We live in an agricultural area and the kids have enjoyed watching the crews harvesting sweet potatoes as we drive by on the way to school over the past month. It’s very interesting how they bring in a couple of old retrofitted school buses early in the morning and fill them completely up by lunchtime while pulling the sweet potatoes out of the turned earth by hand to keep from bruising them. Not only are sweet potatoes yummy and inexpensive, but they’re also rich in Vitamin A and a great source of calcium, fiber and antioxidants so they’re on our menu quite a bit while they’re in season. Since I’ve got five little ones who love to ‘help’ in the kitchen and not a lot of extra time, I like to keep it simple for every day meals so I thought I’d share with you three of our favorite fast and easy ways to prepare sweet potatoes.
I’d love to hear about your favorite sweet potato recipes so please share with us in the comments below!
Baked sweet potatoes are perhaps the easiest to make, and they’re even elegant enough for fancy dinners! Crush one tablespoon of cumin seeds and mix with two tablespoons of coarse salt (I like to use sea salt) then rub the mixture over scrubbed sweet potatoes while they’re still moist and bake directly on the rack for an hour at 375 degrees.
Steamed sweet potatoes are a super healthy version of mashed potatoes and they’re even easier to make. I have a Tupperware microwave steaming dish that I love to use, but you can use any microwave safe bowl or casserole dish with a lid or covered in plastic wrap with a hole for venting.
Put a couple tablespoons of water in the bottom of your steamer or bowl then grate two to three large peeled sweet potatoes into the dish. Add two or three pats of butter to the top and sprinkle with brown sugar then microwave on high for about 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Remove, stir and serve.
And finally, my kids all time favorite side dish, these tasty baked sweet potato fries!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Yield – 6 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 40 minutes
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic, or 2 cloves
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Peel the sweet potatoes or scrub them well if you prefer to leave the skins on.
- Cut the sweet potatoes into French fry size wedges.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl then toss the sweet potatoes in the oil mixture until coated.
- Arrange on a shallow cooking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove and shake or stir half way through.
Cost $0.50 per serving