Are sweet potatoes the ultimate vegetable? It’s a bold claim – but perhaps not far from the truth at all.
I only started eating them myself a couple of years ago – but they’re now a staple part of my diet – and for very good reason.
Not only do they taste fantastic (I’m going to shock everyone by saying I’d pick them over regular potatoes now) but their natural sweetness means they can be used in savoury or sweet dishes – whatever you’re hankering for at the time.
We’ve supplied a compilation of our favourite recipes in the list below.
But taste aside, it’s the nutritional aspect where sweet potatoes really come into their own.
The nutrient content is phenomenal – one potato contains over a day’s worth of your recommended vitamin A daily target through it’s load of beta-carotene, lots of vitamin C and B6, B3, B2, B1, potassium and fibre – to name just a few.
A handful of the health benefits to expect are a lowering of blood pressure, regulating heartbeat, a lessening of artery hardness, no blood sugar spikes, more successful blood clotting and a whole lot more.
The nutritional effects are so staggering that sweet potatoes are being used in initiatives to curb malnutrition over certain parts of Africa.
What are you waiting for? Here are some amazing ways to get them down you.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with a Five Star Feta SaladCheck out the recipe here
Baked Sweet Potatoes with a Five Star Feta Salad. Crispy sweet potatoes mingle with a tangy feta salad in this deceptively simple but tasty dish.
Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean DipCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Eating Bird Food
This delicious sweet potato black bean dip is loaded with flavor and perfect served with tortilla chips, as a side or as a topping for salads and tacos.
Sweet Potato Quinoa NachosCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Simply Quinoa
We are all about classic foods remade with a healthy twist. A perfect dish to bring to a party!
Loaded Twice Baked Sweet PotatoesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour 50 mins
Recipe by: Dinner at the Zoo
These loaded twice baked sweet potatoes are piled high with pecan brown sugar streusel, marshmallows and dried cranberries. You can prepare them in advance and then pop them in the oven right before your holiday meal! (Watch out, most marshmallows contain gelatin. Here is a list of brands that won’t use it.)
Your Leftovers: Chili Stuffed Sweet PotatoesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 13 mins
Recipe by: Peas & Crayons
Ready to stuff some veggies into veggies!? Of course you are!
Mediterranean Baked Sweet PotatoesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 mins
Recipe by: Minimalist Baker
Simple, 30 minute baked sweet potatoes topped with roasted chickpeas, a simple garlic-herb sauce and a parsley-tomato salad. Delicious, fresh, healthy, and naturally vegan and gluten free.
Sweet Potato HummusCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour 15 mins
Recipe by: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Hummus made of baked sweet potatoes? … um, yes please!
Vegan Loaded Sweet PotatoCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour 15 mins
Recipe by: Kara Lydon
The ultimate vegan loaded sweet potato – packed with kale, black beans, and topped off with a homemade green goddess dressing. Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean SaladCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 12 mins
Recipe by: Kylee Cooks
Baked sweet potatoes topped with a Mexican inspired warm black bean salad including tomatoes, garlic, spices, herbs and lime – finished with a dollop of sour cream.
Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes with a Piquant Pistachio DressingCheck out the recipe here
Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes with a Piquant Pistachio Dressing. Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes with a beautifully sweet and nutty dressing drizzled over.
I’d say, of all recipes in this post, give this one a try first and let me know what you think. I bet you gonna love the pistachio dressing!
Let me post the recipe in here for you right away 🙂
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/380°F.
- Give the potatoes a quick scrub and cut them into small cubes (roughly 2x2cm – see photo or video).
- Then throw them into a bowl, and use a spatula to make sure they get a good coating of oil. Sprinkle some salt over too.
- Layer the cubes out on a baking tray, ideally with parchment paper and in they go for 25 mins. Halfway through give them a bit of mix with said spatula.
- In the meantime peel and crush the pistachio (we found the easiest way was to put them in a bowl after shelling and use something sturdy and heavy like a thick glass or end of a rolling pin to crush them).
- Wash and slice the spring onion into fine rings, then add them to the bowl.
- Add the basil to the bowl too (cut first if using leaves). Add the maple syrup, mustard, olive oil and water. Stir well.
- Fetch the potatoes from the oven, and serve them onto the plates.
- Add the dressing to one side of the bowl. Enjoy!
Hasselback Sweet PotatoesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 55 mins
Recipe by: A Mind Full Mom
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: Roasted sweet potatoes are baked with a fancy streusel of maple, coconut oil and pecans, for an elegant and easy side dish.
Garlic Sweet Potato Fries w/ Creamy Avocado DipCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 40 mins
Recipe by: I Heart Vegetables
Try these crispy garlic sweet potato fries with a creamy avocado dip! They’re healthy, gluten free, & delicious!
Roasted Sweet Potato, Crispy Chickpeas with Tahini and SumacCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: Little Big H
Roasted sweet potato topped with crispy chickpeas, tahini and a sprinkle of sumac. A great meatless meat option or serve as a delicious side dish.
Fresh N’ Fruity Sweet Potato HashCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 mins
Recipe by: Healthy Helper
Full of fresh seasonal fruit and caramelized sweet potatoes, this hash is the perfect healthy summer side dish! Dressed in a slightly spicy peanut sauce, its sweet n’ salty flavor can’t be beat. Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free, too!
Grilled Sweet Potato and Wilted Kale SaladCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 50 mins
Recipe by: Tasty Yummies
This salad is great as a meal on it’s own, or as a side to any grilled meat of your choice (local and grass-fed, of course). This salad has a wonderful tang from the vinegar, a little spice from the red pepper flakes plus a beautiful fresh and bright flavor from the kale.
Ginger Tempeh Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Almond Butter SauceCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour 10 mins
Recipe by: Connoisseurus Veg
My favorite way to eat a sweet potato – stuffed with gingery tempeh and almond butter sauce! This one is incredible!
Sesame-Cilantro Roasted Sweet Potatoes Drizzled with Creamy Tahini SauceCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 40 mins
Recipe by: Eating by Elaine
Crispy (and slightly spicy) sweet potatoes are drenched in a creamy tahini sauce that makes this side dish mouth watering. The cilantro garnish adds a gourmet twist that is unexpected and yet perfectly pairs with the nutty sesame and spicy chili flavor of these roasted beauties.
Quiche in a Sweet Potato CrustCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: Cooking Light
The whipped egg and milk combination sunk down perfectly in between the slices of sweet potatoes to create a perfectly tender crust (that holds together) on the bottom with a chip-like consistency around the edges.