I enjoy starting my day with a healthy breakfast, which usually consists of oats, quinoa, plant-based yogurt, avocado toast, or smoothies. But my family's favorite breakfast is on Sunday morning when we have our "special breakfast" together. Since my kids were little, we would all wake up to make and enjoy this meal together. It would consist of eggs (scrambled, fried, omelet, frittata), sautéed veggies, fresh fruit, and either pancakes, crepes, or Sweet Potato Waffles!
This is incredibly delicious in the fall and winter months when we get farm-fresh sweet potatoes. Since this has become a favored breakfast treat, I usually have canned sweet potatoes as a backup for the days I can't get to the market. It still tastes delicious, but fresh sweet potatoes are best!
Are sweet potatoes healthier than white potatoes?
All potatoes are nutrient-dense but are lower in calories and carbohydrates than the average spud. They are also higher in vitamin A and antioxidants that help boost your immunity and helps you maintain healthy skin and vision.
White Potatoes are lower in fat and sugar but sweet potatoes are lower in calories and carbs. And while sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A and vitamin C, white potatoes contain more protein and fiber.
My conclusion is you can't go wrong having both of them in your diet. I am a believer in all foods in moderation!
What season is best to buy sweet potatoes?
I'm not an expert on potatoes, but I've read that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of varieties of sweet potatoes worldwide. We can buy them in the United States year-round, but their peak season is in the winter months.
How to you clean & store sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are best kept in a cool, dark place but do not refrigerate them. They may last longer this way, but it will create a hard center and unpleasant-tasting flesh. It's ok to keep them in a bowl on your kitchen counter if using within two weeks. But, if they start to sprout, use them as soon as possible. Just scrape out the sprouts and cook!
Hint: Best storage for potatoes is in a paper or mesh bag, stored somewhere cool like a basement or pantry.
Another excellent storage tip is to cook them either whole, sliced, or diced and then freeze the potatoes for up to 1 year. Don't forget to label them with a storage date.
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Sweet Potato Waffles with Berries is a healthy and delicious breakfast treat that even the pickiest eaters will love. You won't want to skip this for breakfast!
1 large sweet potato (1/2 cup boiled and mashed)
3 eggs, whisked
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tbsp cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp maple granules or light brown sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup maple syrup
- Peel the sweet potato. Cut into large cubes and place in a small pot covered with water. Boil until fork tender - about 20 minutes.
- Drain water. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potatoes and measure for the amount needed. Place the leftover potato aside.
- In the bowl, combine sweet potatoes, eggs, almond milk, and butter. (If the butter is warm, add it to the milk first and then stir in.)
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until moistened - do not over stir.
- Heat waffle maker. Coat with neutral cooking oil spray. Pour batter and cook. A more extended cooking setting is recommended for the waffle to cook through for firmness.
- Heat maple syrup. Serve with berries on top and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Vegan version: You can make substitutions with recipe ingredients to be vegan and gluten-free. Switch out the butter for oil (or apple sauce); egg with a vegan egg substitute; flour with a gluten-free flour mix.
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