Roasted Sweet Potatoes Two Ways

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These candied veggies make a healthy sweet-tooth satisfier!

Looking for a sweet potatoes recipe that’s nutritious and delicious? Here, we have two recipes for roasted sweet potatoes:  Candied Maple and Savory & Herby. The savory sweet potatoes with onions, peppers, and herbs make a great dinner side, but also a nice potato hash for a brunch side. Maple syrup, orange, and raisins or dried cranberries make the Candied Sweet Potato dish healthful and flavorful. It’s a perfect side for a winter meal or a holiday dinner.

Ever wonder if yams and sweet potatoes were the same thing? Well, they’re not. What we usually eat in the U.S. are the orange fleshed, coppery skin colored sweet potatoes. Yams, also a root vegetable, are not even in the same plant family as sweet potatoes. They are found in parts of Asia and Africa as well as other tropical countries, and are blackish blue on the outside, with a flesh that varies from white, purple or reddish in color. They’re not typically as sweet as sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are vitamin-rich. For more sweet potatoes recipes and the health benefits of sweet potatoes check out 3 Reasons Why We’re Sweet on Sweet Potatoes.

Here are 3 slow cooker entree ideas that these sweet potato sides would be delicious with:
Slow Cooker Asian Braised Pork Tenderloin
Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf
Slow Cooker Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes Two Ways

You can't go wrong with this two-in-one recipe that provides both a savory and sweet way to cook sweet potatoes.
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 0.5 cup
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

For the Candied Maple Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 to 6 sweet potatoes well-scrubbed or peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup plumped raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 orange juiced and zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

For the Savory & Herby Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 to 6 sweet potatoes well-scrubbed (or peeled) and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 bell peppers any color
  • 1 red onion medium, finely chopped (sometimes called purple)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 cup thyme chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh chopped or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Candied Maple Sweet Potatoes

  • Plump the raisins or dried cranberries by placing them in a bowl of hot water and allowing them to stand for 15 to 20 minutes, until softened.
  • Meanwhile, peel the orange into wide strips with a vegetable peeler. Halve the orange and squeeze the juice into the bottom of a large bowl.
  • Place the sweet potatoes and raisins (or dried cranberries) into the bowl, and toss with olive oil, orange peels, cinnamon, maple syrup, and salt and pepper.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a rimmed nonstick baking sheet, pouring any remaining liquid in the bowl evenly over the sweet potatoes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through and golden crisp on the outside.

For the Savory and Herby Sweet Potatoes

  • Place the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and onions in a large bowl, and toss in olive oil, herbs, and salt and pepper.
  • Place the sweet potato mixture in a single layer on a rimmed nonstick baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through and golden crisp on the outside.

Notes

Savory, Herby Sweet Potatoes:
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: ½ cup | Calories: 146 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 39 mg | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 2 g

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 129mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords Gluten-Free, Holiday, Low-Carb, Paleo

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Suzie, YEAH!!!! I'm so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed and plan to make both a holiday tradition. 🙂

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