Even though I’m technically not a southern girl (I grew up in the North) and never even touched a sweet potato until I was 26, when I need a good, filling meal, one of my favorites is sweet potatoes, pinto beans, and greens.
Sweet potatoes can almost always be found on the table at Thanksgiving dinner, but this super food is so delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare, there’s no reason not to enjoy it throughout the fall and winter months when it is available.
Boiled sweet potatoes are ok, but I prefer them baked. Besides being an easier, faster, and more nutritious method, I think that they taste better this way. Never baked one of these jewels?
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes
Super easy and super nutritious baked sweet potatoes.
- sweet potatoes (however many you would like)
- Wash sweet potatoes well and pierce skins with a knife or fork. Place potatoes on oven rack in oven.
- Bake at 350°F until sweet potatoes are very tender on the inside (about 1 hour). Time will vary depending on the size and age of potato. Serve hot, warm, or cold.
That’s it! Actual hands-on time to make enough for the entire family is about 5 minutes. So fast, so simple!
And so yummy!!! It’s like being able to eat dessert for lunch!
Sweet Potatoes and Weight Loss
Sweet potatoes are a fabulous weight loss food as they are low in calories, high in fiber, and are a good source of vitamins A and C. And of course, they contain no cholesterol.
It’s unfortunate that most grocery stores only carry one or two of the 400 varieties of sweet potatoes grown. These beauties come in a wide range of flavors and colors (from white to yellow to purple and more). My personal favorite is “Nancy Hall” – an old time sweet potato that has a yellow skin and a pale flesh and is very sweet when baked. I’m looking forward to growing some in my garden this year.
Sometimes sweet potatoes are mistakenly called “yams”, but true yams are native to Africa, are more starchy and less sweet than sweet potatoes, and are not even related to the sweet potato that we find in grocery stores and gardens in the U.S.
More Sweet Taters
Looking for another delicious way to enjoy this super food?
Try some of these Sweet Potato Hash Browns.
Or this scrumptious Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili