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3 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

Thanksgiving is this week! But no need to stress.

Sweet potatoes add tons of nutrients to your holiday meal including fiber, and beta-carotene (an anti-aging antioxidant) to support your health and ease of digestion. Add one (or maybe all) of these recipes to your Thanksgiving menu. Guests are sure to ask for seconds.

Here are 3 delicious, and easy sweet potato recipes you can make without much fuss.

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

They’ll melt in your mouth and after all of the flavors combined meet your palette you’ll be wondering why you never made them before. Add these as a side dish this Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup cranberry relish (see recipe below)
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • ½ cup pecans (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Bake sweet potatoes until tender. Cool and then cut in half.  Scoop pulp from each potato half leaving ¼” border so potato will stand up and can be filled.
  2. Mash sweet potatoes and add cranberry relish and dried cranberries. Mix well and combine.
  3. Scoop potato mixture into potato shells. Sprinkle with pecans if desired.
  4. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 2 large peeled oranges
  • Dates, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp psyllium husk (optional)

Directions:

  1. Use your food processor’s “S” blade and combine all ingredients until a chunky texture is reached. You can always add a little bit of fresh ginger and lime juice for added zest!

Thanksgiving  Sweet Potato, Apple & Cranberry Bake

Here’s a great way to slip in a healthy dessert. Serve it along with the meal of just after for a healthy dose of antioxidants and traditional Thanksgiving flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 large sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 large Granny Smith apples
  • ¾ cup cranberry flavored Craisins® or dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Cut sweet potato in half and boil in water until tender. Peel and slice. Lay in 9 x 13 baking dish
  2. Peel and slice apples, then lay on top of sweet potatoes
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over top

Sauce (Optional)

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup (or natural sweetener like honey)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh ground cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Mix all sauce ingredients and pour evenly over potatoes/apples. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Thanksgiving Mixed Potato Mash

This is a great option for a colorful, and delicious way to make mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. The added sweet flavor of the yams makes for a delicious treat that blends well with other traditional tastes.

  • 1½ pounds white potatoes, peeled and diced in 2-inch pieces
  • 1½ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsps butter
  • ½ + cup warmed milk, or milk alternative like almond milk
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Place white potatoes in bottom of saucepan, then sweet potatoes on top. Cover potatoes with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer until potatoes are fork tender but not falling apart.

2. Drain potatoes. Remove sweet potatoes from the pan and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash white potatoes with a mixer, masher or any other way you like. Then add butter and milk until you reach the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Repeat step two with sweet potatoes. Start with about 2 tablespoons of milk, adding until you reach the desired consistency.

4. Place mashed sweet potatoes back into pan with mashed white potatoes and take a couple folds with a spoon to barely mix, or swirl together in a serving dish for added decorative presentation.

5. One baked medium sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (white potatoes contain 1%), 37% of your Vitamin C and some calcium all for only 105 calories. They also deliver 4 grams of fiber and zero fat. Fortunately there are lots of ways to cook them up, so add them to your Thanksgiving menu, and use them all year for a healthy dose of all these important nutrients.

See other products and conditions: Antioxidants, Food & Grocery, Beta-Carotene.  

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Issue 63
November 25th, 2013
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