14 oh-so-good sweet potato recipes
It seems like we're always going on about how much we love sweet potatoes, and we realised this morning that we don't have a sweet potato recipe post on the site – we decided to do something about this!
Sweet potatoes are an amazing vegetable – no really, they're epic! They're high in vitamin B6, which can reduce the levels of homocysteine in your body, a chemical that's been linked to heart attacks. They're also packed with vitamin C and D – vitamin D can help prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD), whilst boosting your mood and energy levels. It's also vital for healthy bones, teeth, skin and a healthy heart.
Sweet potatoes are also packed with iron, which is important not only for our energy levels; it can also help us to deal with stress. Magnesium and potassium reduce stress on the body and help keep your heart healthy, whilst the natural sugars in sweet potatoes are released slowly into the blood stream, so there are none of the blood sugar spikes associated with sugary foods. Last, but not least, these vibrant orange vegetables are high in beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A; good for boosting your immunity, keeping your eyes healthy and even warding off cancer and reducing signs of ageing. Hopefully that's more than enough reasons to add sweet potatoes to your diet, and if you're wondering what recipes to try, we have 14 here for you to get stuck into – let us know your favourite!
#1. Roasted sweet potato, kale and eggs
This is pretty much our idea of the perfect brunch here at Expertrain HQ. Great for lazy weekends or to refuel after a run, roasting the potatoes with heart-healthy olive oil really brings out their sweetness. Kale provides a healthy dose of vitamin C whilst the egg is packed with amino acids and protein to leave you satisfied. Mmm!
#2. Sweet potato hummus
Turning sweet potatoes into a dip is a great way to use up a bag of potatoes if you're not sure what else to make, and this hummus can be used as a sandwich spread too! Add a dash of siracha chilli sauce to this protein and fibre-packed dip; the combination of chickpeas and sweet potatoes is so delicious.
#3. Baked sweet potato fries
There are endless ways to enjoy sweet potato fries whether you cut them into regular long chip shapes or slice them into chunky rounds. Coat them in olive oil and spices or try this super-healthy oil-free recipe that's packed with flavour. We love using smoked paprika or chilli powder to bring out the sweetness of the potatoes. To be honest, we could easily devour a bowl of these on their own, but they're also perfect served with chicken and salad.
#4. Sweet potato chilli
With the nights getting colder, cooking up cosy meals at home becomes more appealing, so forget stodgy beef chilli con carne and turn to this veggie alternative. It's so healthy, packed with lycopene from the tomatoes, vitamin C and plenty of spices. Serve it in bowls with brown rice or quinoa, or just some fresh crusty bread. It makes a great mid-week meal after the gym or a yoga class.
#5. Coconut sweet potato soup
It takes just 20 minutes to whip up this creamy soup that's great for lunches and speedy dinners after a stressful day at the office. Most Thai curry pastes are additive-free, so it's fine to buy supermarket brands, but do check the labels. We recommend using organic vegetable stock if you can. With healthy fats from the coconut and vitamins C and D from the sweet potatoes, it's hard to believe this silky smooth soup is healthy!
#6. Sweet potato bean burger
We're in love with this recipe, which is packed with black beans (high in fibre and protein), healthy fats from almond butter and of course, the star of the show, sweet potatoes! The addition of olives and tamari gives these burgers a rich flavour, and we think they taste amazing served simply, in buns with salad and maybe a few sweet potato fries on the side. Yum!
#7. Sweet potato falafel
Anyone who has ever been to a branch of Leon in London will be familiar with this food of the gods – spicy, sweet, crispy yet soft sweet potato falafel. In fact, we love Leon's healthy take on fast food, so we had to include founder Allegra McEvedy's recipe for sweet potato falafel; they really are as good as the ones in the restaurant. Packed with fresh herbs, sweet potatoes, lemon juice and earthy cumin, they taste amazing served alone, or stuffed into wholemeal pita with salad. We like to serve them with this kale salad.
#8. Sweet potato stuffed peppers
Peppers are packed with vitamin C, so they're a great food to eat if you're looking to ward off the sniffles that are around this season. Stuff them with a richly spiced cashew, tomato, cauliflower and sweet potato mix and you have the perfect meal – loaded with vitamins C, D and B6 and low in fat (just 1.4g saturated fat per serving).
#9. Spicy turmeric twice baked sweet potatoes
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic which helps to detox your liver, so this is the perfect recipe for dinner or lunch the next day after you've been drinking! Did you know that cumin can aid digestion and one tablespoon contains 20% of your recommended daily allowance of iron? With cholesterol-regulating almond milk to boost your energy levels, vitamin packed sweet potatoes and immune boosting garlic, these amazingly tasty potatoes can be enjoyed as a main meal or a side dish. We can't get enough of them.
#10. Sweet potato chocolate pudding
Sweet potatoes are so, well, sweet, that it makes sense to turn them into a dessert! If you've tried our sweet potato brownie recipe, you'll love this vegan recipe, made with creamy sweet potato purée and maple syrup to add even more natural sweetness. Using dairy-free vanilla almond milk gives this healthy dessert a delicious nutty flavour, and the natural sugars make this a virtually guilt-free treat.
#11. Sweet potato cake bites
These are great to grab on-the-go for an energy boost, or why not try one of our raw energy bite recipes? Healthy rolled oats to leave you feeling full, dates and sweet potatoes for natural sweetness and walnuts, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease (1), they're a great egg, gluten and dairy-free energy booster, great to take to your gym workout or dance class.
#12. Lentil and sweet potato curry
This hearty vegetable curry is a great meal for chilly nights. Lentils are a source of vegan protein, whilst Swiss chard is high in iron and vitamin C. The sweet potatoes combine beautifully with the spices – curry powder, garam masala and heat from jalapeño peppers. These add a real kick, making this a much healthier, tastier alternative to a takeaway curry. Enjoy on its own or served with nutty brown rice for a satisfying evening meal.
#13. Curried sweet potato samosas and tomato-persimmon marmalade
We admit, we fell in love with this recipe for the name; doesn't it sound delicious? You won't be disappointed with these healthy home-made samosas that are pan-fried rather than deep-fried. They're a real treat, and swapping regular potatoes for sweet potatoes makes them a healthier choice. The spicy harissa, tomato and persimmon marmalade is a tasty alternative to mango chutney and would also be delicious served with the curry above.
#14. Mexican sweet potato and quinoa salad
Packed with Mexican flavour from the chilli powder and lime juice, the good fats from the avocado, vitamins C, D and B6 from sweet potatoes and protein from the quinoa make this one of the healthiest salads around! You'll even find red peppers and tomatoes in here, making this a great way to boost your way towards five-a-day. We like to serve this salad warm with pita chips, but you could take it cold to work for lunch too; perfect after a lunchtime workout.
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