They’re tastier than their white and yellow counterparts, and have a whole host of additional health benefits. Plus, sweet potatoes can be baked into savory or sweet dishes, boosting the nutritional value of everything they’re in.
A single sweet potato contains more than three times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is fine when it’s in plant form. They’re low on the glycemic scale, which means they’re a great fit for people who have diabetes. They’re also relatively low in fat and calories, and their nutrients can help protect against cancer, inflammation, vision problems, and more.
So, the next time you’re looking for a side dish or special dessert, consider this starchy tuber and the following delicious recipes.
Sweet potato and spinach quesadillas
With sweet potatoes, spinach, and gruyere cheese, these quesadillas are loaded with flavor and nutrients. Serve them with fresh guacamole or pico de gallo for a finishing touch.
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
Need a game day snack? This is a delicious take on traditional potato skins that swaps out regular spuds for sweet potatoes. Serve them at a party or make a pan for a quick and hearty dinner.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut
This recipe is a fun take on the classic sweet potato casserole. This one isn’t only topped with pecans, but coconut too. Try this at your next family feast. You may find they love it even more than the traditional version.
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Sweet potato pie isn’t the only dessert that should be graced with sweet potatoes. These sweet potato cupcakes are reminiscent of carrot cake, but the maple walnut frosting definitely gives them a flavor all their own.
Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus
Hummus is traditionally made with garbanzo beans, but we’re increasingly seeing it with new and yummy ingredients, like in this recipe. Made with sweet potatoes and spices, it’s a great dip for pitas or crudités. You could even spread it on a wrap for a healthy alternative to mayo.
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
The best dishes are often the simplest. These sweet potatoes are paired with chickpeas and a garlic cream sauce to produce a flavor that is out of this world. While it could be served alongside roasted meat or even pasta, it also works as a stand-alone meal.
Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread
Enjoy the flavors of autumn with this flavorful sweet potato bread. Sweet potatoes are a great fall flavor alone, but when baked into a quick bread, the vegetable is even more appropriate on chilly mornings. With spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg, all you’re missing is a hot cup of tea to wash it down with.
Sweet Potato Toast
You don’t need bread to make toast. Slice your sweet potato into thin pieces and toast it just like you would your regular breakfast bread. Top the “toast” with egg, peanut butter, or whatever makes you happy. This is a great alternative for those who eat grain-free.
Healthy Sweet Potato Chips
Like fries, sweet potato chips that are both healthy and delicious are a possibility if you can find the right recipe. This is the right recipe. It’s simple and makes a dish you’ll come back to time and time again.
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole
If you love sweet, sweet potato casseroles, you’ll go nuts for this one, which combines maple and meringue. Take it to your next holiday party and impress your friends with your nontraditional take on a very traditional dish.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos with Chipotle Sauce
Sweet potatoes go great with southwestern flavors, and they definitely make vegetarian dishes super hearty. We love the idea of combining sweet potatoes with quinoa and chipotle for a plate of meat-free tacos.
Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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Who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? But making them crispy without adding a bunch of unnecessary fats can be difficult. This recipe makes healthy (but still yummy) sweet potato fries a possibility.
Perfect Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes really don’t need much work, as they’re pretty delicious just as they are. But this recipe certainly perfects this already simple and delicious dish. It deserves a spot in your regular meal rotation.
Sweet Potato Pie Bars
If you love sweet potato pie – and who doesn’t? — you’ll go nuts over these bars. They’re great for a big get-together and manage to give you the best of sweet potato pie plus a marshmallow topping.
Caramelized Onion Sweet Potato Salad
You’ve had potato salad, but you’ve never had one like this. With intense flavors and roasted sweet potatoes, this dish from Bobby Flay will blow you away. Serve it warm or cold.
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Can you possibly improve on the goodness of traditional cornbread? This recipe manages to do just that by adding the richness of sweet potatoes. This would be excellent served with a hearty stew or chili, or covered in honey for a sweet treat.