December Food of the Month: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (Beta Carotene). They are also a good source of vitamin C, manganese and B6.
The sweet potato is a diccotyledonous plant that belongs to the bindweed or morning glory family. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The sweet potato is considered one of the healthiest vegetables. One raw sweet potato contains 100 calories, 20.1 Carbs, 4.2 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of fiber.
Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe
3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 1/2 inch slices
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or agave nectar.
Directions: Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Heat to 160 degrees. Cover and set aside
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain sweet potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread potatoes on 2 rimmed baking sheets and roast until bottom sides are browned, about 20 min.
Carefully flip potatoes with a thin spatula and roast until potatoes are tender and browned on other side, about 20 mins longer
Transfer to a large bowl. Toss with remaining olive oil, parsley and honey, serve immediately!