Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Side Dish Recipes, Vegetable Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT


Sweet potatoes have literally been a favorite food of mine for decades. I make these roasted sweet potatoes almost weekly and love having leftovers for lunches and dinners. They’re filling, healthy, delicious and satisfying. Add them to salads, other vegetables, add to soups or serve as a side dish.

I’m not hating on regular potatoes but sweet potatoes stand out for their unique combination of nutrients and lower glycemic index.

Here are some reasons why sweet potatoes are considered a healthy choice:

  1. Rich in Nutrients: Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The vibrant orange color of sweet potatoes indicates the presence of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which is crucial for eye health and immune function.
  2. Complex Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes provide a good source of complex carbohydrates, which are digested more slowly, leading to sustained energy levels. This can be beneficial for maintaining stable blood sugar levels and preventing energy crashes.
  3. Fiber Content: High in dietary fiber, sweet potatoes promote digestive health by supporting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Fiber also helps in controlling appetite and managing weight.
  4. Antioxidant Properties: Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a role in reducing inflammation and protecting cells from damage.
  5. Blood Sugar Regulation: Despite their natural sweetness, sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index compared to regular potatoes. This means they are less likely to cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, making them a suitable choice for individuals managing diabetes or insulin sensitivity.
  6. Versatility in Cooking: Sweet potatoes can be prepared in various ways, from baking and roasting to steaming and mashing. Their versatility allows for creative and nutritious meal options.
  7. Nutrient Density: Sweet potatoes are considered a nutrient-dense food, meaning they provide a high amount of nutrients relative to their calorie content.

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    What Makes My Roasted Sweet Potatoes So Delicious

    People always say they love my sweet potatoes and the secret is the combination of spices.

    There are no exact measurements for the spices, so just sprinkle to your liking; but the combination of cinnamon and cumin is what makes these sweet potatoes so tasty!

    Roast in the oven until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside and you’ve got yourself a winning recipe.

    If you have a convection oven, you can get a crispier outside. If you have an air fryer you can use that also. I just prefer my oven because I want to make a big batch to have leftovers.



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      Total Time: 45 minutes

      Yield: 6 serving(s)

      Ingredients

      • 4 cups sweet potatoes
      • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
      • Seasonings to taste:
      • Garlic powder
      • Cinnamon
      • Cumin
      • Sea Salt

      Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
      2. Cut sweet potatoes into cubes or wedges.
      3. Toss in a ziploc bag with oil until fully coated.
      4. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until soft.

      Nutrition Information Per Serving

      Calories: 319

      Protein: 13 gram(s)

      Fat: 3 gram(s)

      Carbohydrates: 67 gram(s)

      Fiber: 9 gram(s)

      Sugar: 5 gram(s)

      Sodium: 383 milligram(s)

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      4 Comments


      on Reply

      These are the best sweet potatoes! Have fixed them at least 3 times! So delicious! Thanks for this recipe!


      on Reply

      Do you peel the potatoes?


        on Reply

        We typically don't - we like them with the skin on and the skin has extra nutrition :) If you prefer no skin however, you can peel them.


      on Reply

      Thank you so much! I am going to try yo make it. You have a blessed day.




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