5 Different Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes for Every Time of Day

Sweet potatoes are incredibly good for you and versatile. They’ve been coming around in popularity over the last few years, and they’re not just relegated to the Thanksgiving dinner table anymore. They’re nutrient-dense, and can be cooked a multitude of ways. You see the recipes all over your Pinterest page, and it likely rocks your world.

However, have you ever really paid attention to what kind of cooking and food substitutions you can utilize with these bad boys?

1. For Breakfast:

You see hash browns being served at restaurants and our own kitchens on a near daily basis, so why not substitute them with a more nutritious trade off, like a sweet potato?

Simply wash and scrape off the skin of the sweet potatoes, get a shredder, and shred the potatoes into little bite-sized strands of potato. take it up an extra level by heating up a waffle maker, mixing the strands together with and egg, and then slapping them on the griddle—making a sweet potato waffle.

What sounds better in the morning than that? Get the recipe here.

2. For Burgers and Sandwiches:

If you’re looking for a wholesome alternative to grains to serve as a bun, look no further than sweet potatoes. Because of their consistency, they make the perfect top and bottom to your killer BLT.

Just cut off two round slices per sandwich (or burger!) and either bake for 25 minutes or microwave for a few and voila! You have two perfectly baked and/or toasted “buns”.

Get the recipe here.

3. For French Fries:

Dukkah Crusted Sweet Potato Fries + Garlicky Tahini Dipping Sauce. An oldie (2014!), but a goodie. ?Question. Stopovers: Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, Bali? If you're in the know, what would you recommend? Turns out we need to book our tickets out of Aus for visa purposes so have some quick plans to make??! : RECIPE Ingredients : 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds 4 teaspoons pepitas to scatter over 3-4 sweet potatoes (cut into rustic chips/wedges) 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil/olive oil 1 whole, unpeeled garlic clove for roasting (for the dipping sauce) Salt + pepper to season : Tahini Dipping Sauce with Roasted Garlic 1 pinch salt 1-2 teaspoon chopped fresh herbs to garnish (parsley and chives work well) 75 ml tahini 75 ml lemon juice 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil/ olive oil 75-125 ml water (to achieve desired consistency) 1 roasted garlic clove (that was roasted along with your sweet potato fries) : Directions : For the fries: 1. Preheat oven to 190° C (fan). Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 2. Crush cumin & fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. Pop crushed seeds into a small bowl with the sesame seeds. Place the potato wedges in a large bowl, drizzle over oil and toss potatoes to coat with the oil. Sprinkle over the seed and spice mix and toss gently to coat. 3. Place the coated potato wedges and unpeeled garlic clove (roast extra for later if you like) on the baking tray. Scatter over pepitas and/or sunflower seeds. 4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until seeds are nicely toasted & wedges are baked. Turn them after 20 minutes if you like. To make the Dipping Sauce: 1. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its peel & pulse a food processor, together with tahini, lemon juice, oil, salt and 75 ml of water. Add more water to achieve the consistency you want. 2. When smooth & of desired consistency, transfer to a bowl and sprinkle over fresh herbs. Serve Fries hot, with Tahini Dipping Sauce to accompany. : Preparing to go to #formex tomorrow to catch the @add.wise peeps, some of my colleagues & some serious inspo! Hope you are well?! Love Marisa x #plantbased

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If you’ve never made your own fries, now is the time to start. By making your own and avoiding pre-packaged sweet potato fries from the store, grab some sweet potatoes and make your own! The process is simple, fast, and you get the added knowledge of what exactly goes on your fries.

Who needs added sodium and preservatives in store-bought fries when you can easily make and bake your own? Crank your oven on, and bake these for about 25-35 minutes, then enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

4. For Dinner:

That’s right, you can serve up a sweet potato as the star of a main dish at lunch or dinner. How so, you may be asking. For those who haven’t seen it before, we present the sloppy joe boat, or a baked sweet potato topped with your favorite sloppy joe mix.

Simple, filling and nutritious. There’s nothing quite better than that! Get the recipe here.

5. For Dessert:

My mother in law made these yummy cuties #minisweetpotatopies #thanksgiving2015 ❤

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Say what? You read correctly! There are numerous desserts you can make with sweet potato, including mini sweet potato pies or sweet potato ice cream.

Though it may sound weird at first, this is a don’t-knock-it-’til-you-try-it type of situation. Get the sweet potato pie recipe here, and the ice cream recipe here.

Read More: The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams