Feasting on Sweet Potatoes


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Macadamia Nuts

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This Thanksgiving, I’m invited to feast with friends and they’ve requested that I bring a side dish. I’ve decided on sweet potatoes — something like these Coconut-Marshmallow Spiced Sweet Potatoes opens in a new tab or these Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Macadamia Nuts opens in a new tab.

Sweet potatoes are a starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable that we refer to as a “tuber.” Beloved the world over, North Americans have been enjoying them for hundreds of years. Did you know that George Washington was a sweet potato farmer before becoming a general? I’ll bet President Washington would have loved our Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Honey-Pecan Drizzle opens in a new tab!

Sweet Potato Graham Muffins

Although sweet potatoes are an important part of our Thanksgiving feast, they’re an ideal food for any day of the year. Versatile, nutritious and delicious, sweet potatoes are perfect for salads, sides, mains and even dessert. In fact, you can substitute sweet potatoes for white, red or yellow potatoes in many recipes.  Here are some favorite tips and ideas:

If you are wondering about the connection between sweet potatoes and yams, here’s the scoop: The two are often confused but, in reality, they are hardly related. Yams are larger than sweet potatoes and are grown in Africa and Asia. They are rarely seen in the US, but because sweet potatoes are often referred to as yams, it’s common and acceptable to use either name.
Are sweet potatoes on your holiday menu? What recipe will you make? I’d love to know.

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