Do you ever find yourself making things more complicated than they need to be? I do. Lately, when I make sweet potatoes, I’ve been peeling, cutting, chopping, seasoning, and then roasting or grilling them. They’re wonderful – full of flavor and a healthy dose of nutrients.
The other night I made cinnamon-maple roasted sweet potatoes; and they are fast becoming a favorite of mine. My whole family likes them. But I have one child that craves a simpler taste. She looked at the dish of sweet potatoes and asked why we don’t have plain baked sweet potatoes anymore. Sure, she likes the new recipe, but her favorite is by far whole baked sweet potatoes.
Wait a minute – you mean I could forgo all the peeling, chopping, and mixing of the seasonings of this dish and instead serve plain baked sweet potatoes? Well, yes. While it’s fun to do something more interesting and complicated, it doesn’t have to happen every meal.
It’s said that we eat with our eyes. Just search for sweet potatoes on Pinterest and you’ll know what I mean. You’ll find mouth-watering photos of mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, sweet potato wedges, and much, much more . . . but not so many pictures of plain baked sweet potatoes. Let’s face it; they’re not as glamorous and eye-catching as the other sweet potato dishes. But, oh, they are so good.
Sometimes the simple things are exceptional all by themselves. Sweet potatoes are one of those foods God gave us that are healthy, filling, and delicious. When baked they can be eaten straight-up, though I do like to top mine with a little butter and a touch of brown sugar. They provide a good amount of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium in each serving. They’re also a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese.
My sweet potato loving child was extremely pleased the other night when we had plain baked sweet potatoes. If you’ve never tried them, you should; and if you’re not sure how, keep reading for the recipe below.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to entail a long list of ingredients and unfamiliar cooking techniques. Often it’s as basic as one ingredient, prepared simply, in a way that enhances its natural flavor and texture.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 4 medium sweet potatoes all similar in size
- 4 small sheets of foil
- Line bottom of oven with foil to catch drips from the sweet potatoes as they bake. They can get pretty sticky.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash sweet potatoes and remove any bad spots that you see.
- Prick each sweet potato with a fork a few times around the potato.
- Wrap each sweet potato separately in a square of foil.
- Place each sweet potato in heated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until done. You can tell it's done if the sweet potato is easily squeezed and gives when gentle pressure is applied, or when a fork can easily pierce the potato.
- Remove from oven, unwrap, and serve.