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Feeding the Family on a Budget Using Seasonal Foods - Part One: How to Cook Sweet Potatoes
Cooking Sweet Potatoes, The Obvious Choice
When we think of how to cook sweet potatoes, we all think of the obvious choice; sweet potato casserole. But sweet potatoes have so many other ways of being prepared that can be nutritious and delicious.
Why Eat Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin C and A; they are a good source of potassium and dietary fiber. They are in abundance in fall.
Rub a clean sweet potato with butter or olive oil and pierce with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. You can either eat as a baked potato or scoop out the flesh and use for any number of uses. Visit some recipe sites and find some recipes that sound good to you.
Beyond a Casserole
Here are some ideas for using sweet potatoes that don't include the typical casserole:
- They can be baked, roasted or steamed and served whole, in the skin as a side dish to any meal.
- Steam cubed and peeled sweet potato chunks for 10 minutes and then mash them up with a little butter and a sprinkle of orange juice.
- Make your own sweet potato fries.
- Sweet potato pancakes.
- Sweet potato pie.
- Bake sliced, peeled apples and sweet potatoes together with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.
- Sweet Potato Biscuits.
- Sweet Potato Bread.
- If you have a little left over cooked sweet potato, mix it in with your dog's food for an added nutritional boost.
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