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Feeding the Family on a Budget Using Seasonal Foods - Part One: How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Updated on October 27, 2011

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.

For help in finding recipes for some of these suggestions, click here.


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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      No, that's the biggest drawback!! LOVE the caramelizing!! It has made my family more likely to eat a sweet potato than a white one now that we can cook them faster! We top them with a bit of butter and cinnamon and they are great!

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      Sharon McConnell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      That is a great tip! Do they caramelize in the microwave like they do in the oven?

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      We scrub the sweet potato, pierce it, then place in a plastic grocery sack in the microwave and set it for about 3 minutes. We check it and microwave more as needed! This helps to steam it and it is tender and moist! Try it! Faster than the oven!