Paleo Recipes - Sweet Potato Sides

Sweet Potato Sides, There Is More Than Just Marshmallows

Sweet potato, sweet potato… chanting it similarly to the old hot potato game and chant…

This morning I baked up several sweet potatoes when making the kiddos breakfast and then quickly played a game of hot potato, sweet potato when I peeled them… Next time I will just let them cool when I load the troops on the bus.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and one of my least favorite holiday dishes is sweet potatoes, you know, the canned kind soaked in syrup, mashed and mixed with marshmallows, then served up in a big foil pan. I am treading on hallowed ground here… This is a favorite dish of my husband’s, my children, and so many others… I’ve always wondered…. why not just bake and eat the darn potato?

Paleo Recipes - Sweet Potato Sides

But alas, this is a holiday. There is something to be said for ease of consumption and presentation. And….. after my playtime this morning, I have to admit there is even something to embellishing your sweet potatoes post mash. I hesitate to even call these Paleo diet recipes, but let’s call them recommendations. I am giving guidelines for what to add to a two potato serving so you can easily multiply as needed. It’s not rocket science, just some excellent tubular embellishment…

You can easily boil or pressure cook your sweet potatoes before mashing. I opt to bake mine. It is easy, hands off, and after 50 minutes the skins just slide right off. It doesn’t get much better than that…

and for whatever it’s worth, bacon really does make everything better. Even the mighty tuber…

Bacon and Chives Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

1 Medium to Large Raw Sweet Potato

2 Strips Bacon – Fried Until Crisp And Cut Into ½ Inch Squares

Handful of Chives (Or 1 Green Onion – Chopped)

Pinch of Unprocessed Salt

1 Tablespoon (15 g) Grass-Fed Ghee (Optional)

1 Teaspoon (5 ml) Olive or Coconut Oil

Procedure:

  • Ready your oven by preheating to 375°F (191° C) and cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Clean and scrub your sweet potato well to remove any dirt and/or harmful materials on the skin.
  • Once clean, place sweet potato on the parchment-covered tray you prepared earlier. Bake for 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender.
  • Once the sweet potato is cooked, remove from the oven and slice in half. Be careful since the sweet potato can be very hot.
  • Spread ghee on top of the sweet potato halves and top with bacon, chives or green onion and pinch of salt.
  • Enjoy your sweet potato whilst still warm.

 

Coconut Cream Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 Sweet Potatoes

1 Tablespoon (15 g) Coconut Flakes

1 Teaspoon (5 g) Ginger

1 Cup (237 ml) Coconut Milk

Procedure:

  • Ready your oven and preheat to 350° F (178° C) and ready a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes well.
  • Place the washed sweet potatoes on the tray and bake for over an hour or check if the sweet potato is very tender.
  • Alternatively, you can boil your sweet potatoes for at least 30 minutes. The sweet potato should also be very tender when cooked.
  • Let the potatoes cool a bit then peel.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are peeled, place in a food processor. Add the coconut milk and ginger.
  • Process the sweet potato mix until smooth.
  • Place the processed sweet potato mash in a baking dish. Sprinkle the coconut flakes on top.
  • Broil the sweet potato mash until the coconut flakes are toasted.
  • Remove from the oven and serve and enjoy whilst warm!

I would have kept experimenting but I ate one of the potatoes with some butter before I started playing with other flavors and then ran out of tubers… However, I have a whole list of flavor possibilities I am going to be experimenting with over the coming weeks and I can’t wait to show you…

Paleo Diet Food List - Sweet Potatoes

These Paleo diet recipes can be a definite favorite and can be enjoyed even by your kids. But you don’t have to stick with this recipe – there are other ways to spice up those sweet potatoes! All you have to do is be creative and add in spices or herbs of your own preference to a sweet potato dish. Here are a few more other things you can do to spice up your sweet potatoes and make this tuber the best part of your meal.

Not-So-Traditional Pancakes

If you want a little twist on your mornings, adding mashed sweet potatoes on your usual pancakes. This will give you a much fuller, creamier and sweeter pancake. You can top the sweet potato pancakes with your choice of fruits or berries or Paleolithic diet approved whipped cream. This is also a healthy way of making your favorite morning staple and your kids will definitely love the natural sweetness that sweet potatoes give.

Healthier French Fries And Chips

Paleo Food - Sweet Potato Fries

Instead of using regular potatoes for your Paleo French fries and/or chips, why not try using sweet potatoes? You can make them simply by frying sweet potatoes and eating them as they are or sprinkling them with your favorite herbs or spices making them more delicious. If your kids are still into dairy such as cheese, you can sprinkle some shredded cheese on top of their fried sweet potatoes or chips. There are even some restaurants that offer these types of fries and chips as healthier alternatives and which are acceptable when you follow the Paleo lifestyle.

Slow-Cooked Goodness

Paleo Diet Food - Slow Cooked Sweet Potatoes

If you want to enjoy the softness and creaminess of sweet potatoes, try cooking them in a slow cooker. Slow cooking gives you more time to do other things whilst your sweet potatoes are getting cooked to perfection. You can sprinkle some herbs or just cook as they come. The natural flavors of sweet potatoes will definitely be more defined with the help of slow cooking. You can make this as a side dish or a healthy snack. What you’ll have are like boiled sweet potatoes, only tastier and healthier!

Sweet Potato Salads And Slaws

Include raw sweet potatoes in salads and slaws? Yes, it is possible, delicious and totally safe. There are Paleo recipes on the Internet that introduces sweet potatoes in salads and slaws and these are perfect for those days that you want to detox or want to have a filling snack. These salads and slaws are Paleo diet approved and can be great even for parties. They are fresh, fun and tasty!

Perfectly Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Paleo Recipes - Grilled/Barbecued Sweet Potatoes

If you want to add something new to your special grill day, throw some sweet potatoes on the grill. The sweet potatoes will still be tender inside but crispy and smoky on the outside. A perfect combination! Grilled sweet potato goes well with any meat or fish you have on the grill so you don’t have to worry about what you’ll have with them. It’s a great way of spicing up your sweet potato and your grilled meal.

These are some ways you can spice up your sweet potatoes and even add these to your own list of Paleo diet recipes along with the recipes featured here. Sweet potatoes are truly beautiful tubers that can make a difference to any Paleo diet meal. These wonderful tubers are perfect for everyday meals and those special days.  So don’t be afraid to include them on your Paleo diet food list when you next go shopping.

 

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