Sweet Potato Recipes: 23 Healthy Ways to Eat Sweet Potato

By Jess

Armed with these sweet potato recipes you’ll have a bevy of ideas to choose from when you have a supply you need to get rid of. From savory to sweet and everything in between, there’s something for every taste here.

No matter the question, sweet potatoes are the answer! I found a ton of new favorites in these sweet potato recipes.

1. Sausage Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula Chimichurri

This isn’t your Italian mama’s sausage and peppers! The sweet potato gives you those satisfying carbs but in a Paleo-friendly way. The skillet-cooked peppers, onions, and sausage cook quickly so if you bake the potatoes ahead of time, this meal can be ready in a jiff!


2. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chorizo

Once just isn’t enough with these twice-baked sweet potatoes. First you bake them and then you bake them again to release even more flavor. Adding chorizo to the mix just makes it an even bigger taste sensation.

3. Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili

When it’s cold out, there’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of chili; this recipe is great for those days. But since the chicken and sweet potatoes substitute for beef and beans and serve to lighten the whole dish, you can have all the flavors of chili even in the warmer months.

4. Citrus & Sage Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ever wondered what the nutritional difference is between your traditional old baking potato and a sweet potato? Well, sweet potatoes are slightly lower in calories and carbohydrates, have more fiber, and are packed with vitamins and nutrients – especially vitamin A. So grab a yam and get mashing!

5. Japanese Sweet Potato Waffles

Want waffles, you say? But not Paleo, you say? We’ve got the answer for you: Japanese Sweet Potato Waffles! You’ll get the crunchy outside-fluffy inside carb satisfaction of regular waffles with none of the guilt. You can even put real maple syrup on these bad boys. Just make sure it’s “real” – it will say so on the label.

Photo: Recipe Fiction

6. Garlic Herb Sweet Potato Cakes: Paleo Friendly

Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. They can be used in sweet or savory recipes and this is a great example of a savory one. To keep your “cakes” extra Paleo, use coconut oil to fry them in. Also, make sure you use fresh herbs, not dried ones. The flavor is entirely different!

7. Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad

This recipe, believe it or not, is kosher! That’s because you use beef bacon instead of pork bacon. The author gives you tips on where to find this great substitute. This potato salad is great warm or chilled – so perfect for family dinner or family picnic!

8. Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms

This is a great fall or winter dish because it’s full of warm, roasted savoriness. As the vinegar roasts it caramelizes, it brings the subtle sweet of the sweet potatoes and the earthy umami of the mushrooms all together. It’s a perfect side dish for pork or roasted chicken.

9. Purple Carrot and Sweet Potato Salad

Ask any kid – weird colors make food fun. So let the kid in you out and head to the grocery store to pick up some veggies in unexpected colors. This recipe uses a purple potato, but to make it Paleo-friendly, grab an orange sweet potato. Pair with a purple or red carrot for a colorful lunch.

Photo: Real Food With Dana

10. Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Aioli and Sweet Potato Buns

We all know that the flavors of Thanksgiving are tasty all year round and here’s a great summer recipe to prove it. Grab your grill, cook up some turkey burgers, skip the bun and substitute sweet potato cakes. Throw on some cranberry aioli (YUM) and there you have it – a summer cookout, Thanksgiving style!

11. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

These scalloped sweet potatoes are the perfect replacement for traditional scalloped potatoes. With the addition of bacon there’s a savoriness to this dish that goes nicely wtih the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

12. Sweet Potato Pancake Bites

Miss the flavors of pizza while sticking to your Paleo diet? Try these sweet potato pancake bites. The sweet potato functions as the crust – and adds a little sweetness! Then, your toppings are pretty endless. You could even give this recipe a Paleo kick up by adding bacon!

13. Spiced Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ever wondered what ghee is? It’s what’s left over when you gently boil butter and scrape off the white foam on top. In other words, it’s butter with almost no water content – almost entirely fat. And that’s why you’ll frequently find it in Paleo recipes like this quick and easy side dish!

Photo: T As Tasty

14. Sweet Potato with Feta

For a simple but satisfying meal, try this recipe for sweet potatoes with feta and olives. The feta, parsley, and olives lend this recipe a Mediterranean twist. You get the sweet creaminess of the sweet potatoes with the tangy saltiness of the cheese and olives – it’s the perfect sweet-salty bite!

15. Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Everyone loves tater tots! But if you’re eating Paleo, you can’t just grab the bag of processed tots from the frozen aisle at the store. So, instead, try these out. You’ll get that great crunch on the outside and that yummy creamy potato on the inside with the extra benefit of all the vitamins that come with sweet potatoes.

16. Brown Butter Squash and Sweet Potato Bacon Soup

Take your sweet potato to a whole new level: soup! This is a great fall evening warm-you-up thick-style soup. It’s made with butter, so some of the strictest Paleo eaters might want to skip it, but you could also turn the butter into ghee first in order to make it a bit more Paleo-friendly – just make sure you use ¼ cup of ghee and not the ghee from ¼ cup of butter.

17. Cinnamon Brûléed Sweet Potato Purée

Who doesn’t love sweet potatoes around the holidays? But marshmallows on top… that’s certainly not Paleo! Get the sweetness you want instead from honey. You can keep the good old standbys of crunchy pecans and spicy cinnamon on top and you’ll get all the things you love about sweet potato pie, just Paleo-friendly!

Photo: Civilized Caveman Cooking

18. Easy Shrimp Recipes – Sweet Potato and Bacon

The images for this recipe show it served as a cute little one-shrimp appetizer, which would surely go over well at any dinner party. But this can be a full meal, too. Add a few more shrimp to each plate and grab some spicy arugula dressed with good olive oil and a little salt and pepper and there it is – dinner!

19. Wholesome Sweet Potato Latkes

You can now have latkes again with this recipe that takes tradition into account but makes sure that everything remains Paleo-friendly. They’re so yummy you’ll want to make extra so you can reheat them later.

20. Crispy Sweet Potato Roast with Parsley Salsa

Crispy edged potatoes with soft centers and a bright citrus-hinted sauce make this side dish great for any meat – it will stand up to beef, chicken, pork, lamb, all of them excellently. And, the fresh pop of the parsley salsa would go well with your protein too, so you might want to double the recipe for the topping.

21. Zucchini and Kale Quiche with a Sweet Potato Crust

Quiche. It’s almost the perfect Paleo food and you can do so many different things with it. Almost perfect. Except for that crust. It’s the antithesis of Paleo. What to do? Try using a sweet potato crust! The cool thing about this recipe is that you can substitute the “crust” into any other quiche recipe that you want.

22. Sweet Potato Noodles

For most of us, giving up pasta is one of the hardest parts when starting a Paleo diet. Not to fear – your spiralizer is here! You can use the noodles a spiralizer makes for standard Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, or toss with fresh veggies and olive oil for a summer salad.

23. Sweet Potato and Sausage Paleo Stuffing

It’s Thanksgiving in a bowl! Ditch the cubes of processed non-Paleo bread and instead get those sweet potatoes right into the stuffing. This has the sweet-tart of apples, the savory of onions and sausage, and the creamy-nuttiness of sweet potatoes. Who needs the bird when you’ve got all this?!

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Sweet potatoes have enjoyed nearly celebrity status in recent years, even getting the thumbs up from Oprah for helping with her weight loss. Paleo is not about following trends or fads but about eating foods that are wholesome and akin to what our ancestors were eating before cultivating land and harvesting crops became the norm. So how do sweet potatoes fall into this philosophy, and are they something you can have or not? (more…)


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