. Yum!

Sweet potatoes aren’t just for covering with marshmallows anymore! What are some of your favorite easy sweet potato recipes?