Sweet Potato Benefits
I don’t know why I’m always surprised when I hear someone say “I don’t eat sweet potato” Sweet potato is such an all round wholesome vegetable, packed with fiber and nutrients and is also low in calories that I have to control myself from not eating too much of it!
This is an extremely healthy food choice and if you are concerned that you like them too much and eat them frequently I always say that there are so many unhealthy foods that we could be eating too much of and sweet potato is definitely not one of them so lets enjoy the goodness of life. Hurry up and start cooking yours!
I always mix them up when I buy them, white, yellow and red depending what’s on offer at our local markets and of course preparation is everything. Rinse them well, cut and rub with oil before roasting.
I prefer taking all my seasonings, spices, salt, pepper and some of the oil and mixing them into a paste and rubbing it all over the potato’s. Use this time to add in your favorite spices that what you have available and make sure the potato’s are property coated while your oven heats, which is not much time for me who seems to have a hotter than normal oven! I used my personal favorite home-made Harissa Paste that we made I think about 3 weeks ago in a large jar and have now bottled into a smaller jar and used it for these sweet potato’s.
Sweet potato takes a while to bake so depending on your ovens heat (mine is higher at 180 than its suppose to be I think) so I put the potato in the oven for the first 15 minutes to heat up and allow the coating to soak in and then I pulled them out and covered them with foil. The foil helps them cook from the inside out and it goes a lot quicker.
Keeping a close watch on them, I timed them with foil on for about 15-20 minutes and they were done. So the first 15 minutes without foil + 15 minutes with foil, 30 minutes later in total, I removed the foil and put them back in for 5 minutes or so with honey drizzled over, absolutely divine.
Sweet potato served on its own already has so much to offer in terms of taste and nutrients but with this spice mix and honey they are on another level of simply wonderful!
Serve with fresh lemon slices and sprinkle with some cinnamon or nutmeg. Brilliant as a side dish, main meal especially when you are lazy to cook anything because they keep well enough in the fridge. Or serve with a salad.
I am one of those people that enjoy food much more the next day than I do when it’s immediately cooked, don’t ask me why because I don’t even understand it, I’ve just always been that way. So having my sweet potato the day after (today) for breakfast/brunch with a side of black beans and a dollop of cream, I cannot even begin to explain but my mouth is watering, its the best taste!
Another way to bake sweet potato’s is to add about 1/2 cup of home-made stock to the roasting pan. Adding the stock to the bottom of the pan prevents the potato’s from burning.
Drizzled Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
The goodness of sweet potato makes this honey roasted recipe amazing! Takes some time to cook but worth it!
- Sweet potato's (any color)
- Olive oil
- Crushed dried chili
- Himalayan salt
- Crushed black pepper
- Harissa paste
- Hoisin Sauce
- Step 1 Rinse and cut the potato’s length-ways
- Step 2 Heat the oven and pierce the potato’s with a fork to speed up the cooking time
- Step 3 Rub the potato’s all around with the oil & spice paste
- Step 4 Cover with foil and bake for 15 min
- Step 5 Remove the foil and bake for another 15 min or until cooked through and tender
- Step 6 When roasted drizzle with honey and bake for a further 5 min
- Step 7 Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with lemon wedges (optional)
Once the black beans are cooked there is so much you can do with them, even salad’s just as we did here in this recipe.