Fall is upon us which means the usual fall food culprits will make a reappearance. Pumpkins, apples, turkey, cranberries and pumpkin spiced everything. #PSL Easily forgotten, the sneakiest and most versatile root vegetable of fall is the sweet potato. First of all, they are so cheap. Cooking on a budget? No problem. Second of all, they are seriously a super food. Packed with vitamin A and C (a comparable source to carrots and oranges, who knew?!), along with vitamin B6, potassium and fiber, it makes for one of the best stars of your fall dinners.
The other great thing about sweet potatoes is that they are so versatile. They can be used in sweet or savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. Here are some ways to use sweet potatoes every day this fall:
For breakfast, use sweet potatoes as a base for a Mexican breakfast hash like this one. Cook your potatoes in a little bit of oil on the stove, top with a fried egg, salsa and veggies. Satisfy the fancy brunch type meal craving without changing out of your pajamas or forking out $20for an overpriced brunch. Triple win!
Keeping with the mexican theme, try going veggie on a meatless Monday with some sweet potato tacos like these. Make it as simple as you want for an easy weeknight dinner or stack up those toppings for a gourmet meal that will impress all your friends and tastebuds. Roasted sweet potatoes and avocado; can you get a better combo than that?
For a lighter dish, try adding cooked sweet potato to a salad with ancient grains and greens and toss it with a bit of olive oil. The addition of cashews in this recipe is genius, combined with the lemon juice dressing and arugula - get ready for a tangy and spicy party in your mouth.
On those chillier fall nights when you are craving something warm and decadent, try a pasta dish with creamy sweet potato sauce like this one. Crispy kale is a nice addition to this one, or add grilled chicken for a protein punch.
Roasted sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. This recipe with spicy chicken and roasted sweet potatoes topped with avocado emphasizes the benefits of meal prepping - especially for busy working people or just those who prefer to cook only a few nights a week. It is easy, delicious and versatile for every night of the week!
Fall is when all the crock pot recipes come out of the closet and this is no different. This sweet potato and beef stew is perfect for a cozy fall evening. I can guarantee you that your house will smell oh so delicious after having all the spices and meat stewing all day.
Last but not least we have dessert. Instead of the regular ole pumpkin pie, we have the (wait for it...) sweet potato pie! This recipe opts to put marshmallows and pecans on the bottom of the pie for added melty sweetness to the filling and a bit of crunch. The textures and flavors for this dessert are perfectly orchestrated into a delicious fall treat.
Who knew that the sweet potato had so many ways to shine? This is by no means an exhaustive list - there are countless ways to use a sweet potato. Use this list to get you started and impress your friends and family with new and unique recipes starring the super food sweet potato.