1st April 2014
How to cook sweet potatoes – Bariatric recipes
Sweet potatoes are a major player in the world of superfoods and an outstanding source of nutrients for bariatric patients. They provide much needed Vitamin C, calcium, potassium and can help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and combat a host of other ailments from colds to cataracts.
They’re delicious baked, roasted, steamed and mashed and can be found in your supermarket all year round. Here’s some great ways on how to cook sweet potatoes:
Make your own sweet potato chips. Spritz slices or wedges of sweet potato with low-fat spray and sprinkle with seasonings like herbs, pepper, Cajun seasoning or smoked paprika and bake in a hot oven for 30-40 minutes, turning once.
Prepare your own sweet potato mash. Much healthier than regular mash simply boil until tender then mash with seasonings such as cinnamon and nutmeg or add a handful of snipped fresh herbs like chives.
Roast cubes or small whole sweet potatoes alongside your Sunday roast so that they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Add herbs like fresh thyme and plenty of garlic and pepper for a moreish mouthful. Depending upon size these take about 40-45 minutes in a hot oven.
Use instead of regular potatoes in a hash or frittata mix. They work especially well with peppers, spring onions, red onion and bacon.
Or bake them as a gratin with onions, herbs and seasoning and moistened with either stock or low-fat milk. Baked in the oven for about 1 hour on a moderate setting they make a great side dish for grills, fish dishes and vegetarian dishes like quorn steaks.