Do you know how healthy sweet potatoes are? After making a personal pact with myself to eat more sweet potatoes… I decided to look up the details. Here’s just some of the stuff that makes up a sweet potato that’s good for you: Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Beta-Carotene, Potassium… the list goes on! ALSO, they are fat free! I have always loved sweet potatoes but have had a new-found respect for them after learning how healthy they are.
My mission for this post was to create a Sweet Potato side-dish that could turn any non-believer into a SP lover! My very own boyfriend, Dave has only recently started to admit to liking them. He used to not like the Thanksgiving-Style super-sweet w/ Marshmallows ontop type of sweets, so I didn’t want to kill it with sweetness.
I think this recipe has just the right amount of flavor and sweetness without compromising all of the great nutrition that the Sweet Potato already has to offer.
Mashed Sweets & Apples
Recipe by: It’s Good to be the Cook
Makes: 4 Servings
3 Sweet Potatoes
1 Apple (I used Gala, because that’s what we had in the house)
2 Tablespoons Skim Milk
1 Tablespoon Light Butter
1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar (on the heaping side, not packed)
Zest from 1/2 of an Orange
Cinnamon, Sea Salt
1. Boil water over high heat. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes, gently placing them into the boiling water. Meanwhile, peel, core, and slice the apple into 1-inch chunks. You can add it into the boiling potatoes once you’re done chopping.
2. Test the “done-ness” of the potatoes by sticking a fork in it. If the fork goes into the potatoes with ease, they’re done! Drain, keeping the potatoes and apples in the pot. Return to stove but lower heat to medium-low.
3. Add milk, Butter, Brown Sugar, Orange Zest, and just a sprinkle of cinnamon and just a shake of sea salt.
4. Using a potato masher or just a fork, mash together until it reaches your desired consistency. The apples do not mash as well as the sweets. Don’t worry… it will still taste delish!
Chopping all those sweet potatoes was a lot of work!