Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to plain potatoes. They have traditionally been associated with holiday dinners: a staple pecan sweet potato casserole topped with melted marshmallows or a pile of fluffy sweet potatoes whipped to perfection.
Though sweet potatoes can be substituted in recipes that call for yams, they are not the same vegetable. Often confused, each derives from a different plant species. Yams are a thick vine tuber grown in South and Central America, as well as parts of Asia and Africa.
Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They also provide a large amount of dietary fiber, potassium and manganese. Low in saturated fat and sodium, sweet potatoes are a good choice for maintaining the potassium-sodium balance in the body and can help stave off osteoporosis and heart disease. Since sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic Index than other potatoes, they provide a more nourishing form of energy.
This recipe for sweet potato casserole has been given a boost. After experimenting with fruits and nuts, this recipe replaced the old standby. Adding a can of crushed pineapple sweetens the pot, while an almond topping increases the crunchiness.
Pineapple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
Although sweet potatoes are most popular around the holidays, several recipes for sweet potatoes can be enjoyed all year long. Not only do sweet potatoes give you an alternative to russet potatoes, but they are also incredibly healthy. In fact, they're much healthier than white varieties.
Honor the long-standing history of the spud with this garlic mashed potatoes recipe. This recipe calls for the use of milk or cream, but you can add in sour cream for an even richer, tangier side dish.