Sweet potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable, originating in Central America, and now cultivated around the world. They can be prepared in any number of ways, and this post will hopefully teach you a little something about this tasty vegetable, and inspire you to cook more with it at home!
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What Are Sweet Potatoes?
Let’s start with the basics. Did you know that sweet potato is not technically a potato at all? They actually belong to the morning glory family, ( Convolvulaceae ), of which there are over 1000 different species!
Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, and various minerals sweet potatoes are an easy way to add a healthy veggie into your weekly meal plan. Plus they are paleo friendly!
Are Yams & Sweet Potato The Same Thing?
This is where it can get confusing. The technical answer here is NO. Yams belong to an entirely different plant family, ( Dioscoreaceae ), and are a starchy, usually white, tuberous vegetables sold in various parts of the world.
The confusion comes in because sweet potatoes are often sold as ‘yams’ or ‘sweet potato yams’ in North American grocery stores.
This is the easy part really. You can cook sweet potato in any number of ways. They can be baked, fried, boiled, roasted, and even steamed! The options are endless. You can even add cooked sweet potato to things like salads, wraps, and casseroles!
Do you have to peel sweet potatoes?
While the skin is edible, most recipes call for peeling the sweet potato first since the skin becomes tough and leathery when cooked. It does contain a lot of nutrients though, so if you really wanted to you could leave the skin on.
To get you started cooking with sweet potatoes here is a collection of recipes showcasing different ways to prepare and cook sweet potatoes at home! Ranging from breakfast to dessert, you can incorporate sweet potatoes into any meal!
Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet
Sweet potatoes, red peppers, eggs and turkey bacon all come together in this savoury breakfast skillet. Ready in an hour, you could meal prep this Savoury Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet for any meal of the day!
With a rich and creamy sweet potato base and a crunchy, buttery pecan streusel topping, this salty-sweet Sweet Potato Soufflé is a decadent show-stopper that’ll have your Thanksgiving table swooning for more.
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