Roasted Maple Sweet Potatoes
I have never met a sweet potato that I didn’t like. Most people associate these orange beauties with pie, but there are many ways to serve up this versatile veggie. Roasted maple sweet potatoes is an easy, favorite dish that takes very little preparation. This one in particular has a slightly sweet, buttery overtone that feels like a warm, cozy day by the fireplace.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the bright-orange form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Basically, they are chock-full of nutrition!
I love how the butter mixes nicely with the sweet maple syrup, creating a sumptuous, savory taste. This is guilt-free indulging, keeping in mind that butter is a powerful source of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. Additional nutrients in butter include fatty acids, lactones, and methyl ketones. I choose grade B maple syrup because it has a higher nutritional content; and is a great source of manganese, along with traces of zinc, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.
These simple, savory sweet potatoes also go well with quinoa stuffing. Add some protein to the mix, as well as a cup of tea or hot cocoa, and you have yourself the perfect cold-weather meal. Perfect for holiday gatherings!
For the non-veggie lovers in your life, this is the perfect dish to introduce veggies in a fun and tasty way. Even small children will be asking for more of this warm and comforting dish. They’ll never imagine that they’re bulking up on nutrients while enjoying the sweet taste. Sometimes the easiest recipes to make taste the best, too!
- 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
- 1/3 cup pure grade b maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
- Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in small bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
- Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes.
- Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.
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