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Sweet Potato Chips

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  Sweet Potato Chips

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Using a mandoline or knife, slice the sweet potatoes into very thin rounds, approximately 1/16-inch thick if possible and no thicker than 1/8 inch. Make sure they are even and thin though not transparent. Bring a pot of water to boil. Place the sweet potato slices into the boiling water and return to a simmer over medium heat. After 5 minutes, remove the sweet potatoes and drain the water.

Combine the sea salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder, poultry seasoning, and cayenne in a small bowl. Lightly grease two baking trays with coconut oil. Arrange the sweet potato slices on the trays so that they are not overlapping. Brush the tops of the sweet potatoes lightly with more coconut oil. Sprinkle the spice mix generously over the top of the slices.

Bake the sweet potatoes for 25 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and set the slices that are already crispy to one side. Return the trays back to the oven for 5 more minutes and then check to remove the crispy chips again. If needed, bake remaining slices 3 to 5 minutes more. Note that the chips might not appear crispy when first removed from the oven, though should crisp up as they cool.

Serve sweet potato chips alongside guacamole, or enjoy them plain! Their crunchiness is at its peak within a few hours of making.

Makes 1 to 2 servings

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Sweet Potato Fudge

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Sweet Potato Fudge

 

 

2 cups sweet potato, cooked and puree

 

1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut

 

1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted

 

1/2 cup cocoa powder

 

1 tsp vanilla

 

dash of sea salt

 

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

 

Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper or wax paper.

 

Press fudge into pan.

 

Sprinkle shredded coconut over fudge and press into place with the back of a spoon.

 

Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

 

Cut into squares.

 

This recipe is also good with one walnut or pecan pressed into each square before it sets.

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

 

INGREDIENTS

CASSEROLE:

2-1/4 to 2-1/2 pounds (about 4 cups) sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and mashed

1/3 cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten ( adding protein is smart when you use sugar)

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute

TOPPING:

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, melted

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Spread into a greased 1-1/2-qt. casserole. For topping, combine all ingredients and sprinkle over potatoes. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

 

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Sweet Potato Bread

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Sweet Potato Bread

 

Ready in: 1 hour and 10 minutes Serves: 1 (9- by 5-inch) loaf

 

■ 2 tablespoons coconut oil

■ 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced ■ 1⁄2 cup coconut flour

■ 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

■ 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

■ 1⁄2 teaspoon ground mace

■ 1 teaspoon baking soda

■ 1 teaspoon baking powder

■ 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

■ 4 large eggs

■ 1⁄2 cup almond butter

■ 4 tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter, melted ■ 1 teaspoon organic almond extract

 

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with the coconut oil. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan and lay the parchment in the pan.

 

Step 2: Place the sweet potato slices in a medium saucepan and cover with about 1 inch filtered water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then return the slices to the saucepan. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 3: In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

 

Step 4: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the mashed sweet potatoes and the almond butter, melted butter, and almond extract and whisk gently until well combined. Add the coconut flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until evenly moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

 

Step 5: Invert the bread out of the pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Cut the loaf into 1-inch slices and serve. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days.

 

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 slice): Calories: 405, Fat: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 95 mg, Fiber: 43 g, Protein: 9 g, Carbohydrates: 70 g, Sodium: 323 mg

 

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Sweet Potato Pie, Paleo Style

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Sweet Potato Pie     Paleo Style

 

Ingredients

(Makes 1 x 9″ pie)

1lb 3oz sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

½ c coconut cream (taken from the top of a can of coconut milk placed in the fridge overnight)

½ c applesauce

½ – ¾ coconut palm sugar, to taste

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

5 egg yolks

salt

1x 9” Pie Crust, for your needs

1 c chopped pecans

1 Tbsp maple syrup

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Steam sweet potatoes until tender, 15-20 min. Remove the sweet potatoes from the steamer and mash.

Combine all ingredients except maple syrup and pecans in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until completely combined and well incorporated. Pour filling into prepared crust. Sprinkle pecans evenly over the pie. Drizzle with maple syrup. Bake 50-55 min. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving. Store pie in the refrigerator.

 

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Sweet Potato Fudge

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Sweet Potato Fudge

2 cups sweet potato, cooked and puree

1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

dash of sea salt

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper or wax paper.

Press fudge into pan.

Sprinkle shredded coconut over fudge and press into place with the back of a spoon.

Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

Cut into squares.

This recipe is also good with one walnut or pecan pressed into each square before it sets.

 

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Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

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Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

RECIPE

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced
8 large carrots, roughly chopped

2 medium sweet potatoes, mashed
2 tablespoons dry cooking wine

6 cups vegetable stock (fresh or homemade)

Large handful of fresh chopped cilantro (coriander)

4 tablespoons creme fraiche (note: use low fat plain yoghurt as an alternative)

Directions

In a large pan heat the olive oil and add the sliced onions. Gently sautee for approximately 5 minutes until soft. Add the carrots and mashed sweet potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes (stirring often).

Now add the stock and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until carrots are tender and liquid has reduced. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool. Place the soup mixture in a food processor or blender if you prefer a smooth soup, a little less if you prefer a chunkier texture. Place the soup back in the pan and gently heat again. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with a the fresh cilantro and a dollop of creme fraiche in each bowl.

Health benefits

-Carrots contain over 16 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A,B6,C and K and minerals manganese, copper and biotin. They contain powerful anti-oxidant properties and are known to assist a healthy cardiovascular system and even prevent cancer. Carrots are well known for their ability to improve vision due to their high content of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A upon consumption and is a strong preventer against cancer types, high blood pressure and forms of heart disease.

– Onions are also a great source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B1,B6 and C and minerals manganese, biotin and phosphorus. Onions have anti-inflammatory properties that are great for supporting your immune system and protecting against disease. Onions belong to a family of vegetables called “Allium” which have been linked to the decrease of multiple types of cancer.

– Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A,B6 and C and minerals potassium, manganese andcopper. They have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Sweet potatoes are low in fat and high in fibre, making it a healthy addition to any meal as they support healthy digestion. By selecting orange coloured sweet potatoes you will gain more vitamin A.

-You will find minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium in fresh coriander. Coriander also boasts antioxidant,anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties making it a powerful medicinal herb for treating many diseases and ailments.

 

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Skillet Sweet Potatoes

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Skillet Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 26 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (1-1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • pinch of salt

Directions:
1. In a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, about 6 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the rosemary and crushed red pepper.
2. Add the sweet potato slices and toss gently to coat with the onion mixture. Add the broth and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

Nutrition facts for Skillet Sweet Potatoes:
CALORIES – 168.6,FAT – 3.6 G,SATURATED FAT – 0.5 G,
CHOLESTEROL – 0 MG,SODIUM – 233.7 MG,CARBOHYDRATES – 32.4 G,TOTAL SUGARS – 7.8 G,DIETARY FIBER – 5 G,PROTEIN – 2.8 G

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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

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Not only do sweet potatoes taste like a scrumptious dessert, they provide the body with some awesome health benefits. Cutting-edge research on sweet potatoes indicates they have many unique nutritional benefits that help with good health and well-being.  Among these benefits are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients.

For instance, in several studies from Africa, sweet potatoes were found to contain between 100-1,600 micrograms (RAE) of vitamin A in every 3.5 ounces—enough, on average, to meet 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet over 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone).

Interesting Facts about Sweet Potatoes

  • Did you know that some sweet potatoes can also be gorgeous purple color? Often it’s difficult to tell from the skin of sweet potato just how rich in purple tones its inside will be. That’s because scientists have now identified the exact genes in sweet potatoes (IbMYB1 and IbMYB2) that get activated to produce the purple anthocyanin pigments responsible for the rich purple tones of the flesh. The purple-fleshed sweet potato anthocyanins—primarily peonidins and cyanidins—have important antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties. Particularly when passing through our digestive tract, they may be able to lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals.
  • Including some fat when consuming sweet potatoes can be helpful if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits. Recent research has shown that a minimum of 3-5 grams of fat per meal significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes. Of course, this minimal amount of fat can be very easy to include. For instance including extra virgin olive oil, organic grass-fed butter or coconut oil are great choices.
  • Steaming or boiling sweet potatoes may allow your body to get greater nutritional benefits from sweet potatoes. Recent studies show excellent preservation of sweet potato anthocyanins with steaming, and several studies comparing boiling to roasting have shown better blood sugar effects (including the achievement of a lower glycemic index, or GI value) with boiling. Only two minutes of steaming sweet potatoes have been show to deactivate peroxidase enzymes that might otherwise be able to break down anthocyanins found in the sweet potato. In fact, with these peroxidase enzymes deactivated, natural anthocyanin extracts from sweet potato used for food coloring may be even more stable than synthetic food colorings. This benefit isn’t limited to the food’s appearance since the anthocyanins have great health benefits as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
  • Researchers have long been aware of sporamins—storage proteins in sweet potato—but only recently has research shown some of their special antioxidant properties. The potential health benefits of the sweet potato sporamins in helping prevent oxidative damage to our cells should not be surprising since sweet potatoes produce sporamins whenever subjected to physical damage to help promote healing.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

  • 7 grams fiber per serving
  • contain large amounts of Vitamin B6
  • contain large amounts of potassium
  • rich in beta-carotene
  • good source of manganese
  • anti-oxidant rich
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • improves blood sugar regulation
  • antibacterial properties
  • antifungal properties
  • supports clear skin
  • helps maintain collagen
  • soothing for the stomach
  • helps prevent constipation
  • helps with emphysema
  • promotes healthy digestive tract
  • may decrease the dangers presented by heavy metals & oxygen radicals
  • best to choose organic sweet potatoes

Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

It is very easy, especially in the United States to confuse sweet potatoes and yams. However, they are completely different foods that belong to different plant families. The main difference to note is that sweet potatoes are much more available in the United States than are yams.

There are a couple of reasons for this confusion. 1) It is probable for shoppers to find sweet potatoes and yams that look much alike in terms of size, skin color, and flesh color. 2) Our government agencies have allowed the terms “sweet potato” and “yams” to be used somewhat interchangeably on labeling. In many stores you may find bins that are labeled “Red Garnet Yams” and “Jewel Yams” however, the potatoes these bins are actually sweet potatoes. Below are some general rules to follow.

  • In most U.S. groceries, you should assume that you are always purchasing a sweet potato, even if the sign says “yams”.  More than one million sweet potatoes are commercially grown in the United States every year, while commercial production of yams in the United States is rare.
  • Don’t allow the flesh color to make the determination as to whether you are getting a sweet potato or a yam. Both root vegetables come in a variety of colors. You should always assume that you are getting a sweet potato, regardless of flesh color.
  • If you are wanting to purchase a true yam (from the plant genus Dioscorea), visiting a more internationally focused store may be your best bet.

The name “yam” was adopted from “nyami“—the Fulani (West African) word that means “to eat” and that has traditionally been used to refer to yams. Yams are native to Africa and Asia, and unlike potatoes, they have the potential to grow to a much larger size.

From a science perspective, true yam is a root vegetable belonging to the Dioscoreaceae family, which are monocotyledons (or “monocots” for short, with the prefix “mono” referring to the fact that they have only one embryonic seed leaf). Sweet potatoes belong to the Convolvulaceae or morning glory plant family, are dicotyledons (or “dicots” for short, with the prefix “di” referring to the fact that they have two embryonic seed leaves), and are known by the scientific name of Ipomoea batatas. These two root vegetables come from very different parts of the plant world, even though their names are used interchangeably in the United States marketplace.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredient List

2 small or 1 large sweet potato 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Himalayan Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes &thinly slice crosswise into 3/8 inch thick slices.  If you have a mandoline, use it. Place the sweet potato slices in a bowl. Add olive oil, cayenne pepper & salt to taste & mix well. Spread the slices out on a baking pan in a single layer. Bake about 12 minutes on each side. Carefully checking to make sure the smaller or thinner pieces don’t burn.

Recipe from: http://www.chowvegan.com

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