This recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and healthy side dish. These sweet potatoes are tender and extra sweet, thanks to the perfect combination of olive oil, parsley, and a touch of honey. To ensure maximum flavor and sweetness, the potatoes are par-cooked in water at a specific temperature range that activates an enzyme that converts starch into maltose. Then baked in a great baking pan.
This means that you don’t have to add any extra sugar to the dish. Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, but they are also packed with complex carbohydrates and fiber, making them a great addition to any balanced diet. Give this recipe a try and enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
Roasted sweet potatoes are a nutritious and healthy food that can provide various health benefits. Some of the key benefits include:
- High in vitamins and minerals: Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as minerals like potassium, manganese, and iron.
- Rich in antioxidants: Sweet potatoes contain a high amount of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamin C which helps in protecting the body from free radical damage and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
- Good for digestion: Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which helps to promote regular bowel movements and can prevent constipation.
- Help to regulate blood sugar: Sweet potatoes are considered low on the glycemic index, which means they can help to regulate blood sugar levels, making them a good option for people with diabetes.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Sweet potatoes contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce inflammation in the body which is beneficial for people with conditions such as asthma and osteoarthritis.
- Supports a healthy heart: The potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C present in sweet potatoes are all good for heart health. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure, vitamin B6 helps to lower homocysteine levels, and vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to lower cholesterol levels.
It’s worth noting that consuming sweet potatoes in moderation can bring the above health benefits. As with any food, too much of anything can have negative effects.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Sweet Potatoes – This recipe is for tender, extra-sweet roasted sweet potatoes with olive oil, parsley, and a touch of honey. Par-cooking the potatoes in water between 135 and 170°F activates an enzyme that converts their starch into maltose, making them extra flavorful and sweet, without the need to add extra sugar. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber.
- Prep Time: :20
- Cook Time: 1:00
- Total Time: 1:20
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Side
- Method: Baked
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
- Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Heat water to 160°F as registered on an instant read thermometer. Cover and set aside for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, adjust oven racks to upper middle and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 400°F. Drain sweet potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread sweet potatoes on two rimmed baking sheets and roast until bottom side is browned, about 30 minutes. Carefully flip potatoes with thin offset spatula and roast until second side is browned and potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes longer.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Toss with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, parsley, and honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar, if using). Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 6
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