Paleo Recipes - Sweet Potato Pesto

Sweet Potato Pesto Style

When you think of sweet potato, you might think it’s only made for desserts. But sweet potato is a versatile food that you can use not only for desserts but even for main courses. Sweet potato is definitely a Paleo food that you’ll need on your list!

In the Paleo diet list, sweet potato is one of the very few root crops that you will encounter. There are many who include sweet potato in meals as desserts or as appetizers. Whilst some add it in with their main course. Whatever it is, sweet potato gives every meal distinct sweetness and rich texture but does not overpower the main ingredients. It combines perfectly with any type of meal and some even love it plain boiled.

Our family is a great example of sweet potato lovers. We love to cook them in any way we can! We have a bountiful basil harvest and made some pesto. It occurred to me that the nutty pesto flavor and the sweet and rich flavor of sweet potatoes make just the best combination. The combination is also just in time for our barbecue night. And this dish became the labor of our creativity and love for healthy and hearty meals!

Paleo Sweet Potato Pesto Salad
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Salad
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This Paleo Sweet Potato Pesto salad is packed full of flavor and nutrients that our bodies need.
Ingredients
  • 2 Medium Sized Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) Olive Oil (Extra Virgin Preferably)
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 ml) Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 ml) Black Pepper (Freshly Ground If Possible)
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Paleo Pesto
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Pine Nuts
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Water
Instructions
  1. • For this recipe, you may use an oven or you may roast your sweet potatoes on the grill along with your favorite barbecue or kebabs. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. • If you’re using an oven:
  3. o Prepare an oiled baking sheet. Peel and rinse your sweet potatoes and cut into chunks (the size depends on you).
  4. o Toss the sweet potato chunks with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. o Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the edges of the chunks start to turn brown.
  6. • If you are using the barbecue grill:
  7. o Rinse and cut sweet potatoes in half.
  8. o Coat cut sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  9. o Grill sweet potatoes until firm to the touch.
  10. o When the sweet potatoes are ready, peel the skin and cut into chunks (again, the size of the chunks depends on you).
  11. • Once your sweet potatoes are ready, toss with your prepared Paleo pesto in a bowl.
  12. • Let your sweet potato pesto salad cool before you serve. Sprinkle pine nuts before serving and enjoy!
This salad is perfect for the summer and when you are looking for a tastier alternative that can complement your BBQ’s. This tasty dish can also be a great snack and if you have kids, they will definitely love it. Sweet potato is not only delish, it is also one of the healthiest from its family. So here are just a few health benefits that will make you fall in love with sweet potato, too.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potato:

Low Cholesterol And Sugar Content

If you want food that can provide energy without worrying about your weight or sugar, then sweet potato can be part of your list. It contains dietary fiber that keeps the toxins and excess fat away. The fiber content also keeps you feeling full longer. Unlike other starchy foods, sweet potato does not release too much sugar as it is being processed by the body.

High In Vitamin B6 And Potassium That Are Good For The Heart

Because of Vitamin B6’s properties, it is ideal for keeping the blood vessels and arteries from hardening. And while B6 does this, potassium assures the fluid balance is maintained. This results in better blood pressure, better blood flow, and a healthier heart. Potassium is also an effective electrolyte, so it also helps the heart maintain a good heartbeat.

Beta-carotene To Protect Against Cancer And Aging

Because of the beta-carotene, a very effective antioxidant, the body can eliminate possible toxins that affect the body’s aging process and even prevent cancer. There are studies that suggest that sweet potato can help the body reduce the risk of having cancer by starving off the potential cancer cells. Beta-carotene also helps in keeping the skin and hair healthy, helping you look younger.

Iron For The Immune System

The immune system is as important as all other systems in the body. Iron in sweet potato helps it a lot by producing healthy white and red blood cells, processing protein, and keeps your immune functioning well. Iron, along with magnesium, keeps the body away from stress which can change the body’s hormones and become susceptible to diseases.

Magnesium For Stress

If you have a busy lifestyle or you have a stressful job, you might want to consider including sweet potato in your meals. Sweet potato is filled with magnesium which is essential in helping the body and promotes calmness, relaxation, and a good mood. The body also uses magnesium in promoting good bone, blood and artery health.

So next time you see a sweet potato, you know that you can create tasty and healthy meals. Enjoy making the recipe and feel free to add ingredients that you think can make it even tastier. Sweet potato is a very versatile ingredient after all.

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