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Simple, Smart, Sweet Potato

Any way you slice it, this is one terrific food!

One of the most perfect foods, the sweet potato is extremely nutritious, it’s delicious, it’s extra easy to cook, it stores well, it’s available everywhere, and it’s cheap.    Sweet potatoes are definitely on my list of foods to be considered staple, regular items to be kept on hand for ready use.  Save money, be healthy, enjoy life – eat sweet potatoes!

Sometimes people call sweet potatoes yams.  Although there’s a difference between sweet potatoes and yams, in the United States the things people call yams are sweet potatoes.  If you’re in Africa, they might be two different things.

Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat!

Talk about versatile!  You could eat sweet potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week and not have them prepared the same way twice!

SWEET POTATO PARTY TIME IS NOW.  Check out these sweet potato FESTIVALS coming up!!  –

Okinawa, Japan, Sweet Potato Festival

Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival Yambilee aka Le Festival de la Patate Douce de la Louisiane aka The National Sweet Potato Frolic

Midland Valley Sweet Potato Festival, South Carolina – October 16

Golden Annual Sweet Potato Festival, Texas – October 21 ,22, 23

North Carolina Sweet Potato Festival – October 29 and 30

Georgia Sweet Potato Festival – October 30

Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival, Mississipi – November 6-13

Greenville, Alabama, Sweet Potato Festival, November 6

The easiest thing to do with them is just put them on the rack in your oven and bake them for about an hour or so at 350 degrees, just till they are tender.  They will keep all week in your refrigerator, and you can carry them around for lunchs, grab one for a snack, eat them cold, or reheat them.  SO easy, so quick, so simple, so good for you, and so cheap!  Oh man…  all hail the sweet potato.

Just Wash, Cook, and Eat!

You can microwave them in about 5 minutes.

Sweet potato french fries

Baked sweet potato chips

Fried sweet potato chips

Sweet potato biscuits

Sweet potato bread with pecans

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potato pancakes

Mashed sweet potatoes

Yeah, sure, but those are all plain old ordinary sweet potato recipes, right?

How about these?!

Curried Sweet Potato Salad

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet Potato, Pumpkin Seed, and Chickpea Party Mix

Sweet Potato Hash

Pork, Apple, and Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Sweet Potato Chaat – almonds, walnuts, cranberries, cucumbers and sweet potatoes?  Oh yeah!

SWEET POTATO MILKSHAKE

Or similarly, the Sweet Potato Smoothie

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