Anyhow, when Mom whipped up these tasty sweet potatoes a few weeks back, I knew right away they had to go on Veggie Quest. Luckily she was more than happy to share her methods! So without further ado, here's her recipe:
Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time: 40 min (10 min active) Serves: 8
6 medium sweet potatoes (about 4½ lbs)
2 navel oranges
2 c frozen pineapple chunks, thawed (with juice) or 2 c fresh pineapple chunks
3 Tbsp maple syrup or a few drops liquid stevia
1 tsp cinnamon
toasted chopped pecans for garnish (optional)
Cook sweet the potatoes: Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut them into quarters. (Do not peel.) Put half the potatoes in a large microwave-safe container with ¼ inch of water in the bottom. Cover and microwave for 15 minutes (or until tender), rearranging the potatoes every 5 minutes. Repeat with the second half of the potatoes.
(Note: If you'd rather not use a microwave, wrap each whole potato in aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 1-1½ hours until centers of potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Whatever you do, please don't be tempted to boil your sweet potatoes; it makes them bland and watery.)
Puree the fruit: Peel oranges and place sections in a blender with the pineapple and maple syrup or stevia. Blend until smooth.
|No need to remove the membranes from the oranges|
Serve: Place sweet potatoes in an oven-safe serving dish, cover, and pop in a warm oven for a few minutes if needed. Garnish with toasted pecans, if using, and serve.