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This simple Roasted Sweet Potato recipe is an easy, healthy side dish that takes just minutes to prep. With options to roast soft or crispy, everyone will love this recipe! These roasted sweet potatoes are delicious in these vegetarian taquitos, with a steakhouse steak, or alongside baked chicken breast!
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But I’ve also realized that healthy, whole foods don’t have to be boring (iceberg salad anyone?) or complicated (chia quinoa smoothie bowls with acia berries-is that even real food?)
My current favorite quick side dish for dinner are these perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
Why I love this recipe
- fast to prep
- lower in calories and carbs than regular white potatoes
- great source of fiber as well as vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, and magnesium
- they have a ton of health benefits
- they are a great addition to any main dish, from Christmas dinner to weeknight meals
- the entire family just loves them!
Because, really, what’s not to love?
Sweet potatoes have a natural sweetness-hence the name, even picky eaters will love them.
They are packed with beta-carotene and as an added bonus, roasting them with olive oil as in this recipe helps your body absorb even more of the goodness-recent research has shown that adding a little healthy fat helps your body absorb more of the beta-carotene in the potatoes
- sweet potatoes
- olive oil or avocado oil
- salt & pepper
- garlic powder
How to pick a sweet potato
- American grocery stores often label sweet potatoes as yams, they are not true yams
- there are many different varieties of sweet potatoes, this article describes them in full
- I prefer orange-skinned sweet potatoes as they have a sweet, creamy texture, avoid tan or purple sweet potatoes as they have a drier texture
- pick a firm potato without sprouts or discoloration, stay away from soggy or soft potatoes
How to dice a sweet potato
Slice the ends off, then cut into 1/2 inch slices. Chop the slices into half inch cubes.
Step by Step
This is a super simple recipe that even beginners can make!
- Preheat the oven and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
- Wash the sweet potatoes well. Dice as instructed above.
- Add sweet potato cubes, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a gallon plastic bag. Hold it tightly to close it and shake the bag vigorously to coat. You can also use a large bowl in this step and stir to coat, just make sure they are thoroughly coated with the olive oil to prevent drying them out.
- Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer making sure they are spaced out so they cook on all sides.
- Roast for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft, turning once halfway. For crispy potatoes, roast an additional 10 minutes.
Tips for best results
- ensure potatoes are in a single layer, not touching…use two cookie sheet or a large sheet pan if necessary
- turn them over halfway so they cook evenly
- as cooking time can differ on variety and size of cubes, check for doneness before removing from oven
- for a crispier end result cook an extra 10 minutes
Peeling the sweet potato skin is entirely optional. I choose to leave mine unpeeled because it increases the amount of fiber and antioxidants. You can peel the potato entirely or partially peel it to reduce the amount of peel, whatever your personal preference.
I like the garlic powder because it makes for a savory sweet potato side but you certainly can leave it out if you want a sweeter end result. You can also experiment with other seasonings like cinnamon, chili powder, onion powder, etc.
Russet potatoes tend to take a little longer to cook so if you’d like to make this a medley with both regular potatoes and sweet, cut the russet potatoes smaller so they cook faster.
For the best taste and texture, reheat in a skillet on the stove or in the oven. If you need to microwave them, do so on half power.
No, there is no need to boil them first and it will affect the texture negatively, with mushy end result
There are so many great recipes to serve with sweet potatoes but these are some of our favorites:
- as a side with protein like baked chicken tenderloins and veggies like roasted bell peppers
- with black beans in a taquito
- in burrito bowls
- on the side with eggs for breakfast
- with burgers as a substitute for fries
If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!Print