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December 28: Indulge in Inspired Sweet Potatoes this Kwanzaa

Not only do they taste wonderful but sweet potatoes are a healthy super food. Interestingly enough, the sweet potato is actually only distantly related to the potato that is indigenous to North American. It belongs to the nightshade family which makes it a closer relative to eggplant!

Its importance in African-American food in the southern US is not to be denied. Food stylists discovered many options for it throughout history, incorporating it into many Kwanzaa recipes. There are the traditional sweet potato pies and sweet potato soups. You can even just mash them - they do not require much flavor because they are so delicious on their own. For the kids, consider sweet potato fries! There are so many ways to prepare this favorite starch. Take a look here to find a new favorite!

"Orange" Soup

"Orange" Soup - delicious, nutritious, and packed with orange vegetables, this velvety soup is a classic winter comfort-food.



A smooth, creamy bisque made with pumpkin, sweet potato, leeks, parsnips, carrots and loads of flavor. Gluten-free, dairy free and vegan.


Sweet Potato and Jalapeno Mash

roasted sweet potatoes and jalapenos in a smooth and creamy mash


Stuffed Bread Rolls

These gorgeous sweet potatoes and peppers stuffed bread rolls are a great idea for a party or for a buffet dinner. I have used peppers and sweet potatoes to fill these homemade bread rolls but you can use anything you want.. I am already thinking of ham and mushrooms for next time… or radicchio and gorgonzola cheese, ham and hemmental, pepperoni and tomato sauce, and everything you fancy.


Sweet potato cheese gnocchi

Gluten free gnocchi with sweet potatoes filled with goat cheese and covered with basil pesto.


Sausage, sweet potato & orange tray-bake

A tray-bake with chicken sausages, sweet potatoes and pecan nuts, all cooked in a tangy orange, maple & cinnamon sauce.


Festive roasted sweet potato salad

A medley of roasted sweet potatoes and onions, tossed with dried cranberries, creamy goat cheese and toasted nuts, drizzled with vinaigrette.


Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sugared Walnuts

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sugared Walnuts is a delightful dish just in time for the holiday season.


Sweet Potato and Eggnog Ice Cream

Sweet potato pie and egg nog make this ice cream a must at the Thanksgiving dessert table!


Rosemary Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Rosemary Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with a mustard vinaigrette dressing.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Roasted sweet potatoes with garlic and sage. A healthy side for your Thanksgiving meal.