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Best Sweet Potato Recipe Ever

Updated on August 19, 2012

Nutritional Benefits

Baked Sweet Potatoes are easy, healthy and tasty. How could you go wrong? I've gotten hooked on them lately and even sometimes eat them as a meal.

A sweet potato provides 300% of your daily vitamin A needs as well as potassium, copper and magnesium. Beta Carotene, which is responsible for the orange color. In the body, Beta Carotene is converted to retinol- an essential nutrient for vision and is known as a powerful antioxidant. Not to mention, the average potato is only 112 calories.

Baked and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

What you need (for both recipes):

Sweet potatoes (generally 1 per person)

Butter

Brown sugar

Marshmallows

Olive oil

Baked Sweet Potatoes

To bake sweet potatoes, preheat your oven to 400F. Rub water and then olive oil on the outside of the skin, and pierce the potato a few times with a fork. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet (they do not need to be wrapped like "normal" baked potatoes). Heat for 45 minutes. The skin will feel loose and pull away from the bulk of the potato when it is ready. Also, it will be very soft. If you cut it and it still is tough rub water on the outside and cook another 10 minutes. Slit the top of each potato, put a tablespoon of butter on and serve.

If your guests have a sweet tooth, place a few marshmallows with the butter. They will melt into the potato with the butter. I leave the butter and brown sugar on the table as people tend to differ in their preferences. Sure this adds to the calories; but at the same time, the total will still be quite low; possibly around 250.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you are in a hurry, you can try mashed sweet potatoes. Boil potatoes (I stick to the 1 per person rule) in water for 8-10 minutes until they are very tender. Add olive oil and mash. Again, serve with butter, brown sugar and marshmallows.


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