Sassy Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes…a slightly sweet, yet mild food. They are the perfect blank palate for experimenting with spices! Fortunately, they are also a nutrient-powerhouse!
Some benefits of sweet potatoes include:
- Healthy nervous system (Think vitamin B6, potassium!)
- Manganese (Think blood sugar regulation!)
- Iron (Think blood cell production and immune system function!)
- Antioxidants (Beta-carotene, vitamins C & E—think cellular health/regeneration, healthy skin/hair/nails!)
- Note: beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A–be sure to consume sweet potatoes with a healthy fat to gain the full benefits! (Fact sources: 1, 2)
I hope you’ll agree that the humble sweet potato is a food your body will thank you for…now I’m about to convince you how delicious it can be! And the great thing about this recipe is that it can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or even on their own as a yummy snack!).
Sassy Sweet Potatoes
- 3/4 lb. organic sweet potatoes (after peeling), diced in small-medium pieces (approx. 1/2″)
- 1-2 T. organic grade B maple syrup (source)
- fat of choice (I used bacon fat from US Wellness–organic coconut oil or pastured lard would work as well)
- Spice mix (all organic if possible!)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 t. curry powder
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Directions (cooking times based on a preheated skillet)
- Heat up your skillet (I prefer cast iron because of it’s even heat distribution) on medium heat. Add your fat and allow to melt, coating the bottom of the skillet.
- Add the sweet potatoes and toss well, making sure they are coated in the oil/fat (add more fat as needed) and decrease heat slightly (especially if you are using a cast iron).
- Leave potatoes to cook, undisturbed, for at least 3 minutes (if using a cast iron skillet, most likely NO more than 4 minutes will be needed).
- Flip potatoes over and stir. (Flipping over can be tedious–you don’t want any surface that was previously cooked to be touching the pan—use tongs!)
- Add spices, more fat if needed, and stir well.
- Reduce heat to med-low, cook 4–6 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When potatoes are done (break apart easily), add the maple syrup, stir, and cook for 2 more minutes.
Note: if you are using a cast iron, wipe it out with a dry wash cloth, so the maple syrup doesn’t stick!
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