10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes
Healthy Happy Life: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado
This burger will surely curb any craving—you'd never guess it was vegan! This entire patty is made from a few simple ingredients, but sweet potatoes steal the show. Not only do they work as a binder, they also can help trim belly fat since they have loads of fiber and blood-sugar regulating capabilities that reduce insulin spikes.
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Jennifer's Way: Vegan Sweet Potato Scones
These may be gluten- and soy-free and vegan, but all we taste is delicious indulgence. Blogger Jennifer Esposito lives with celiac disease, so she finds ways to tease her palette with modified, healthy recipes. And we love this one—especially the combination of cinnamon, cloves, maple syrup, and health-boosting quinoa and almond flours.
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Smitten Kitchen: Curried Lentils and Sweet Potatoes
Smitten Kitchen blogger Deb Perelman pulled this recipe from the annals of The New York Times Thanksgiving coverage a few years ago, and we'd say it has staying power. It's easy to whip up in one dish amid the holiday cooking flurry, plus it's good for your soul and your body. The lentils are incredible brain boosters! They contain folate, a B vitamin that aids your thinker and decreases levels of amino acids that can impair brain functioning.
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Joy the Baker: Sweet Potato Tacos
Spice up your fall with this twist on the Mexican fave. As Joy from Joy the Baker points out, her version has three super-healthy elements: sweet potatoes, black beans, and cabbage, which acts as a natural detoxer in your body and deactivates carcinogens, stopping the growth of existing cancer cells!
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The Daily Balance: An "Egg"cellent Baked Sweet Potato
This pot o' egg-potato magic has us asking ourselves why we've never thought of this before (as healthy food blogger and public relations professional Shannon Hoehnen claimed it would). Not only does it take home the prize for simplest recipe, it also combines healthy carbs with a hefty source of protein, making it great morning fuel. (One large hard boiled egg packs 6.2 grams of protein!)
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Eat Yourself Skinny: Rosemary and Sweet Potato Tart
Kelly of Eat Yourself Skinny provides a disclaimer that puff pastry is not the healthiest ingredient out there, but the serving size keeps the calorie count in this dish under wraps (just 180 calories per slice). It's the perfect party app that everyone will love, plus, compared with fruit and veggies, herbs like rosemary have more than 10 times the amount of cancer- and heart disease-fighting antioxidants!
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Healthy Girl Cooking: Sweet Potato Home Fries
Who doesn't love sweet potato fries? Southern girl and blogger Hillary likes good ol' fashion home cookin', but, of course, without piling on the fat and cholesterol. So lucky us—we get to benefit from her recipe that turns this traditionally greasy, caloric dish into a healthy "vitamined-up, lower-fat" version, as she calls it. Don't mind if we do!
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101 Cookbooks: Baked Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe
Not only is this dish baked instead of fried, the sweet potato gives it that sweet kick that tastes amazing with the coriander, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Added bonus: Coriander is a natural diuretic that improves digestion and helps the body get rid of waste—essential for weight loss.
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Happy Herbivore: Whole Wheat Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits
Talk about whole foods! Made from primarily sweet potatoes, bananas, whole-wheat flour, and cinnamon, these biscuits are a far cry from the white, buttery, nutrient-less originals. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they are a perfect, healthy side or brunch offering.
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Streaming Gourmet: Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples
Apples and sweet potatoes come together in this recipe to form a mouth-watering fall fiesta in your mouth. And this party comes with a perk: Apples regulate blood sugar and can help you lose weight because of their high fiber content. Think of this as a healthier sweet-potato casserole or even dessert.
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