Simple Sweet Potatoes {Bonus Recipe}

As a kid, I didn’t care for sweet potatoes. In fact, I didn’t actually like potatoes in general, unless of course, they were in the form of fries or tots (#no nutritional value whatsoever). I truly detested both baked and mashed potatoes. We are talking to the point of gagging on them if I was forced to eat them. I know, I know, that’s not normal. I have been told that many times before.

Thankfully, as I was not a very picky eater, my wonderful mother did not force me to eat the few foods that I hated when she cooked them at home. We were required to try at least a bite of something new, in order to give the food a fair chance. I think her method worked out well. I learned to have an open mind, and I even continued to try things I had not cared for in the past.

Now that I am an adult, I have grown to like potatoes, but I have really fallen in love with sweet potatoes. Not only are they nutritional powerhouses, they are quite versatile. Another added bonus: they are inexpensive year round. I will eat them in pretty much any form; sweet, savory, baked, mashed; I can’t get enough! Because of the simplicity of this recipe, I end up making them this way most often.

This recipe has become a staple in my meal prep for the week. It is such a simple combination, but it is so yummy that I haven’t gotten bored with eating sweet potatoes this way yet.

It can easily be made in larger batches and frozen. I have also used this recipe as a healthy alternative to traditional sweet potato casserole at holiday meals. When dressed up a bit with Splenda/brown sugar blend sprinkled on top, it is fantastic. I never fail to get requests for the recipe. This year I plan on adding some rolled oats and flax along with the Splenda/brown sugar blend and baking it for a healthy crumble topping.

I’ll be sure to report back with an updated recipe once I have it perfected  😉

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Simple Sweet Potatoes 

Ingredients:

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  •  800 grams of cooked sweet potatoes; about 4 medium1
  • 1 to 1+ ½ cups milk of choice (I used 1% Lactaid)2
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I love using vanilla-nut-butter extract)
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste3

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor (I use my Ninja) and process until smooth. If needed, add more sweetener and/or milk. The final consistency should be smooth and not too runny. A little liquid may separate some from any leftovers when sitting in the fridge, but will not affect the consistency or flavor when stirred and reheated.

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

Simple Sweet Potatoes

Notes:

1. To cook the potatoes, I just use the microwave. Wash and dry the potatoes, then prick each with a fork a few times. Cook one at a time on a paper towel in the microwave. I cook them on high in 1-2 minute increments, turning each time I restart the microwave. It usually takes about 5-7 minutes total, depending on the size of the potato. When the potato is soft to the touch all over and the skin starts to look loose, it’s done. Allow to cool, then remove and discard the skin. If you cook several in a row, make sure to dampen the paper towel. This will prevent the potato juice that may ooze from caramelizing and burning the paper towel.

2. Start with 1 cup and add as needed. Some potatoes are softer/juicer than others, and may require less liquid to be added. You may also need less if you use a liquid sweetener (see below).

3. I use 1-2 cups granulated Splenda, depending on how sweet the potatoes are. I start with 1 cup and taste/add as needed after blending. You can use any sweetener, but you’ll have to adjust nutrition accordingly, as info given is based on a zero calorie sweetener. If using a liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, decrease the amount of milk used or they will end up too runny.

Reader Questions:

Are there any foods you disliked as a child that you now enjoy as an adult?

Are there any foods your remember loving as a kid that you’ve eaten again as a grown up and wondered why on earth you were so obsessed?

Did your family require you to eat food you didn’t like, and/or try new things even if they didn’t appeal to you?

|Kaci

Should you happen to have any leftovers…see the {Bonus Recipe}

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