Sweet Potato Side Dishes

Potato Side Dishes

Sweet potato is the reigning vegetable of the season. It's tasty, easy to make, and a versatile ingredient for soups, stews, pies, and casseroles. Plus, it's one of the healthier items of produce you can eat. Deemed a "superfood," it's loaded with vitamins A and C as well as potassium. It makes a great side dish for holiday dinners or even family nights. Here are some healthy, yummy recipes for sweet potato.

Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

This soup is a perfect appetizer before the main course. It's simple to cook and doesn't take much time at all.

  • Prick two large sweet potatoes with a fork, then microwave on high for 7-10 minutes.
  • Over medium heat, cook a tablespoon of canola oil in a Dutch oven. Add one chopped yellow onion and brown for 2-4 minutes.
  • Add a garlic clove, three cups of tomato juice, two teaspoons of ginger, and a four-ounce can of drained green chiles. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Peel the sweet potato and puree half of it with half a cup of smooth peanut butter and a 15-oz can of vegetable broth. Put the other half in the pot.
  • When the puree is done, add it to the pot and stir occasionally.
  • If the soup is too thick, you can thin it with water.
  • Add pepper and cilantro on top to serve.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

This is a hearty vegetarian chili packed with nutrition. It goes well with slices of fresh French bread for dipping.

  • Heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven on medium heat.
  • Add one diced sweet potato and a chopped onion to the oven, then cook for 4 minutes until onion browns.
  • Add four minced garlic cloves, two tablespoons chili powder, four teaspoons of cumin, and a dash of salt to the mixture.
  • Add two and a half cups of water and simmer, then cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Add a can of chopped tomatoes, two cans of rinsed black beans, and two teaspoons of lime juice. Stir often and simmer for 5 minutes until ready.

Honey-Cinnamon Oven Roasted Sweet Potato

This simple, easy recipe yields delicious cubes of sweet potato that are sure to wind up on every plate.

  • Peel and cube four sweet potatoes, then lay them on a roasting tray.
  • Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon.
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes.
  • When potatoes are done, drizzle with a little extra olive oil and add some sea salt to taste.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This dish is a staple of Thanksgivings everywhere, but also works well for family dinners on weeknights.

  • Cook two sweet potatoes in the microwave, pricking them first, for 7-10 minutes until soft.
  • Mash together in a large bowl with four tablespoons of butter, two eggs, half a teaspoon of vanilla, half a cup of white sugar, a dash of salt, and half a cup of milk.
  • Pour mixture into a baking pan.
  • In a separate bowl, mix three tablespoons of butter with one-third cup of flour and half a cup of brown sugar. Add half a cup of chopped pecans and then sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 325 F.

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