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25 Unique and Healthy Sweet Potato Dishes

By Elisha Baba


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Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes, and there are so many different ways to serve them. As well as being incredibly delicious, sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and they are full of antioxidants. Today I’ve compiled a whole selection of varied and exciting ways to serve this spud vegetable, so you’ll never be bored of eating it in the same way again.

25 Delicious Sweet Potato Dishes

1. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

For a quick and satisfying lunch or dinner, check out this recipe from Minimalist Baker. It uses a base of baked sweet potatoes, which are cut in half to shorten the cooking time. You’ll then add roasted chickpeas, garlic-herb sauce, and a salad to garnish, for a fulfilling and fresh meal that can be enjoyed during any season.

2. Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

This recipe from Comfort of Cooking makes an elegant side dish for any holiday dinner party. The rosemary and shallots help to make the layers of sweet potato aromatic and flavorful, while the dish also looks aesthetically pleasing with its spiral design.

3. Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love switching out regular fries for sweet potato fries, and this easy-to-follow recipe from Cookie + Kate gives this side dish the perfect texture and crunch. It makes a large serving of thinly sliced fries that has the ideal combination of sweet and salty tastes.

4. Mexican Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

Easy Peasy Foodie shares this delicious Mexican twist on a sweet potato side. With just twenty minutes to cook, you’ll coat the potatoes in spices, garlic, and lime juice for a side that would be great served with tacos or fajitas.

5. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

If you’ve never tried this combination before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! Allrecipes shows us how easy this holiday dish is to make, and it’s perfect for a family gathering or pot luck dinner. You’ll only need forty-five minutes to prep and cook this yummy side dish, and it will create a serving big enough to feed at least eight people.

6. Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Eating Well shares this easy recipe where you’ll toss your sweet potatoes in maple syrup, butter, and lemon juice before roasting them in the oven. The ingredients combine to form the perfect glaze that brings out the rich flavor of your sweet potatoes.

7. Baked Sweet Potato

Baked potatoes are one of my go-to lunches when I’m in a rush but want to eat something nutritious and delicious. Love & Lemons shares their top tricks for making the perfect baked sweet potato, which can be enjoyed with the filling of your choice.

8. Loaded Indian Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Rebel Recipes offers a unique combination of tastes with this loaded Indian spiced sweet potato recipe. Combining spiced peas, coriander, and coconut, the ingredients mix together to create a flavorful side dish that’s an excellent side dish choice for a special meal with family and friends.

9. Roasted Sweet Potato Traybake

Sweet potatoes will become part of a substantial meal with this delicious traybake from All Plants. You’ll combine sweet potatoes, tofu, and red pepper, before slathering them in a rich peanut butter sauce. It’s ideal for lunch or dinner, and this dish can be served either warm or cold.

10. Sweet Potato and Turmeric Mash

Mashed potatoes are loved by kids and adults of all ages, and this dish is perfect for anyone who doesn’t enjoy the texture of roasted potatoes. Naturally Sassy adds turmeric to her recipe for a rich flavor, and then it’s complemented by lemon juice to add a lighter touch. Instead of using butter, this recipe adds coconut cream, and all of these ingredients combine to make a fantastic side dish to serve with any main course.

11. Sweet Potato Jackets with Tuna

To spice up your weekday lunch rotation, add this sweet potato jacket into the mix. This recipe from The Real Food Geek contains a filling of creamy tuna salad with no mayonnaise. The hands-on time for this recipe is just five minutes, so it’s perfect to pop in the oven while you are busy working at home.

12. Sweet Potato Latkes

In just thirty minutes you’ll be able to create about twenty-six pancakes, thanks to this recipe from Epicurious. You’ll combine sweet potatoes, scallions, flour, and eggs in this simple yet delicious recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

13. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato

This is the ideal side dish for your family’s holiday gathering, and you’ll be able to create a huge dish of tender roasted sweet potatoes with very little time in the kitchen. Eat Well 101 shares this easy-to-follow recipe that adds garlic and parmesan before swirling your potatoes around to make an inviting side dish for any party.

14. Sweet Potato Puree

If you have some spare sweet potatoes, they are an ideal food to puree. Not only are they a great source of vitamin A, but they are also perfectly soft and sweet for babies to enjoy. This recipe from Martha Stewart is suitable for freezing and makes an amazing base for pies and souffles.

15. Mashed Sweet Potatoes Brulee

Another great serving suggestion for the holiday season, this dish from Skinny Taste is perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Your sweet potatoes are mashed then seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s all topped off with brown sugar, which caramelizes flawlessly in the oven when cooked.

16. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

If you are catering to a wide range of dietary requirements this holiday season, then this is an ideal addition to your food spread. This recipe from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring creates a souffle-like potato dish with a warm and sweet crumble topping. It perfectly combines different tastes and textures to produce a dish that will be enjoyed by everyone.

17. Melting Sweet Potatoes

Foodie with Family shares one of my all-time favorite ways to serve these spuds, with this melting sweet potatoes recipe. Cooked at a high-temperature, this cooking method brings out the sweet and savory flavors of the dish. They are super tender to eat and are the perfect side for any meat or vegetarian main dish.

18. Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

For an alternative to pumpkin pie, consider mixing things up and using sweet potatoes instead. This is a vegan-friendly dessert option that is so simple to make and packed with flavor. Loving it Vegan shares this easy recipe which involves blending all of the ingredients together in a food processor. Then you’ll pour the mixture into the pie crust, before putting it in the oven for one hour.

19. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Whipped Feta and Hot Honey

For a decadent and cozy meal this winter, try out this unique recipe from Camille Styles. It’s a simple to follow recipe which combines feta, coriander, pomegranate seeds, green onion, and hot honey to create a taste explosion in your mouth. It’s ideal for a date night or dinner, and you’ll impress whoever you serve this dish to without spending hours in the kitchen.

20. Soul Sweet ‘Taters

This has become one of my favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, and this recipe from The Pioneer Woman is ideal for a party or small gathering this holiday season, as it serves ten people. The dish combines pecans, sugar, butter, and sweet potatoes for a rich and creamy side that will wow the whole family.

21. Sweet Potato with Tahini Butter

This recipe from the NY Times involves roasting your sweet potatoes to create a nice texture, without them getting too crispy. However, to add even more taste to the dish, you’ll slather them in tahini butter with soy sauce, for a perfect salty taste to this side.

22. Fondant Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Tin Eats shares this method for creating the perfect slow-roasted sweet potatoes. You’ll use a garlicky stock to create a tender yet flavor-filled potato that will be perfectly caramelized on the outside. For even more flavor, add a dab of maple butter pecan sauce on top before serving.

23. Savory Sweet Potato Soup

If you are anything like me, you might tend to overstock on vegetables around the holiday season. Whenever I have too many leftover sweet potatoes, I find making a big batch of soup is a great way to use them up. This recipe from White on Rice Couple makes a creamy soup that’s perfect for chilly winter evenings.

24. One-Pan Sweet Potato and Cod Traybake

Good Housekeeping has created this delicious traybake which you can make using any white fish. The recipe uses a mild curry paste, but it’s easy to experiment and add more heat as you desire. Combining sweet potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, chickpeas, and cod, you’ll make a healthy and delicious meal using just one pan.

25. Sweet Potato and Butterbean Roasty Roots Traybake

This traybake from The Vegan Larder is perfect for the fall and winter seasons, and it is so easy to prepare and cook. I love traybakes because they involve little time in the kitchen, and you can lay the table and clean up while they are cooking in the oven. This recipe combines different tasty flavors including butterbeans, garlic, and red peppers.

Sweet potatoes are such a versatile root vegetable and are a healthy and filling addition to any meal. With these recipes listed above, you’ll always have a new dish to try, and you’ll never be bored of the same old roasted or baked potatoes. Hopefully, you can find at least one dish on this list you’ll be excited to give a try. Whichever recipe you decide is sure to be a big hit with the whole family this season.

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