It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to eat sweet potatoes.  These orange-skinned root vegetables offer a host of health benefits (especially when cooked without the unnecessary sugar and marshmallows).  They are high in vitamin C, calcium, folate, potassium and beta-carotene.  Just one serving of sweet potatoes can provide you with as much as 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A.   With a low glycemic index, sweet potatoes are also good for your skin and sore/cramped muscles.  So go get some!

Ingredients:

-2 small sweet potatoes

-1 dab of butter (I used 0 cal spay butter … but shh!!! Don’t tell Jeff)

-Salt & pepper to taste

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions:

Peel the 2 sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch thick circles or dice into small pieces.

In a pot, boil until soft- about 10 to 15 minutes.  Drain the water out and let the sweet potato pieces sit to dry out for about 5 minutes (you can leave them right in the pot).

With a fork, mash up the sweet potatoes until smooth.  Add a dab of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, & pepper to taste.  Mix thoroughly.

Optional: Add in a little olive oil to make smoother.  You could also add in some chopped sage, which I didn’t do, but will definitely add in next time!

Serve with steak tips & roasted asparagus for a real “Steak & Potatoes” kind of dinner!

Mangia!

-Cristina