Looking for sweet potato recipe ideas? Maybe you’re like me — I’ve loved my sweet potatoes with tons of marshmallows on top since I was a little girl. (Is it just a southern thing?)
But, for real, marshmallows aren’t an everyday item on my menu. And sweet potatoes pack waaaay too much nutrition to offer up just as a dessert/side dish on holidays, right?
Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C and manganese. They belong on the menu more often than marshmallows, believe me.
If you struggle to find ways to add more sweet potatoes to your life, see if one of the following recipe ideas helps:
10 Weird Sweet Potato Recipe Ideas You’ll Love
1. Sweet potato soup
Chunks of sweet potatoes don’t take long to cook, letting you make nutritious soup within 15 minutes. Sweet potatoes take up spices well, so this root vegetable works nicely with chili, ginger, cumin, cilantro or curry powder. If you prefer a creamy soup, add coconut milk. Meanwhile, add a can of beans or peas for extra protein and fiber, which makes your sweet potato soup a more filling meal. Here’s a good recipe to try.
2. Sweet potato curry
You can make a vegetarian curry using sweet potatoes and a few pantry essentials. All you need are canned tomatoes and chickpeas, onions, garlic, curry paste and Indian spices of your choice. Add extra veggies for even more nutrition.
3. Sweet potato stew
You can add some depth and hearty nutrition to stews by using sweet potatoes (dare I recommend adding them to your favorite chili recipe?). Alternatively, sweet potatoes pair well with lentils if you want to make a vegetarian dish.
4. Sweet potato dip
If you have leftover sweet potatoes, you can easily blend them with nut butter or tahini, along with garlic, lemon juice and your preferred seasoning to make a good alternative to hummus. Here’s an awesome sweet potato hummus recipe.
5. Sweet potato gnocchi
When you combine the flesh of baked sweet potatoes with bread flour, egg yolks, butter and herbs, it only takes a couple of minutes to cook gnocchi, which you can use instead of pasta. Serve with a tomato-based sauce, a sprinkling of Parmesan and some greens for a balanced meal.
(By the way, gnocchi is pronounced “nyoh-key” — which I totally just learned today. Thanks, Google.)
Sweet potatoes also make a good filling for quesadillas! Grate the sweet potatoes and fry with diced onions, garlic, chili, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. Then spread over a tortilla and top with a small handful of grated cheese before folding in half. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side and there you go!
7. Sweet potato salad
Use cubed chunks of baked sweet potato to put a different spin on traditional potato salad. Combine the orange flesh with diced salad onions and a dressing of your choice to produce a colorful potato salad. Not sure about this? Check out this sweet potato salad recipe and you’ll change your mind. 😉
8. Sweet potato bread
This is another good recipe to use leftover cooked sweet potatoes. Adding cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and nuts to the dough lets you create a delicious spiced fruit and nut loaf that you can serve at breakfast or as a snack. Here’s a Paleo version to try.
9. Sweet potato brownies
You can use sweet potatoes as an alternative to flour in baking, making them a handy ingredient if you need to follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet. It’s even possible to make a four ingredient brownie recipe using mashed sweet potatoes, nut butter, maple syrup and cocoa powder. Don’t believe me? Here’s the recipe.
10. Sweet potato ice cream
You can make seasonal ice cream in the fall using sweet potatoes as an ingredient. Using pumpkin pie spice or a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice lets you recreate a cold version of sweet potato pie. This recipe gives you an idea of where this can go!
As you can see, there are tons of alternative sweet potato recipe ideas! Have you tried any of these yet? Comment below with your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes!
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.