What is the Healthiest Vegetable? (Its not a Potato)

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Seven years ago, when I began changing my lifestyle to one where I consciously decide what I eat, how I eat, and how much I eat, I began looking for places where I could get “More Bang for my Buck.” 

At the time, we were a one income household, had a brand new baby, and cutting costs was a MUST! Knowing that nutrition and health were important and knowing how fabulous I was feeling from my new found choices, I began searching for foods that were tasty AND nutritious.

Having tried the South Beach diet a few times prior, I knew that baked potatoes were not the best answer for me, in fact were a very pour choice for me, so I turned to my new best friend… The SWEET POTATO!

My first thought was “in a crock pot with brown sugar, cinnamon, & marshmallows” then I realized that wasn’t the best way to “improve” my health… sugar and high fructose corn syrup are not the answer, but sweet potatoes and cinnamon were a good choice.

Today, I wish to introduce you to the AMAZING sweet potato and a few recipes that are wonderful with these little power house vegetables. (YES, VEGETABLES)

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, based on percentages of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for six nutrients, SWEET POTATOES are and excellent choice!  To be honest, my husband was a bit leery at first, but now he is a sweet tater fanatic just like me – although he won’t admit it.

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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes 

These can be served with butter and organic sour cream, with butter and cinnamon, or just eaten plain.  Yummers

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

— Just  like French Fries but tastier and healthier!

Sweet Potato Brownies

— The jury is still out on this one. I liked them, but they need to be cooked much longer as they are a very gooey brownie.

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes-Easy & Nutritious

This is a tough one.  Hope you can handle it. Smile

We LOVE Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and since they are so packed with excellent vitamins & healthy minerals, we include them regularly. In my quest to choose healthy foods, this one ranks right up there AND my family loves them too!

We grill chicken at least twice a week and these are a favorite as we roast them on the grill while cooking up the chicken boobs.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt
  • Organic Seasoning (we use Kirkland’s-bought at COSTCO)
  • Sweet Potatoes (these were from my friend’s family farm in Lousiana)

Directions:

  • Wash potatoes well
  • Chop potatoes into 1/2-1 inch pieces
  • Coat skillet with EVOO or Coconut oil ~2 TBLSP
  • Arrange in a single layer on an iron skillet
  • Sprinkle Seasoning & Garlic Salt over potatoes
  • Roast over low heat on the grill until browned
    • The natural sugars caramelize and taste great
    • My 7 yr old thinks these are the best french fries

Roasted Sweet potatoes cooked

We have made these on the stove over medium heat (when we run out of LP for our grill) and we have made them over an open camp fire, in a bigger skillet. 

We have also been known to mix in some red potatoes with them for a little variation. (We are eating protein with the meal so a carb isn’t as bad)

Super easy, super tasty, super healthy!

Perfect Sweet Potatoes–Quick and simple!

My friend, Chris Griffith of Life in Bonita Springs recently shared her recipe for the perfect potato.  I fixed it for my family and WOW!

An easy, healthy recipe to not only make the tater tasty, but I EVEN ate the skins!

Sweet Potatos

Typically, I  will bake a sweet potato in the oven, then crack off and peel off the skin. (Skins have feelings, and nutrients too.) When I finished baking these, the skins were soft and supple and tasty, so… I ATE THEM!

You won’t believe how easy this is!

You will need:

  • 2 TBLS coconut oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • sweet potatoes (works for russets and reds too)
  • 1 gallon zip lock
  • large piece of aluminum foil

Directions!

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Wash potatoes with water and a scrub brush & strain to dry
  • Place coconut oil in zip lock bag
  • put potatoes in zip lock and move around to coat in the coconut oil
  • Lay potatoes on rack to drip off extra coconut oil (OR…remove batteries from smoke detectors and turn vent fans on high prior to cooking)
  • Season lightly with course sea salt
  • Place on top rack in oven with strip of foil under potatoes to catch any additional drippings
  • Cook 45 minutes, or until tender
  • Cut into bite sized pieces and enjoy it all – skins taste amazing too!

Leftover potatoes (I make extra) can then be used to make a very tasty breakfast hash brown recipe.

Remember, Sweet Potatoes are VEGETABLES… NOT POTATOES!

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