I love potatoes of any kind… actually, let me re-phrase that, I love food…of any kind. However, sweet potatoes have proven to be a favorite as of late. I especially loved this easy oven roasted sweet potato recipe that I learned from my lovely mother. Sweet potatoes have a lot more nutritional value than your regular spud. I pulled some information from the Cleveland Clinic health website that states the nutrient rich benefits of sweet potato. Sweet potatoes meet 400% of your daily vitamin A requirements when broken down and compared to the white potato thats 22,000 IU vs the white potatoes measly 14IU (yes – 22,000 vs 14). The calories in a sweet potato are lower than that of the white, it has more fiber and fewer carbs. Overall the sweet potato wins by a landslide.
Tip: Don’t get the yam and the sweet potato confused. Many like to say “they are the same” but really, they aren’t! The yam has some big differences in overall health benefits that don’t quite match up to the sweet potato. That doesn’t mean yams aren’t good for you…it just means if you want to receive the full benefits of a sweet potato…make sure it is indeed a sweet potato!
I hope you enjoy it and make these part of your next meal! Now for the recipe!
– Sweet potatoes (as many as you want to cook!) I like to do a whole pan full.
– Olive Oil
– Grated or shredded parmesan cheese
First and foremost….clean and slice your sweet potatoes in to 1-2 inch chunks. (I leave the skin on for added nutritional benefits).
I then drizzle olive oil overtop the sweet potatoes, I sprinkle salt until they are all dusted with it. I then sprinkle a dash of pepper (much less than the salt though) and then a little bit of garlic powder. I then lightly sprinkle the potatoes with grated parmesan cheese (you can omit the cheese if you want to keep it even more healthy – but I am sorry, cheese is my overall weakness).
Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, checking occasionally and poking with a fork to check. If you can poke through it and they looked roasted – then they are ready to enjoy!