Monday, February 22, 2021

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day - Celebrate the Sweet Potato

Nutrition Information

Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin A, high in vitamin C, a good source of dietary fiber and potassium. They are naturally fat-free; saturated fat-free; low sodium; and cholesterol-free.




How to Select
Choose firm, small- to medium-sized potatoes with smooth skin. Avoid cracks, soft spots, and blemishes.

How to Store
Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place for use within 3-5 weeks.


Recipe
Cooking Light by Hannah Klinger



Top 9 Ways To Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

1. Bake, Roast, or Steam. Pick a cooking method and enjoy! Use whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes as a side dish to any meal.

2. Mash - Steam peeled sweet-potato chunks for about 10 minutes until tender, and mash with a dash of orange juice.

3. Top Your Salad. Sweet potatoes make sweet salad toppings. Combine diced sweet potatoes, pineapple tidbits, apples, celery, and cashews. Serve over salad greens

4. Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potato fries make a delicious treat. Quarter sweet potatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-60 minutes. For a spicy twist, add a dash of cayenne pepper.

5. Substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes in your favorite potato salad recipe.

6. Grill - Slice sweet potatoes into thick ½ inch rounds and grill until lightly browned. Drizzle with lime juice.

7. Add a Twist to Your Sandwiches. Cut thin slices of cooked sweet potatoes and add to your favorite sandwich or wrap instead of tomatoes.

8. Drizzle and Eat - Dice cooked, peeled sweet potatoes and drizzle with maple syrup for a side dish.

9. A Healthy Snack. Try munching on sweet potato chips. Thinly slice a large sweet potato and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.



Resources
2. EatingWell, Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes
3. Easy and Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes, CookingLight 






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