Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sweet Potato Pie and Shut my Mouth

As I was writing my sweet potato hummus post two weeks ago, I got in the sweet potato mood.  It’s time for football, turtlenecks and cozy nights by the fireplace.  We eat sweet potatoes year round but they are more available as the weather cools down.  Sweet Potatoes are full of vitamin A, which helps your immune system and in cold season who doesn’t need help to boost your immunity?  They also have more vitamin C and 3 times more fiber than traditional white potatoes and can be substituted in nearly every potato recipe.  You may be used to seeing them on your Thanksgiving table covered in marshmallows, but there are much healthier, and tastier ways to eat them.  Some of my favorites are below.

Crispy Sweet Potato Rounds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice sweet potatoes  1/2” thick
Lightly coat with olive oil and sea salt
Bake for 20 minutes-turning once
Turn heat to 400 degrees
Bake for 20 minutes more-turning once

As you puncture through the slightly crunchy browned skin, the center oozes with creaminess.  No extra salt was needed, or cinnamon or maple syrup.  They were sweet, caramelized and delicious. 

Sweet Potato Hash & Eggs
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled or unpeeled, diced small
1 medium red onion, diced small
a pinch of red pepper flakes, or your favorite chili powder
a pinch of smoked paprika
a pinch of garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

In a hot skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and diced sweet potatoes. Let cook for about 5 minutes until slightly browned. Add onions and cook for an additional 4 minutes till soft. Add pinches of pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 or so minutes until potatoes are soft. Prepare eggs to your liking and have a hearty breakfast or brinner (breakfast for dinner)!

Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Banana Butter from Chocolate Covered Katie. Katie's is one of my favorite go-to's for desserts, but she has more than that. I won't even attempt to recreate this, since she has perfected it.  Just click on the recipe name above and it will take you to her site.  I promise Carrie & I will do reviews of some of our favorites from her. 

I also love to use my trusty mandoline and slice up a sweet potato in chip form, cover them in olive oil and sprinkly with sea salt.  You can either bake them for about an hour at 200 degrees or for about 20 minutes at 350, just remember to keep turning them.  It's a great way to prepare them and avoid giving in to a bag of Lay's chips. 

What are your favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes? 

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