I consider sweet potatoes and yams to be super foods! They are so good for you that we eat them all year long. I've provided a link for you at the bottom of this post which lists the nutrional values ~ if you're unfamiliar with these facts then I think you'll be surprised.
Back to the topic at hand, I was pleased as punch when Costco got their large boxes in stock for the Holidays. We keep them in the bottom of our darkened pantry so they stay good for a very long time. I've included a traditional recipe as well as my super easy healthier version...and seriously, consider eating sweet potatoes/yams all year long.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
2 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large saucepan cook sweet potatoes in salted water over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, until done. Drain, and add orange juice, brown sugar, nutmeg and butter. Whip until smooth. Spread into a medium size casserole dish and top with marshmallows.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.
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Marie's Super Easy Sweet Potatoes
2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons nonfat milk
1/4 cup Splenda© granular or organic sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (depending on your liking)
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
Place cubed sweet potatoes in microwave safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for approx. 8 minutes or until potatoes are softened.
Mash sweet potatoes with masher and then blend in remaining ingredients (I use a KitchenAid mixer) until fluffy. You may wish to put into a oven safe serving dish with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top...keep warm in oven until meal is ready.
Super food facts! http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-sweet-potatoes.html