January Winter Roasting – Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes!  They aren’t just for Thanksgiving – covered with brown sugar and marshmallows – anymore 🙂  Here are 3 reasons to eat sweet potatoes more often:

  1. They are a source of vitamin D, which effects are energy levels and moods as well as bone and heart health.  Normally people rely on sunshine to get vitamin D – but this time of year, especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live, there may be a shortage of sunshine.
  2. They are high in beta carotene and other powerful anti-oxidants that help ward of cancer and signs of aging
  3. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of iron

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Ingredients and Nutritional Information:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • olive oil (in a spray bottle)
  • chilli powder (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes
  3. Chop up the sweet potatoes into bite size pieces
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes bites into a glass, oven-safe baking dish
  5. Spritz with olive oil – about 10 times
  6. Sprinkle with chilli powder – stir for even coverage
  7. Roast in the over for 30-40 minutes;  check half way through and stir as needed

Variations:

  • While I don’t think chilli powder is too spicy and it works well with the sweetness of the sweet potato, but are worried it will be too hot, use another seasoning – like parsley or oregano.
  • Or try putting chilli powder on half the dish only to taste test the spicy vs. non-spicy – maybe the heat won’t be too bad.
  • If you have good knife skills, slice into longer wedges and enjoy some sweet potato fries – yum!  You’ll want to flip them a few times during to ensure even cooking.

Question for you: Do you have a favorite Winter Roasting recipe you’d like to share?  Please post a comment and let me know and you can be a guest blogger!

Cheers³

Reni

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