Savory, yet sweet, naturally low in calories, yet filling because of their super-high fiber content – sweet potatoes are a nutritional treasure. This under-appreciated super-affordable tuber is an unsurpassed food source of immune-boosting, heart-happy beta-carotene (1 provides 250% of your daily value!) that comes along with 8 other essential nutrients. And despite their starchy texture and sweet flavor, they will not send your blood glucose levels soaring like their white potato counterparts. To take full advantage of their special nutritional features, be sure to eat them along with some healthy fat otherwise you will not absorb their amazing carotenoid compounds.
This is one of my most favorite recipes for a “healthy starch”. So easy and always a crowd pleaser.
3 medium to large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks with skin
1 1/2 tbs chopped fresh thyme
2/3 cups Greek-style yogurt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Layer the sweet potato chunks on a baking dish and drizzle with the olive oil. Stir around with oil until evenly coated. Roast in a 400 degree F oven until outer portions turn golden brown (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and place in a mixing bowl and mash the sweet potatoes to a creamy texture. Stir in the yogurt and thyme and blend thoroughly. Serve warm.
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