How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato is one of those foods I sadly didn’t grow up with. I had nothing but white potato and didn’t really care much for it. In my early twenties I got on a kick where I would buy things in the produce section I had NO clue what to do with it, but I was determined to learn.

I’m so grateful I did this as one of those gems I gained from that is the most delicious sweet potato. I couldn’t believe how sweet and creamy this food was and that I never even had it before! It is now a regular staple in my home, so much so that I have to cut it back a bit when I notice my son’s nose turn a little orange!

Try not to get stuck in the marshmallowy sweet dish you see at Thanksgiving, there are many other ways this food can be prepared such as many savory dishes, and everything from pies to fries!

Here’s how to bake a Sweet Potatoe

Availability of Sweet Potato

Year round, but they’re at their best from October through March.

How to Choose the Best Sweet Potato

Look over the potato and avoid any that have sunken in depressions. These are the first signs of rot. Also avoid any that have well-developed eyes beginning to sprout. They should feel very heavy and firm.

Prepare Sweet Potato

Here’s a great trick for easy peeling:

To peel a boiled sweet potato, just drain off the hot water and immediately submerge them in cold water.

Always use a stainless steel or ceramic knife when cutting a sweet potato; a Carbon steel knife will react with the flesh and cause it to darken. Same thing for your pans!

How to Store Sweet Potato

The best temperature for storing your Paleo sweet potatoes is in the 50s—warmer than the refrigerator and cooler than room temperature. An unheated garage or basement or a cool, dark cabinet or pantry is ideal. If stored properly, they’ll last three to six months. Otherwise, only buy as many as you can eat in a week or two.

How to Cook Sweet Potato

These potatoes can be cooked in a variety of ways to cash in on their heavenly sweetness. Here are a few traditional ways to enjoy them:

  • Baked- Pierce with a fork, place on a dish or foil, and bake at 400° F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Grilled- One inch slices may be grilled for 10 minutes.
  • Boiled- One inch slices into 2″ boiling water for 12 minutes.
  • Sautéed- Toss diced potatoes in a Paleo oil for 10 minutes.

Paleo Sweet Potato Fries

Crunchy Every Time Fries-

  • Cut into 1/4″ pieces, cover them with Arrow root powder, then a touch of olive oil and your favorite spices.
  • Make sure your fries have lots of space on the cookie sheet, otherwise they’ll steam instead of bake making them mushy. Cook at 400° F for 15 minutes, flip and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven, crack the door, and allow them to sit for 30 minutes. This will help them to become crispier!

Alternatives to Sweet Potato

Try carrots, parsnips, beets, radish, plantains, butternut squash, pumpkin, and acorn squash all as reasonable substitutes to sweet potato. They all cook into a creamy, starchy carbohydrate that is flexible in a variety of dishes.

Nutrition Facts of Sweet Potato

One medium (2″ dia, 5″ long, raw) (114g) sweet potato, baked in skin is 103 calories with 2g of protein. It has an estimated glycemic load of 10. The caloric ratio is 93% carbs, 1% fats, and 6% protein. This Paleo food is moderately anti-inflammatory with an inflammation factor of 216.

This Paleo food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese.

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