Sweet potatoes are often overlooked as a healthy side dish and vegetable. Their sweet flavor and soft texture make them incredibly versatile. Sweet potatoes can be used in baked goods, tossed on the grill, roasted in the oven or even pureed for the little ones in the family.
These orange root vegetables offer more than just sweetness, they are a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, fiber, calcium and potassium. They also contain high levels of beta-carotene which our body converts into Vitamin A and is essential to healthy skin, a strong immune system, and good eye health and vision.
Sweet potatoes are fairly inexpensive and widely available. They are not just for Thanksgiving and don’t need to be covered in marshmallows to be enjoyed. If you don’t like the mushy consistency of casseroles then try preparing them a new way. Slice them into wedges, add some oil and sea salt and throw them on the grill with your main course. They can also be prepared the same way and placed in the oven at 425° for 30 -40 minutes.
The following recipe is my absolute favorite way to eat sweet potatoes. The onion and garlic add even more flavor and make this such an easy and healthy side dish. If you are pressed for time in the evening this dish can easily be prepared ahead of time. Cut up the potatoes and onion in the morning or even the night before. Place in an airtight container with the spices and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them. Then simply add oil and toss into the over – add a few pieces of chicken to the pan and dinner is served.