It's no surprise that sweet potatoes are at the top of nearly everyone's healthiest foods list. One baked, medium-sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (a white potato contains 1%), 37% of your vitamin C, and some calcium, potassium, and iron too. All this at just 105 calories!
What's more, they also deliver 4 grams of dietary fiber—16% of the daily value—and absolutely zip in terms of fat.
And luckily there are many ways to whip them up. Here are 25 great (even kid-friendly!) sweet potato recipes.
Craving french fries? Whip up these oven-roasted sweet-potato wedges instead. A healthier way to satisfy those cravings, this recipe delivers more taste too, with a kick provided by mustard, garlic, and rosemary. Try them with a dip, as a snack all by themselves, or as a side dish; they pair particularly well with lamb.
This lightened-up take on a holiday classic is perfect for the season or really any time you need a hearty and healthy comfort food. The brown sugar and pecan topping will have kids (and adults!) clamoring for more.
To make this dish even healthier, use half-and-half instead of butter to cut down on fat and calories.
Cute and tasty, these knot rolls are proof that you can use sweet potatoes in almost anything. What's more, this recipe contains only one-third the calories and fat of traditional knot rolls because of the sweet potatoes' natural sweetness.
Need a healthy and easy dish to throw together any weeknight? These quesadillas fit the bill.
Microwave the sweet potatoes to speed prep time, and top with other healthy ingredients like spinach and red onion. Grilling time is a quick 3 minutes per side, and voila! A meal that appeals to the whole family. Added bonus: The mozzarella alone provides more calcium than a glass of milk.
Spicy and crisp, these are chips you don’t have to feel guilty about gobbling down. You'll need just five ingredients, and love the kick they deliver thanks to the chili powder and cumin. Pair them with a store-bought light ranch dressing and you've got a tasty and easy snack. At last, a healthy chip-and-dip combo!
It's party time! And what guest wouldn't be happy to see this appetizer? The combination of sweet and spicy (thanks to the chipotle chili powder) will get taste buds going and you'll be thrilled with the speedy prep time.
Other ingredients include low-fat Greek yogurt and whole-wheat pita, for a super healthy dish.
This hearty meal is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for cool nights or holidaysbut it's anything but boring. The lamb, couscous, and chickpeas give it a Moroccan feel and thanks to cumin, curry, and peanut oil, it has a kick too.
Fat-free chicken broth, bell peppers, and onion round out the healthy goodness.
These aren't your grandma's sweet potatoes. Glazed with unsalted butter, chipotle powder, honey, lime juice, and sea salt, these tubers deliver a spicy glam flavor you won't find in other recipes. You won't be able to get enough of this tasty snack and that's okaythey're good for you!
It doesn't get any easier than this. With just four basic ingredientsincluding the kosher saltthis recipe is a no-brainer when it comes to finding a healthier substitute for your regular potato side dishes.
All you need to do is put eight small sweet potatoes in the oven, bake, and season with melted maple butter and salt. Yum!
This recipe is perfect for those times when you're hankering for something a bit more interesting than traditional pumpkin pie.
This sweet potato pie's yummy goodness is provided by ginger, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Add in the garnish of crunchy pumpkin seeds, and you have a healthy and tasty dessert that's a perfect complement to any meal.
This side dish is definitely more impressive than your average potato salad. It's got mango chutney and cilantro, for a fabulous taste with a tropical feel, in addition to green beans that amp up the antioxidants.
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, this dish is also much healthier than traditional potato salad.