If you were to peek into my kitchen right now, you would find dirty dishes and a basket full of sweet potatoes. They are one of the first items I grab when I get to the supermarket, and that often means I have a stash that could feed the neighborhood during the Zombie apocalypse.
Facts about sweet potatoes (from The United States Sweet Potato Council):
• The sweet potato is not a potato or even a distant cousin. Potatoes are tubers; sweet potatoes are roots.
• Sweet potatoes contain no fat, no saturated fat, no trans-fat, and no cholesterol.
• The sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate that provides twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and more than one-third of the requirements for vitamin C.
• When eaten with the skin, a sweet potato has more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal
There are so many wonderful ways to prepare sweet potatoes. Here are a few:
• Sweet Potato Fries: Peel and cut sweet potatoes into slices – not too thick so they don’t take forever to bake. Toss lightly with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and smoked paprika and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until crispy on the outside.
• Sweet Potato Bisque: Warm and savory for the chillier temperatures. From the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?
Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission