My Favorite Sweet Potato Recipes

Favorite Sweet Potato Recipes ♥ Sides to salads, soups to suppers and more.

Hint: They're Not Just for Sweet Potato Fries Anymore

Finally! It's a veggie evangelist's dream come true: sweet potatoes are a bona fide food trend! In honor, I hereby present my best and favorite sweet potato recipes ...

Year-Round Sweet Potato Basics + Seasonal to Special, Sides to Salads, Soups to Suppers, Savory to Sweet. Recipes Include Nutrition Information & Weight Watchers Points. Many Vegetarian, Vegan & Naturally Gluten Free Recipes.


Vegetable lovers, we have our very own food trend! And great news:

This vegetable is found in every grocery store in the world. It's not some obscure plant grown every third year on a certain hillside in the far reaches of Outer Mongolia reachable only to people who trek in on yaks.
This vegetable is affordable, even organic, not the price of an orthodontist visit.
Plus this vegetable is a nutritious super-food!

Drum Roll ... imagine sweet potatoes going all trendy!

You see, Epicurious recently unrolled its food trend predictions for the year. And right there, #8, were sweet potatoes. The New York Times thinks sweet potatoes are hot too, see Sweet Potatoes Step Out from Under the Marshmallows.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that much of the trend is headed toward sweet potato fries – and you know what I think about sweet potato fries, see Frozen Sweet Potato Fries: Are They Worth the Price? the Calories?.

Now in my kitchen, sweet potatoes are no trend, they're a staple. I throw a few sweet potatoes into the oven alongside whatever is slow-cooking in the oven. Chicken Cider Stew is my go-to dinner to deliver whenever a family needs a little extra care. (Our never-touch-vegetables grandson even gobbles it up.) I even use a little sweet potato to give my Mac n Chicken that characteristic "KD orange" that makes kids think Kraft Dinner.

Will this be remembered as the Year of the Sweet Potato?! If so, I've got a new campaign slogan.

Sweet Potatoes: Not Just for Fries.

Whaddaya think? In the mean time, here are my favorite sweet potato recipes. Hold the fries, please.

My Favorite
Sweet Potato Recipes

Microwave 'Em!

Laugh if you like, but all it takes to cook a sweet potato is to throw it into the microwave. It's perfect for a last-minute vegetable for a weeknight supper. It's perfect for a healthy inexpensive lunch at work. It's perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Delicious Microwave Sweet Potato ♥ How to microwave a whole sweet potato.

Bake 'Em!

Baking sweet potatoes whole – well scrubbed, that's all the prep that's required – is an especially good way to cook a lot of sweet potatoes at a time. This is my favorite method for meal-prepping sweet potatoes, usually I just throw a few sweet potatoes into the oven while something else is cooking.

Baked Sweet Potatoes ♥, time and temperature to bake many and/or whole sweet potatoes in the oven.

Roast 'Em!

Roasted sweet potatoes take on a dark sweetness that's captivating. Here's a summery version of sweet potatoes, great served warm or at room temperature.

Sweet Potato Wedges with Rosemary & Lime Juice ♥, fresh and light for summer.

Slow Cook 'Em!

It's easy-easy to put several sweet potatoes into a slow cooker in the morning, they'll be ready for dinner at the end of the day.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in a Slow Cooker, so simple ♥ Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free. WW Friendly. Budget Friendly.

"Casserole 'Em"

Okay, okay, the #1 classic way to cook sweet potatoes is in the "sweet potato casserole". But there's no reason to make our teeth hurt with all that sugar! Or to use sugar at all ...

Sweet Potato Casserole ♥, traditional sweet potato casserole, updated with vanilla and ginger, just a few mini marshmallows plus a pecan-panko topping. Delish!

Mash 'Em!

It's so easy to mash sweet potatoes, you don't even need a potato masher since they'll cook down so soft, they can be mashed with a fork. Simple plain Mashed Sweet Potatoes are lovely (or go ahead, stir in a little maple syrup) but do know, sweet potatoes play well with other vegetables, carrots and butternut squash are my favorite.

Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Carrots ♥, an unexpectedly magical marriage of two everyday vegetables.

Stir Fry 'Em!

Who thinks to stir-fry sweet potatoes? Me, that's who! So much goodness here ...

Savory Stir-Fried Sweet Potatoes ♥ An unusual, easy weeknight vegetable.

Stew 'Em!

Sweet potatoes add color, nutrition and texture to one-pot dinners. We have a grandson who won't touch sweet potatoes but gobbles up this wonderful stew.

Chicken Cider Stew, another Quick Supper ♥, a colorful fall stew with sweet potatoes, carrots. Rave reviews. Weight Watchers friendly!

Soup 'Em!

Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa & Coconut Milk ♥ Rave reviews!

Spice 'Em!

Sweet potatoes taste so good all on their own but oh! what a few spices won't add.

Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine ♥ A Veggie Venture, colorful vegetables married with Moroccan spices, cooked in a tagine or shallow casserole to serve tableside. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Salad 'Em!

Sweet potato salads take people by surprise. There's all the familiar texture but entirely new taste ranges that are possible when you switch from potatoes to sweet potatoes.

Simple Sweet Potato 'Potato' Salad with Hardly Any Mayonnaise ♥ Great crunch, touch of sweetness, a few dried cranberries.

Chili 'Em!

Beans are optional but when it comes to a vegetable chili, you'll learn to rely on sweet potatoes.

Vegetable Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Chipotle ♥, a confetti of colorful vegetables and beans warmed with chili spices.

Burrito 'Em!

It's easy to wrap a few roasted or grilled vegetables in a tortilla and call it a (burrito) day but whoah, we love sweet potatoes so much here that it's become the one vegetable I always use.

Veggie-Lentil Burritos with Cilantro Sauce ♥, a vegetarian concept recipe for what's on hand, gorgeous sauce. Very adaptable. Rave reviews.

Curry 'Em

More spices! Lots of rave reviews from readers for this recipe ...

Sweet Potato Curry with Red Lentils, Roasted Peppers & Spinach, another healthy vegetable recipe ♥, stovetop or slow cooker. Vegan!

Cornbread 'Em!

Good cornbread = a welcome addition to dinner. Sweet potato cornbread = unforgettable.

Sweet Potato Cornbread ♥ Gorgeous golden color from a pile of sweet potatoes. Naturally wheat-free, gluten-free, no unusual ingredients.

Grits 'Em!

Home cooks often "sneak" vegetables into dishes, feeling proud when they "disappear". Me? I flaunt 'em! Sweet potatoes add color, nutrition and natural sweetness.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits (or Pumpkin Grits or Butternut Squash Grits) ♥, a 'skinny' pot of grits, conveniently cooked in the slow cooker with sweet potato (or pumpkin or butternut squash) and mik plus just a tablespoon of butter stirred in to finish.

Pie 'Em!

A sweet potato pie is a classic, especially in the American South. But let's dream big! Just swirl in a chocolate mixture that's similar in texture and contrasts beautifully with the earthy sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato-Chocolate Swirl Pie ♥ A Veggie Venture, a classic sweet potato pie plus chocolate, a beautiful combo.

Calling All Sweet Potato Lovers ...

So that's it, people. If you're crazy for sweet potatoes, you'll definitely want to check out all my sweet potato recipes. Your personal favorite is right there, hiding in plain sight ...

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  1. Yum! Yum! Gorgeous recipes! A sweet potato casserole recipe my family enjoys is to layer (partially microwave cooked) sweet pototo slices with green apple slices- STAND UP slices- then sprinkle with brown sugar, dab with butter, a dusting of cinnamon and bake until hot.

  2. Great post! Gotta love sweet potatoes. Was thrilled when I first discovered that they did not always have to come from a can or be full of sugar and smothered in marshmallows. Another quick prep is to simply dice skinned sweet potatoes, put little olive oil in a skillet (I like cast iron for this) and saute. Season with salt, pepper and basil to taste. Yum.

  3. I have to try to mashed sweet potato recipe! I usually just mash frozen cubes up with white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, milk, and butter for a quick side dish. Your rustic recipe sounds absolutely delish!

  4. i love this post, i love sweet potatoes, it's healthy,

  5. I just tried the Chicken Cider stew and it was wonderful. Somehow the whole recipe and its colors were very American to my Finnish eyes. It was like something my grandfather could have made if I'd have spent any autumns in Illinois...

  6. I LOVE sweet potatoes! They are part of the reason (brown rice is the other part) that I realized I could be a vegetarian and NOT feel deprived!

  7. Thanks for the recipes. On a busy night, we often zap a sweet potato in the microwave and eat it as topping needed!

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