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Old 09-04-2009, 11:35 PM   #1  
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Default Sweet potatos? Are they better?

I've never been crazy about sweet potatos but I ate one at a restaurant today because I've heard they are better for you than a regular potato. Aren't both types of potato not very good for you because they are starchy? What are the health benefits of sweet potatos?
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:56 PM   #2  
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Twice the fiber of white potatoes. Lower glycemic index so better for your blood sugar. More antioxidants and Vitamin A & C.
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:28 AM   #3  
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Default you know if there is any way to serve them besides with brown sugar or candying them up? I always see them served with sweet toppings. I like the fact that they are sweet, but what are some other recipes?
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:31 AM   #4  
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Make sweet potato baked fries! Google for lots of recipes.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:05 AM   #5  
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West african stew So soo good.

Black bean and sweet potato tacos

Also, I just bake them and eat them as is.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:53 PM   #6  
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I die for sweet potato fries. (with a rasberry dipping sauce from cape may if I'm cheating lol)
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:46 PM   #7  
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I reverse-engineered the sauce that Elephant Bar Restaurant serves with the sweet potato fries -- ketchup mixed with sweet chili sauce (you'll find that with the other Asian sauces at the grocery). It's really good! But much healthier when I fix it at home since I roast or grill my "fries."
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:02 PM   #8  
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Sweet potatoes have more iron and also have antioxidants white potatoes do not. I love sweet potatoes--especially this time of year.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:20 PM   #9  
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I loooove sweet potatoes. Sweet potato fries, mashed sweet potatoes, pie, candided sweet potatoes...there are tons of great things you can do with them. I'd look up some recipes online and see what you come up with!
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:23 PM   #10  
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I love sweet potatoes, but can't seem to make the baked fries come out right. They are always soggy... I do like a good baked one, though.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:13 PM   #11  
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I do a combination of sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, raisins, cinnamon and sugar free maple syrup. Yumm.

I love them cut into fries and baked in the oven with cumin, chilli powder, garlic & onion powders.

I really enjoy them best just wrapped in a piece of aluminum foil and baked in the oven. Zero toppings required.

The problem with them, for me, is that I over eat them. So, they are a rarity for me.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:18 PM   #12  
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If you like spicy food, sweet potatoes make a great contrast for the heat.

Like Robin, I peel, slice, spray with PAM, and sprinkle with chili and garlic before baking in a very hot (450) oven till lightly browned. I also like them cubed and tossed into black bean soup for the last 1/2 hour of cooking.

For something different, I like this spicy chicken recipe. I use 1-2 Tbs. peanut butter instead of the 1/4 cup.

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Old 09-08-2009, 11:00 PM   #13  
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I was never into sweet toppings on sweet potatoes. My parents never did anything more than topping them with butter.

I alternate between regular potatoes and sweet potatoes (always have some of each on hand). I treat the sweets the same as the whites - mash in a piece of laughing cow cheese (usually garlic & herb) and top with ICBINB spray.
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Love sweet potatoes!!!!! They're so sweet all on their own so I just mix a little cinnamon in and am good to go. I've also done the baked fries with curry powder for a little sweet/savory taste....nom!
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