Ah, the sweet potato. It’s sweet and, well, starchy. And the best part is that it can becooked and prepared almost exactly like it’s more bland counterpart, the standard potato. You can mash it, bake it, chop it, mince it and much more.
Of course, the real benefits have nothing to do with the cooking and preparation. Sweet potatoes are incredibly reliable root vegetables that will keep for quite some time. They’ll even start growing, for the most part, just about anywhere — though, you’ll definitely want to pot or plant them if you intend to truly nurture a thriving root.
More importantly, they are one of the most versatile foods money can buy. On top of preparing them in many ways, you can include them in so many different recipes from sweets and desserts, to hearty barbecue meals. To think, the humble sweet potato never brags or boasts about its usefulness —then again, it’s not like it has a mouth or tongue to brag, but that’s beside the point.
Here are some of our favorite — and delicious — sweet potato recipes you can make for yourself and your family.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Guacamole
Nothing is better than a stuffed, well, anything! Stuffed mushrooms, stuffed meatballs, stuffed peppers, stuffed sweet potatoes — the list goes on and on.
This vegetarian-friendly dinner employs a spice-rubbed sweet potato for added flavor, stuffed to the brim with rice and burrito toppings. It will work well as a Tex-Mex or southern-style side, or you could even opt for it as a light entree. Add some guacamole dip and chips, and it’s a party!
Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries
Fries are positively delicious, aren’t they? The problem is, they aren’t healthy at all and tend to be excessively greasy or salty at times. But fret not, as it is possible to make some healthy, satisfyingly crispy fries with sweet potatoes!
If you’ve never had sweet potato fries before, then you’ll be delighted by the salty-sweet mix. Spring for this recipe of homemade sweet potato fries and a cinnamon spice blend, and you won’t regret it.
No-Bake Sweet Potato Breakfast Brownies
What if you could have scrumptious brownies for breakfast? Yes, please! Now, what if those brownies didn’t require you to bake anything? Yeah, that’s a total no-brainer.
This recipe results in some decadently thick, chewy and extra fudgy brownies that can be prepared in minutes. And guess what? They’re great for anyone on a paleo, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free diet! Can’t go wrong there!
Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles With Cashew Sauce
Sometimes, you just smell a meal cooking, and it melts your heart. Then, you take the first bite, and you have to try with all your strength not to collapse under the weight of the pleasure. That’s exactly what’s going to happen to you — and your taste buds — when you give this recipe a try!
It bundles creamy potato noodles with a healthy cashew sauce and is interlaced with spinach leaves. The result is a satisfying, relatively light veggie-friendly food that anyone can enjoy.
Sweet Potato Rounds, Goat Cheese and Honey
Need a savory yet quick appetizer or snack to hold over your hungry guests? Why not slice up some sweet potato rounds, smother them in goat cheese, candied pecans, cranberries and honey?
It makes for one of the most interesting yet delightfully sweet, homemade hors d’oeuvres you could prepare.
Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs
Need some meat in your life? No problem! These gluten-free and low carb sweet potato sausage dogs are totes amazing!
Just slice the sweet potatoes in half — and cook them until they are nice and tender — before tossing a seared bratwurst sausage between. Sprinkle with some condiments and dive in!
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Noodles Stir Fry
What if we told you that you could prepare your sweet potatoes like noodles, and toss them into a robust stir-fry? Is your mouth watering yet?
Well, it should be, and this recipe also makes for a super-easy dinner that you can prepare and serve in under 20 minutes. Sign us up.
Creamy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
In the mood for some soup? This recipe for a sweet potato and coconut soup is extra creamy and delicious — and no cream is called for! Talk about comfort food!
Plus, if you’re not a fan of coconut, you can easily omit the coconut milk and still end up with a delicious soup.
Whole30 Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
In a rush out the door? No worries, this breakfast bowl only calls for three ingredients and takes just minutes to prepare. Plus, it’s loaded to the brim with healthy fats, delicious sweets and protein! It also happens to be Whole30 and paleo friendly.
The sweet potato adds natural sweetening, and the almond butter, almond milk and berries top it all off.
Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Black Bean Burritos
Sometimes, life — or dinner — just calls for a burrito. This gluten-free recipe, provided you use gluten-free tortillas, is just what the doctor ordered. Okay, so maybe a doctor wouldn’t order it, but you get the idea.
It merges the flavors of mushrooms, black beans, tortillas and, of course, sweet potatoes. It only takes about a half-hour to prepare, too. Give it a try!
Sweet potatoes are super versatile, delicious and healthy. Those traits make them ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner — or all three in one day. We don’t judge.