Sweet potatoes are becoming a lot more popular when it comes to cooking, and for a good reason. This is one of the foremost veggies to eat for good nutrition. But don't take our word for it - take that of nutritionists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), who ranked sweet potatoes as the number 1 vegetable for overall nutrition - above all other vegetables. They have a low glycemic index, which makes them a healthier alternative to regular potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and fiber. They are also loaded with antioxidants (fight cellular damage and aging), potassium and iron.
They are incredibly healthy when served hot, so it's always good to have a few recipes that incorporate them on hand. Here's a fantastic one for you to try:
Collect the ingredients and supplies you'll need:
~ 15-inch metal skewers (or similar)
~ Sweet potatoes (organic are best, so you don't have to peel them and get that added nutrition and fiber from the peel)
~ Olive oil
~ Salt and pepper (fresh-ground if possible)
~ Additional spices are not mandatory but can be nice, such as cinnamon, chili, garlic etc.
Tip: Another option is to garnish with fresh herbs. Any of these will do: Dill, sage, basil, mint, parsley etc.
Wash the potatoes and scrub them until they are very clean. If they aren't organic, then you will also need to peel them.
Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, and discard of the pointy end pieces.
Put a skewer through each slice, all the way through its diameter. Twist as you pierce with the skewer, because the potato will be hard to pierce. Repeat until each skewer is full of slices.
You won't need to skewer the potatoes twice to keep them from spinning when you turn them on the grill. They are dense and won't move when you flip them.
Now, brush each slice gently and lightly with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and any other spice you feel like. Salt and pepper alone will taste great as well.
Now flip the potatoes over and repeat on the other side.
Heat the grill and place the skewered sweet potatoes on it. They will cook for about seven minutes each side. Check their tenderness with a fork to see that they are soft all the way through before taking them off the grill. If they look dry, you can brush them with olive oil again just before taking them off the grill.
You're done! You can serve these hot or at room temperature. Enjoy the yummy bites!
Nutritional data for one 15" skewer of grilled sweet potatoes: 217 calories, 3.8 g fat, 162 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 2.4 g protein.
You can serve them as they are or add some fresh herbs, such as Italian parsley (as shown in the photo below).
Now you can treat your guests to a great and healthy meal that can be served on any occasion.
TIP: Regular potatoes can be cooked in the exact same manner.