Pumpkin treats get all the praise come fall, but sweet potato recipes are definitely worth your time this season, too—and the spuds are more versatile than you may think. With the right prep, you can toss them in everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
Sweet potatoes add warm flavors, tender textures, and lively colors to all kinds of dishes. The root vegetable is also loaded with nutrients, Natalie Rizzo, RD, author of Planted Performance: Easy Plant-Based Recipes, Meal Plans, and Nutrition for All Athletes, tells SELF. For example, they’re packed with fiber, which helps regulate your poop and stabilize your blood sugar, she explains. They’re also rich sources of beta-carotene, a pigment that gives them their orange hue and is responsible for making vitamin A in your body, Rhyan Geiger, RDN, founder of Phoenix Vegan Dietitian, tells SELF. That’s important, since the nutrient helps support your eye, hair, and skin health, Rizzo says. Eat just one cup of sweet potatoes, and you’ll more than meet your daily recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Sure, you can go the classic sweet potato casserole or pie route to bring the root vegetable to your table, but there are a whole bunch of other ways to use it, too. We’ve rounded up 51 tasty and creative sweet potato recipes that are perfect for meal prep, holiday side dishes, weeknight slow cooker dinners, or anything in between. So pull out your spuds or canned puree and get ready to test out some fun new ideas this season.