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Easy Recipe for the Potato-Loving Family

Sweet PotatoesEasy Recipe for the Potato-Loving Family

Do you have someone in your family who just LOVES potatoes? You know, the person that asks for them every time you make dinner; but you’re trying very hard to stick to a ‘healthy’ eating plan and fluffy, buttery, high calorie mashed potatoes just aren’t on your ‘eating well’ list. Well, fear not! You can still have potatoes. Sweet potatoes, that is. And I’m not talking about the Thanksgiving casserole kind, either. (Although, let’s be honest, those are pretty dang yummy.)

The nutritional benefits of this root vegetable make them the perfect side dish for any lunch or dinner meal. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene and by themselves have limited or no saturated fats or cholesterol.  (It’s all the other yummy stuff we add to them that adds all the extra calories, sugar and fat.) In fact, sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.  And for those of you who may be watching your sugar level, sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic level than the regular potatoes. So, they are a win-win for everyone.

So, the next time your family begs for potatoes, add a little variety to your potato loving family and try out this easy, healthy recipe for ‘baked’ sweet potato wedges.

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (I prefer the larger ones)
  • Olive Oil (EVOO, if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 ½ Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cover baking pan with parchment paper to help with sticking.

Scrub and wash the sweet potatoes, and then cut length-wise into wedges.

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Then spread on baking sheet.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, turning/flipping the wedges half-way.

Allow the wedges to cool slightly before serving. Viola, you’re done! A healthy (and naturally sweet) substitute for regular potatoes.

 

*This recipe is a variation of several recipes found on the FoodNetwork mobile app. One recipe called for paprika and garlic powder, which sounds delicious as well.

Do you make sweet potato wedges for your family? Tell us what other recipes you use with sweet potatoes. We would love to know.

Here’s more information about Sweet Potatoes – just in case you want to show off your food knowledge!!

South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival

Nutritional Information on SP – World’s Healthiest Foods

Mind, Body, Green – Fun Facts about Sweet Potatoes

 

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