• Eat Sweet Potatoes All Day Long + Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Rice Bowl

    February 16, 2016

    If you’re a regular CNC reader, you know that I love sweet potatoes. I frequently enjoy them baked, mashed, roasted, and fried, as well as blended into pancakes, baked goods, and smoothies. I also love them on their own, simply roasted as Sweet Potato Wedges, Breakfast Potatoes, or topped on one of our favorite go-to dinners: Shepard’s Pie. Sweet potatoes are such a versatile ingredient; the list goes on and on and on.

    Obviously, there’s no wrong way to eat sweet potatoes and, since they’re available year-round, it’s simple to incorporate them into your everyday diet. That said, here are some of my favorite sweet potato recipes, so you can enjoy them morning, noon, and night!

    BREAKFAST: MAPLE-CINNAMON SWEET POTATO PANCAKES

    It’s no secret that I’m a lover of pancakes! I don’t discriminate, but I know the healthy versions typically fill me up and satisfy me better than traditional recipes, so I make these Maple-Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes as a more nutritious option. Made with nutrient-rich sweet potato and satisfying almond flour and eggs, these pancakes fulfill in more ways than one. Plus, they’re naturally gluten-free and low in sugar, so they’re a delicious and nutritious way to start your day!

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    LUNCH: SWEET POTATO & BLUE CHEESE RICE BOWL

    You guys know I’m all about the rice bowls lately, so here’s another recipe to try. This one pairs sweet potatoes with blue cheese, caramelized onions, and broccoli for a dish that will really wow your taste buds and stomach. The combination of sweet and savory flavors makes this healthy comfort food dish one that you will want to make again and again!

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup sweet potatoes, diced and roasted
    • 10 ounces cooked brown rice
    • 1/2 large yellow onion
    • 3/4 cup broccoli florets, steamed
    • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbled
    • 1/3 cup whole milk
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp canola oil
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp sugar
    • salt + pepper to taste

    Directions:

    Slice onion into 1/4 inch pieces and sauté in canola oil and sugar until soft and golden brown. Then, make the blue cheese sauce by combining onions, milk, blue cheese crumbles, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. On medium heat, stir occasionally for 5-6 minutes.

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    Meanwhile, add sweet potatoes, rice, and broccoli to a large mixing bowl. Pour blue cheese sauce into mixing bowl and combine well. Top with additional blue cheese crumbles and serve immediately.

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    Recipe makes 2 servings

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    SNACK (OR DESSERT): MORNING GLORY MUFFINS

    These Morning Glory Muffins are one of the most popular recipes on CNC and one of my favorites, too! Made with mashed sweet potato, shredded coconut, raisins, walnuts, carrot, almond meal, these muffins are a naturally gluten- and dairy-free treat that just about everyone will love. They’re loaded with all sorts of nutritious ingredients, so they can be easily enjoyed any time of day!

    DINNER: SWEET POTATO HASH

    This Sweet Potato Hash is another go-to recipe in our house. It’s seriously so easy to make: Just throw all of the ingredients in a pan, stir occasionally, and, voilà, you have a nutritious, delicious, and super satisfying dinner! And the leftovers make an awesome lunch (or breakfast) the next day!

    Question of the Day

    What’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape February 16, 2016 at 1:51 am

    My favourite way to eat sweet potatoes is either baked with tahini drizzled on top or as fries with guacamole! Yum!

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    Mollie K February 16, 2016 at 6:57 am

    @Jen @ Chase the Red Grape: Sweet potatoes and tahini ARE MY FAVORITE!! with a little sea salt. AMAZING!

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    Karien @ Running the Race February 16, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I LOVE Morning Glory Muffins too!

    Just an interesting observation: I see that your sweet potatoes are always bright orange in colour, while ours’ down here in South Africa are very pale – a light, baby yellow colour. I’ve never been able to find the orange ones here – perhaps they’re different varieties…?

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    Hilary February 16, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I love simply roasted sweet potatoes topped with cashew butter! Nothing beats that combo for me!

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious February 16, 2016 at 6:04 am

    I love sweet potatoes! I’ll eat them any way. I seem to go in phases with how I cook them. Lately my favorite way to eat them is a sweet potato hummus with peanut butter recipe that I make. It’s addicting! Almost as good as eating chocolate!

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    Heather@hungryforbalance February 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I’m with you in that I like all sorts of ways, but I think just baked whole and topped with cinnamon and almond butter is my favorite.

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    Brynn February 16, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Sweet potato wedges are my favorite!

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    Sagan February 16, 2016 at 7:26 am

    That recipe looks so good… except for the blue cheese *shudders.* Bet I could replace it with some goat cheese or feta though 🙂

    I love slicing and baking sweet potatoes like French fries and dipping them in homemade aioli. Yum!

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    Erin G. @ Treats and Sneaks February 16, 2016 at 8:20 am

    How have I never seen those Morning Glory Muffins!? I’m definitely making those this weekend!

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    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby February 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Love me some sweet potatoes! I love sweet potato pancakes but I also just love to eat one with sun butter on it for breakfast! That’s definitely my favorite way to eat them, or in cookie form 🙂

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    julie February 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I love em baked with a little salt and a laughing cow, preferably the garlic and herb or white cheddar. Love this post. Gotta try the sweet potatoes with blue cheese and rice bowl.

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    Shawna February 16, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I have half of a very large sweet potato each day for lunch topped with some shredded cheese (whatever we have on hand) and some plain greek yogurt. SO good! I will definitely be trying those sweet potato pancakes, probably this weekend!

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I agree!! Sweet potatoes are the best!

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    Jessica February 16, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I LOVE putting peanut butter on a hot sweet potato. Its one of my favorite foods.

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    Rachel @ Never Enough Novels February 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve never heard of this idea!! I adore both pb and sweet potatoes, though so I’ll be trying this next time I eat one!

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    Missy February 24, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I put sunflower seed butter on my sweet potatoes. I eat it several times a week and love it!

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    Brigid February 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I never ate sweet potatoes until a couple of years ago. My mother doesn’t like them and therefore I was never introduced until a running friend of mine insisted I try them. Now I cannot get enough. Love making sweet potato fries.

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    Sarah @ bucketlisttummy February 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I love stuffing sweet potatoes with anything and everything, though bbq chicken may be my fave!

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    Jill February 16, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love roasted sweet potatoes or baked sweet potatoes, topped with cheese and sour cream.

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    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday February 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I love sweet potatoes and eat at least one pretty much every day! I adore them topped with cashew butter, stuffed with salsa and Laughing Cow or cheddar, and just plain roasted. Oh, and I like to dice them, sauté them, and then top them with a runny egg 🙂

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    Heidi Kokborg February 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I love sweet potatoes too! They are so much better than regular potatoes! I love baked sweet potatoes with peanut butter and cinnamon. It’s so good!

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    Jen February 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    ooo that rice bowl looks fantastic!

    I love cutting thin sweet potato fries and tossing with coconut oil and McCormick’s chipotle pepper spice, and baking til crispy. I can eat a whole pan, they’re sooo good.

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    Michelle February 16, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Baked and topped with avocado and a spicy bbq sauce. It’s my daily dinner lately!

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    Maria February 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Have you tried the pre-cooked sweet potato wedges from TJs….they are Awesome! And so easy instead of roasting, baking, or microwaving! They are really delicious too!

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    Taylor February 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

    YUM!!! I love sweet potatoes too! I eat them almost every day. I love making homemade sweet potato fries to compliment any meal!! All of your recipes look amazing!

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    Chelsea@TableForOne February 16, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I am seriously obsessed with sweet potatoes! My favs include topping them with a smear of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon (great for a packed snack even), sliced in half and topped with sautéed spinach, a fried egg, and salsa, and spiralized and baked with a sprinkle of salt. Serious yum!

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    Laura T. February 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I made your hash brown casserole on sunday for an easy, grab-and-go breakfast during the week. I found sweet potato tater tots (!!!!!) at whole foods and used them instead! my casserole came out very liquidy though – has that ever happened to you? the eggs were cooked all the way through but there was a lot of excess water at the bottom.

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    Tina February 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Oh, no! Did you use whole milk? That’s never happened to me.

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    Ruth February 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

    My husband loves sweet potato fries baked in the oven. I love them mashed with just a bit of butter. I will have to try these recipies, maybe the two of us need to be a bit more adventurous with our Yams.

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    Erin @ Erin's Inside Job February 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Lately I’ve been cooking on in the microwave after dinner and topping it with almond butter and cinnamon as my dessert. It’s magical.

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    Shel@PeachyPalate February 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I love slow cooking thinly sliced (using a mandolin) with coconut oil in the oven…about an hour and half to create perfect homemade chips!

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    Aurora@Fitness is Sweet February 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try sweet potato pancakes for a while now, and this may be the motivation I need to make it happen!

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    Susan February 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Came across another tasty looking sweet potato recipe today while procrastinating at work. Thought it looked pretty delicious. Thanks for always sharing your great recipes. 🙂

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/cheesy-beef-and-sweet-potato-taco-casserole/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+pioneerwoman-full-rss-feed+(The+Pioneer+Woman+%7C+Full+RSS+Feed)

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    Tina February 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Yummm! That looks incredible!! 🙂

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    Amanda @ Cheers to the Weekends February 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Everything looks so delicious! I love sweet potatoes… either the healthy way of a la thanksgiving with marshmallows and brown sugar!

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    Ginny February 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Sweet potato and black bean chili!

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    Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole February 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I really need to start including more sweet potatoes in my diet! 🙂

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    Jennifer February 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try those Paleo Morning Glory Muffins for a long time, I’m making it happen this week. Thanks for reminding me 

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    Victoria February 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Sweet potatoes are my absolute FAVORITE. Yum!

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner February 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    So many good sweet potato recipes! Roasted with broccoli and onions and topped with Greek yogurt, baked into “fries” with veggie chili and cheese on top, grilled in rounds with ketchup. Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas….

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    adrianna February 16, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    i eat sweet potatoes every. single. day. by far my favorite! i roast them in coconut oil and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice…so good!

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    nicole February 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Lately I’ve been roasting a huge pan full of sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips.
    Yum!

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