My love affair with the sweet potato

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Versatile, sweet, nutritious and affordable!

Oh, how l love the sweet potato which is also known as kumara or yam. Not much to look at in the shops, but once cooked the flavour is enticing. Since l stopped eating processed sugar l like to include foods which are naturally sweet as part of my everyday diet. The sweet potato is a lovely addition to a meal because of its beautiful sweet taste, soft texture and bright colour. It is extremely easy to cook with and difficult to ruin. I am amazed at the lovely flavour it adds to baked goods such as cakes and pancakes and although l prefer it cooked it can be a good addition raw to a smoothie.

I can’t remember when l first ate a sweet potato but it certainly wasn’t until l was an adult. It has some similarities in flavour and colour to the pumpkin but holds together better when cooked and is especially delicious cut into chips. Sweet Potatoes can be bought quite small or enormously large, and the surprising thing is that in my experience the flavour is the same whatever size you buy. They are also available with a red skin and a white flesh and this is one of those times when your taste buds can get very confused as the taste is the same as the orange version. I have to admit here that l have on occasion tricked my children into thinking they were eating normal potato when in fact it was the red sweet potato just to try and get them to try a new vegetable.

How many ways can one vegetable be used in recipes? Here are a few:

  • Roasted (as chips or in chunks)
  • Steamed (cubes)
  • Mashed
  • Fried
  • In cakes, cookies and slices (grated)
  • In smoothies (raw)
  • Baked and topped with coleslaw
  • In casseroles, stir frys and pancakes (grated or chopped)

Here are a few pictures of how l have used the sweet potato in my cooking:

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Nutrition Facts:

Sweet Potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and beta carotene. This root vegetable also has modest amounts of Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium.

I hope you can enjoy the sweet potato as much as l do and try having it cold the next day. So nice.

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