Make Good On Sweet Potato Season With These 15 Ideas

Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
By Laura Newcomer
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Regardless of the season, sweet potatoes are always a versatile, healthy option for a colorful, filling meal. Not only are they beautiful, they’re also loaded with fiber and nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. They can be grilled, baked, sautéed, and prepared in a huge variety of dishes — as you’ll learn from perusing this list of 15 healthier recipes sourced from around the web. Read on and get cooking!
Breakfast And Brunch
Quick Sweet Potato Hash
Antioxidant-rich red bell peppers, onions, lycopene-boasting grape tomatoes, and spicy cayenne combine with the star ingredient for a quick and easy hash. Add an egg on top for some extra protein, or eat it as a side or small meal.
Roasted Sweet Potato And Kale With Poached Eggs
Talk about your breakfast of champions: Sweet potatoes, heart-healthy olive oil, a whole bunch of kale (which is a great source of fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins K, A, and C), and some protein-packed eggs offer up a filling, well-balanced morning meal.
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes
These are a delightfully simple, healthier version of the classic latke: Sweet potatoes mixed with onions, eggs, a few spices, and the flour of your choice (choose whole-wheat for an extra health boost) are baked — not fried — into pancake-y perfection.
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Snacks, Sides, And Small Bites
Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus
Hummus just got even more exciting. The standard chickpea-tahini-olive oil recipe takes a turn on the wild side with the addition of garlic, sweet potato, Sriracha, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For an extra-sweet-potato-ey snack, pair this dip with the sweet potato crackers below.
Sweet Potatoes With Pecans And Goat Cheese
Wow your dinner guests with these adorable little bites packed with flavor (thanks to some pepper, red wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard) as well as protein from goat cheese, healthy fats from pecans and olive oil, and vitamins from sweet potatoes, celery, and shallots.
Sweet Potato Crackers
These cheery crackers share the color of Goldfish — only their hue comes naturally, thanks to the sweet potatoes. Add in the baking flour of your choice and just a wee bit of butter, salt, sugar, and baking powder, and you’re good to go.
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Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
Soups And Salads
Sweet Potato Chili
Loaded with onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and protein-rich black beans, this vegan recipe is hearty and packed full of nutrients. Bonus: The recipe only uses one pot for easy clean-up!
Sweet Potato Bisque
With a slew of veggies and superfoods, including garlic and fresh ginger plus peanut butter for added protein, this vegetarian bisque packs a nutritional punch.
Caramelized Onion And Sweet Potato Soup
This recipe gives away nearly all its ingredients in the title. Good-for-you onions and sweet potatoes meet up with some chicken broth, a bit of butter and sugar, and several fragrant spices (including nutmeg and thyme) for a meal that's simple, tasty, and perfect for hot or cold weather.
Main Entrees
Balsamic Glazed Sweet Potato Pasta
This dish is love at first site and bite. Sweet potatoes, the pasta of your choice (go with whole-wheat for a healthier twist), a little olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, and a few heaping cups of superfood spinach make for a healthy, filling meal that’s fit for lunch or dinner and hot or cold weather.
Curry-Spiced Sweet Potato Samosas With A Persimmon-Tomato Marmalade
The name alone makes us drool. A sweet and garlicky sauce gets paired with a surprisingly good-for-you dough (it’s full of superfood spices such as ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon) and a delicious, wholesome filling of onions, sweet potatoes, curry paste, carrots, garlic, coconut milk, and lime juice.
Black Bean And Sweet Potato Burger
Black beans bring the fiber and protein, ginger and garlic bring the flavor, and almond butter adds some healthy fats and a creamy texture to these easy-to-make vegetarian burgers.
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Sweets
Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding
Um, YES. Pureed sweet potatoes provide the base for this remarkably healthy pudding recipe, which gains more sweetness and flavor from just a bit of maple syrup, almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. We’ll take three cases to go, please.
Sweet Potato And Apple Casserole
Healthy spices, apples (a superfood in our book), a couple sweet potatoes, and a smidgen of maple syrup make for a pretty, healthier take on dessert.
Crustless Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie
This one offers further proof that going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean going without baked goods for the rest of your life. This wholesome-looking pie is made with only six ingredients: eggs, mashed sweet potatoes, some sugar, pumpkin pie spice, coconut milk, and gluten-free flour. Pop it in the oven and you’ll be spooning pie in no time.
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