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
Candied Maple Sweet Potatoes:
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: ½ cup | Calories: 215 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 129 mg | Carbohydrates: 3g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 9 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
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
- 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 and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 to 6 sweet potatoes, well-scrubbed (or peeled) and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 bell peppers (any color)
- 1 medium red (sometimes called purple) onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped thyme
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 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.
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