Today I really felt my love for potatoes as I made this super simple sweet potato lunch, or more like a late afternoon snack! Potatoes really are like giving yourself a big hug from the inside out, the ultimate comfort food.
When you’re finished watching the video, be sure to finish reading the rest of the post for more tips!
Which Variety of Sweet Potato
While there are many varieties of sweet potatoes, one of my favorites is the Japanese sweet potato with its red skin and white flesh. It’s a great sweet potato for beginners too since is it has a milder flesh – a bit like a regular potato, although still sweet.
Purple sweet potatoes are a beautiful color and also quite delicious, as is the orange-fleshed variety. So far I’ve found they can all be used interchangeably in recipes!
Sweet Potato Flavor
Confession, I didn’t always like sweet potatoes. We never ate sweet potatoes growing up and I’ve never been a fan of the sweet potato casseroles with the marshmallows and maple syrup I’d see at friends houses.
Honestly, I’d never tried a simple sweet potato dish without the added indulgent ingredients.
It was my foray into the Paleo lifestyle that actually introduced me to the sweet potato, along with the misinformation that white potatoes should be avoided.
Sweet Potato vs White Potato
Although white potatoes and sweet potatoes taste very different, you’ll be happy to know BOTH are extremely nutritious!
Potatoes actually contain an incredibly high level of lysine, one of my favorite recommended supplements, which is great for combating viruses, inflammation and cancers.
They’re great for brain and digestive health, in addition to calming the nerves and also contain incredibly high levels of trace minerals drawn up from deep within the soil.
It’s simply the ingredients we put on top of potatoes like marshmallows, butter, cheese or sour cream that make them unhealthy.
How I Prepare Sweet Potatoes
Pierce a medium-sized sweet potato with a fork several times, set it on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper if you have it, and bake at around 400 degrees.
For my meal in the video, I simply added a small avocado to the top of the potato and sprinkled it with coconut aminos.
You can also bake or steam several potatoes at once to keep in the fridge for reheating quickly or for chopping and adding to other dishes.
All potatoes are especially an excellent addition to salads as they help make the nutrients in the lettuce more readily absorbable by your body! I know, so amazing.
I also love making hashbrowns with sweet potatoes by grating a raw sweet potato and adding it to a hot pan with a bit of coconut oil. When one side is browned, flip and brown the other side – delish!
Here’s the more involved recipe I mentioned in the video that’s delicious: Sweet Potatoes with Cabbage
Do you have a favorite go-to sweet potato recipe you love? Please share it in the comments below along with any questions you have!
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