Meatless Monday: Sweet Potatoes 101

Sweet potatoes are the best.  Like, seriously… you can enjoy them savory or sweet.

From baked to mashed to added into a smoothie, they are so good and so nutritious.  They can be a main dish or side dish and rock either way.

How to Bake a Sweet Potato

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Poke sweet potato several times with a fork
  • Place on a little tin foil on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes
baked & ready to eat

baked & ready to eat

It’s almost too easy, I know.

What kind of nutritious benefits does one sweet potato contain?

  • fiber – almost 2x as much as a regular potato, this helps keep you fuller longer!
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C & iron – who doesn’t want a healthy immune system?!
  • antioxidants & vitamin B6 – healthy heart!
  • potassium

Easy Recipe Ideas

  • I love mashing mine up and sprinkling a little iodized sea salt on top
sweet potato + sea salt

sweet potato + sea salt

  • Add one quarter or half of a baked sweet potato into your next smoothie instead of banana (there will be a sweet potato smoothie concoction up on the blog in the near future)
  • Wild salmon + steamed veggies + a little sweet potato = perfection
  • Sweet potato chips – simply slice up and bake; great with a side of hummus
yummy, healthy, easy snack!

yummy, healthy, easy snack!

  • For an easy Meatless Monday dinner, try having some baked potato with steamed broccoli & brown rice – mix in a little salsa for a nice kick!
sweet potato & broccoli + brown rice & salsa

sweet potato & broccoli + brown rice & salsa

What’s your favorite sweet potato recipe?

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