The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
What a healthy powerhouse these sweet potatoes are! And, they’re perfect for meal prep for during the week meals. Just 5 slices on your plate will add such a nice flavor and color to your meals. They are anti-inflammatory, boost your auto-immune system, help with digestion, and are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. What’s not to love!
The Secrets to Flavoring Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
Like carrots, sweet potatoes can be seasoned to bring out either the sweet or savory flavors. For sweet flavoring, I often use “sweet” spices like cinnamon, cumin, cloves, or nutmeg. For savory seasoning, I’ll use basil, ginger, tarragon, mint or dill. My favorite is fresh thyme. The proportion is usually a teaspoon of dried spice or herbs per 2 sweet potatoes. With fresh herbs, I recommend using a tablespoon.
How to Season Vegetables to Make Them Taste Good:
The secret is to start with just a little spice, herb, or flavoring to see how you like the taste. You can always add more, but, it’s much harder to take it away. You simply want to bring out the natural flavor of any vegetable, not cover it up. If you don’t really like vegetables, go ahead and add more flavoring to distract you. But, fresh vegetables, in season are so delicious, if you simply add a little salt and pepper, and half of lemon squeezed over the top after cooking, it’s hard to go wrong!
Give this flavoring a try for carrots or sweet potatoes, I think you’ll love it!
- 2 Large sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
- 1 T Olive or avocado oil
- ¼ t Salt
- ¼ t Sugar
- ½ t Cinnamon
- Arrange an oven rack in the upper third of your oven.
- Pre-heat oven to 450F degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine sweet potato rounds and oil; toss to cover.
- Place rounds on prepared baking sheet without touching each other.
- Sprinkle on one side with salt, cinnamon, and sugar.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Slices are cooked when fork tender.
- Remove from oven, cool.
- Serve warm.
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