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  • Bettina Applewhite

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A simple roasted sweet potato is so satisfying. It's the perfect accompaniment for any meal including weekday meals and special occasions.

When I'm doing a complicated meal or a meal with so many dishes like we usually have for Thanksgiving, it's important that I have a couple of super simple dishes in the mix. Otherwise I'll lose all my cool in the kitchen.

Sweet potatoes are rich in lots of vitamins and minerals. It's known to be a "superfood" because it's so nutrient dense. Sweet potatoes are rich in:

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin D

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorous

  • Potassium

  • Thiamin

  • Zinc

There is a difference between sweet potatoes and yams even though most people use the words interchangeably. Yams are startchier than sweet potatoes and are not sweet. Yam skins look more like tree bark. Yams have a lighter pale color flesh while sweet potatoes have a rich, reddish, orange color.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potatoes by Lewis Hansel

Yams; Cassava

Don't just reserve your sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving or special steak dinners. Roasted sweet potatoes can convert to all sorts of delicious dishes like this delicious oatmeal recipe, breakfast bowls, and creamy sweet potatoes. So throw an extra sweet potato or two into the oven when baking so have wonderful possibilities for later.

Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

According to size of potato plan on 1 - 2 servings per potato


Sweet Potatoes

Olive Oil

Butter, dash of cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rub a tablespoon or so over each sweet potato. Place prepared sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and place in the oven.

  2. Bake for 1 hour or until sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork and are soft. Baking time depends on the size of your potatoes. Larger potatoes will need longer time. Remove smaller potatoes as they become done.

  3. Split potatoes open and dress with a dab of butter and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg if you like.

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