You probably gobble up sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving but don’t think to use these orange taters the rest of the year. Rookie mistake! Loaded with vitamins A, C and B6, sweet potatoes are extremely versatile and can be used year round in breakfasts, lunches, dinners and more. Try one of these sweet potato recipes — stat! Slightly sweet and outrageously orange, the sweet potato’s about to become your new best spud.
1. Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Gluten-free, vegan and free from refined sugars, these muffins don’t mess around! They make a hearty on-the-go breakfast or a satisfying snack since they’re fortified with heart-healthy oats and chia seeds.
2. Sweet Potato Soufflé
Don’t let dessert have all the fluffy fun. This savory soufflé has a delicate balance of sweet potato and goat cheese. Make this as a starter for a dinner party or pair it with a salad for lunch.
3. Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Kale Tacos
Have a healthier fiesta with these unconventional yet nutrient-dense vegan tacos. Make the quinoa ahead of time and they’ll take you less than 30 minutes to assemble. Top with sliced avocado or sprinkle some cheddar on if you’re in a cheesy mood.
4. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado Dip
Fear not, fries lovers — these stringy spuds are way healthier than their greasy fast food cousins. The Cajun spicing takes the flavor up a notch, and the accompanying dip is creamy thanks to avocado and silky tofu.
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5. Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes
Look no further for a satisfying, gluten-free appetizer. Make sure to let the quinoa mixture cool before adding the eggs, otherwise the heat will cook them and you won’t get the desired consistency.
6. Sweet Potato Veggie Scramble
We take our eggs with a heaping serving of veggies mixed in! Each serving contains a whopping 14 grams of protein, thanks to lots of egg whites, swiss chard, bell pepper, sweet potato and green onion. Want something in sandwich form? Try these easy egg sammies.
7. Curry Spice Vegetable and Grain Bowl
Cooking rice and lentils with some curry gives a kick of flavor to this hearty bowl. Make a big batch before the week begins and you’ll have multiple lunches that have got with whole grains, protein and nutrient-dense vegetables.
8. Root Vegetable Red Lentil Stew
Warming spices like curry, turmeric and cardamom take your taste buds to a savory nirvana. Plus, this hearty soup gets a nutritional boost from kale, carrots, red and sweet potatoes, onion and fresh ginger.
9. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos
Protein and fiber keep hunger at bay in these easy-to-assemble wraps. Add chopped chipotle peppers for a kick of flavor, or cool things down with low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt.