Foodie Tuesday: You Did What With Sweet Potatoes?!

I firmly believe that there is no food that can’t be improved with the addition of one or more sweet potatoes. Some people say that fall is pumpkin season, but I’m sweet on sweet potatoes all year round.

They might not be the prettiest legumes, but I love them for what's on the inside.

Sweet potatoes lure me in with their deliciousness, but I stay for the amazing health benefits. Rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, sweet potatoes also contain anthocyanins, which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Additionally, sweet potatoes consist of sporamins, a type of storage protein, which have unique antioxidant properties. With great taste and multiple health benefits, you can see why I’m liable to put sweet potatoes in anything and everything, even in a few places that you wouldn’t expect them to go like…

Sweet Potato Hummus

As a foodie, I’m always on the lookout for new vegan recipes. When I came across this one, my mouse stopped in its tracks. I love combining my favorite things, so I wanted to make sweet potato hummus immediately. I had high expectations for this recipe, and I was not disappointed.

This is definitely not your mother's hummus.

The best part about this sweet potato hummus is the cumin seasoning which adds just the right amount of savory spice to the sweet potato-chickpea mix. Sweet potato hummus goes great with raw veggies and pita, but it also makes a unique sandwich spread.

Look at that orangey goodness!

If you want to add some extra spice, you can top the hummus off with some smoked paprika.

Can life get any better? It can if there’s still room in your stomach for…

Sweet Potato Donuts

I only wanted to make sweet potato donuts because my roommate has a donut pan, and I like playing with new toys.

I knew they were too doughy before I made them, but I still hoped they would turn out well. I was wrong.

However, I learned something important about making donuts in a donut pan rather than frying them and that is: don’t use a donut recipe. Because you bake the donuts rather than fry them, the dough acts differently than it was intended by the chef. I chose a yeasted donut recipe, assuming that because there was yeast in it, it would act like bread and bake well. I was wrong. My donuts were good when they were fresh out of the oven, but the next day they were hard and dry.

Don't be fooled by their pretty maple glaze, these guys turned on me in less than 24 hours.

Even the delicious maple glaze couldn’t salvage the do-nots.

If you want to fry your donuts, godspeed. However, if you plan on baking them, I recommend using a muffin recipe rather than a donut recipe. The consistency will be much more cake donut-like, but that is still preferable to the rock consistency I achieved with my first batch. Chalk it all up to experience. At least I had better success with…

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

This is my favorite sweet potato recipe. I love it because it is easy to make and even easier to devour. Seriously, try to control yourself from gobbling this up in less than five minutes. It will be hard, but you can do it.

I used organic whole wheat fusilli pasta because the rings of the pasta hold the cheese better. And who doesn't want more cheese to their mac?

I love this recipe because you throw everything into a food processor, pour it over some pasta (or spiralized zucchini!) and voila! sweet potato mac and cheese. After a long day of work or school or well, life, this dish makes the most rewarding dinner.

Vegan mac and cheese is perfect comfort food on its own, but when you add sweet potato…something magical happens. The creamy and savory combination satisfies your body and soul, especially on these colder fall days.

Who can resist such cheesy goodness? Not I.

Incidentally, that’s the perfect excuse to make sweet potato mac and cheese all the time, which, after you make it once, you will want to do. Just let it happen.

Adding sweet potatoes to your favorite foods will benefit your life. Don’t believe me? Just try it.  You can thank me later.

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2 Responses to Foodie Tuesday: You Did What With Sweet Potatoes?!

  1. Need to make 25 Butterfly cookies for a party. Plain cookies that the kids get to decorate at the party. Never made cookies that you use cookie cutter for before. Any easy recipes? Any helpful hints on them coming out perfectly cut with the cookie cutter?

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