The humble sweet potato is jam-packed full of vitamin C. Don't just think of using sweet potatoes with a roast dinner. Sweet potatoes are super versatile and full of nutrients.
Even though they are called potatoes they're not potatoes. They are naturally sweet root vegetables. There are many different types of sweet potatoes from white-fleshed to purple flesh, red, orange and cream. The most popular variety is known as the Covington which has dirty looking pink skin and orange pulp inside.
Healthy Benefits of Eating Sweet Potatoes
Eating one sweet potato gives you 400% of the Vitamin A you need each day. Which is great for your eyes, heart, kidneys, reproductive systems and helps fight against germs which during the pandemic is a fantastic way to keep your immune system healthy. The rich orange colour in sweet potatoes is called carotenoids which are antioxidants, meaning they can protect your bodies cells from day-to-day damage.
Minerals in Sweet Potatoes
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
A simple and healthy lunch or dinner idea with delicious roasted whole sweet potatoes, tomatoes and green beans served with spring greens, quinoa and spicy flaked almonds. If you're not vegan add a little parmesan cheese to serve.
Takes = 10 mins prep.
Bakes = 50-60 mins
Makes = 2-3 serves
This recipe Sweet Potato balls is my new favourite type of alternative falafel. I have been testing and sampling versions of sweet potato balls over the last three months; trying baking versus fried. Bake the sweet potato the day before to prepare and make it quicker to make this recipe. Click here for the full recipe
Takes = 10-30mins (plus chill time)
Bakes = 30-60mins (prep. 45mins + roasting balls 20mins)
Makes = 20 Balls
What's for dinner? I am sharing a Sweet Potato Sheet Pan recipe, this takes 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. This sheet pan recipe includes spiced sweet potato, roasted carrots, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and served with fresh leaves and a drizzle of yoghurt dressing. Mix and match what vegetables you have on-hand. Swap out the sweet potato for butternut pumpkin.
Takes = 10 mins to prep.
Bakes = 45 mins
Makes = 2 serves