sweet potato

When was the last time you appreciated the humble sweet potato? This lowly tuber offers up delicious flavor, a smooth and earthy texture and scads of nutritional benefits — all for under $1 a pound while it’s in season. Don’t confuse it with the yam: Sweet potatoes are U.S. grown and come in a range of colors from white, to yellow, to pink and purple.

And, as you’re about to find out, you can eat them in everything from chili to smoothies, pie to salads. Here’s a roundup of the sweet potato recipes on Organic Authority. Run out to the store, stock up on spuds and make organic sweet potatoes the focus of your next meal… and the next one… and the next one.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothies are a great use for leftover baked sweet potatoes, and a quick breakfast with lots of protein.

Sweet Potato, Pineapple and Cheddar Chicken Salad is a colorful, flavorful, low-calorie and low-fat lunch treat. 

Sweet Potato Steaks with Maple Pecan Butter go whole hog with the “sweet and salty” flavor combination, and might even win over some of the anti-vegetable dudes in your life.

Soups

Autumn Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew with Cilantro Oil is hearty, savory, full of fiber and antioxidants — and, if you use sugar instead of honey, completely vegan.

Ginger Thai Sweet Potato Bisque is sweet and spicy, and was chosen as the best sweet potato recipe of 2008.

Sweet Potato and Spiced Pecan Soup with Chive Chantilly is an incredibly creative soup that mixes traditionally sweet flavors with hot sauce, Worcestershire and chives. Watch out, it’s a high-calorie splurge.

Sides

Sweet Onion Salad with Sweet Potato-Raspberry Dressing is another award winner, a savory and crunchy variation on the traditional Waldorf salad.

Sweet Potato Biscuits are golden and tender, cutting back on butter and replacing its moisture and flavor with — you guessed it — sweet potato.

Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes are elegant and savory single-serving side dishes, cooked in ramekins with a bacon crumble topping and plenty of cream cheese and butter.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Pecan Streusel is a sweet, rich side with a cardamom kick.

Sweet Potato Latkes are — well, they’re latkes made with sweet potatoes. What’s not to love?

Desserts

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake is similar to a sweet bread. It’s rich, moist — and a beautiful bright orange.

Traditional Sweet Potato Bake — because you know you love it, and it’s still healthier than most desserts.

Caribbean Sweet Potato Bake breaks the traditional holiday mold by adding bananas and rum — but don’t worry, the calories didn’t go anywhere.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch, on the other hand, leaves out the butter entirely and incorporates cranberries and pecans for even more flavor.

Organic Sweet Potato Custard is a low-fat and kid-friendly pudding that’s as fun to make as it is to eat.

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