Sweet potatoes are a foundational ingredient in kitchens across the country, most everyone has their go-to way to prepare this golden veggie. Just thinking about it can conjure up smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, and that welcoming aroma that fills the house with anticipation. Some have family recipes passed down from generation to generation, such as casseroles, mashed sweet potatoes, or simply baked potatoes. Then there are different methods of cooking like roasting, frying, baking, or candying. For a more comprehensive view on ways to slice, dice, bake and broil, check out A Sweet Pea Chef’s blog as she embarks on an adventure to make sweet potatoes in nineteen different ways! It can be said that there is no wrong way to sweet potato, making them the perfect ingredient for no-stress weekday meals.
Sweet potatoes have unarguably reigned supreme in the potato world for years. Their recent popularity in the United States has shown a 42 percent increase since 2000, and Americans are eating about 7.2 pounds per capita. Now, that’s a lot of spuds! Nutritionally speaking, however, they are not that different from their cousin, the white potato. They both offer fiber, healthy carbs and vitamins B6 and C. But, where sweet potatoes rise above are in their serious punch of vitamin A, antioxidants and their lower glycemic index.
At Greenjoy, we focus on pure and healthy ingredients first and we recommend buying organic produce whenever possible. Accessibility to organic produce might not always be an option, (which means we have more work to do!) but root vegetables and potatoes in particular are more susceptible to chemicals in pesticides. According to Doctor Oz, “Potatoes that are grown above ground are sprayed with pesticides, and the soil they’re grown in is treated with fungicide. By buying organic varieties, you avoid both these threats and sweet potatoes are usually grown with less pesticides overall.”  If you can’t buy organic, be sure to peel the skin which helps to reduce the pesticide levels.
For us, we’re all about easy, healthy and delicious meals. We won’t sacrifice flavor for function either, so every dish has to pass the taste test. We created some recipes that are perfect for weeknight dinners that transition into a quick breakfast or lunch the next day. Let’s get started!
Roasting sweet potatoes is always quick and easy, and ‘hey’ the oven basically makes them for you! There are so many ways you can change up the flavor by adding different spices, seasonings, dressings, or dips. For warmer months, we like to use our refreshing Orange Poppy Seed Dressing which is great for cooking due to its high smoke point. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees. After cubing the potatoes, season with freshly ground Himalayan sea salt and 3-4 Tablespoons of our Greenjoy dressing. Hand mix to incorporate then pop them in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Once done, you can simply enjoy as sweet potato fries and pair with our Orange Poppy Seed Dressing as an epic dip.
To make this more of a meal, fry up an egg over easy, pair with sliced tomatoes, avocado and cooked broccoli. Top with any garnish from the garden or fridge, we like cilantro or thyme, and drizzle with Greenjoy or your favorite hot sauce. We can’t get enough of Yellowbird’s Blue Agave Sriracha!
The best part about roasting vegetables is that you can make enough for meals throughout the week. So, go ahead and roast-away! Which, by the way, brings us to our next recipe.
Sweet Potato Breakfast is a string of words that we just can’t hear enough! Especially when in the form of a Breakfast Hash. If your potatoes are already cooked, this breakfast is fast and a crowd-pleaser. Start by frying up some bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once cooked, remove the bacon from the pan and add the potatoes plus any additional roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts or broccoli to crisp them up. Once that crispy goodness is restored, lower the heat to medium and add in shallots to caramelize. Next, add a bunch of kale and cook down slightly, remove from heat and add roughly chopped bacon, goat cheese, and top with some green onion. Top your hash with a fried egg and eat immediately! The yolk from the egg combined with the goat cheese and crunchy greens is a sure-fire way to start your day
For a vegetarian option, just omit the bacon and cheese and instead use some nutritional yeast and Gomasio for an added crunch.
Finally, a Sweet Potato Skillet is always a good idea for weeknight dinners! Start by setting your skillet to medium-high heat and drizzle olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil) in the pan. Cube your sweet potatoes and toss in the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Sauté for about 10 minutes until they reach a golden hue. Add ¼ yellow onion, 2-3 cloves of minced garlic, a pinch of salt, and freshly ground pepper. Incorporate pre-cooked or canned black beans and sweet corn. Cook until combined then remove from heat and finish with 3-4 tablespoons of our Greenjoy Tomato Blue Cheese Dressing. The blue cheese crumbles will add a creaminess that perfectly complements the tanginess of the tomatoes. This dish is great served family-style with the skillet in the center of the table. Fill your individual serving bowls with a cup of rice or quinoa and allow everyone to serve themselves. Top your bowl with herbs like cilantro, rosemary, chives, or fresh thyme.
These recipes are deliciously easy to make and bring a little variety to your kitchen during the week. Having a well-stocked herb garden makes it easy to add different flavors and textures to any vegetable or dish. Combined with our Greenjoy Dressings which are also great used as a marinade and dip, you can keep things interesting and delicious every night!
 AgMRC, Sweet Potatoes, 2018
 Doctor Oz, Foods You Must Buy Organic, 2020