One great and versatile food full of protein is hummus. Make it even more versatile by trying out this recipe for sweet potato hummus.
“The Vitamin A Sweet Potato”
The nutritional value of the sweet potato is unbeatable! It is rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins B-5 and B-6 and manganese. It also carries an enormous amount of vitamin A, depending on the brightness of the orange center. In some cases, one sweet potato provides up to 90 percent of the daily value of vitamin A! All these extra vitamins are great to stock up on when entering the cold, sickly months of winter. Stay healthy this season with an abundance of sweet potatoes in your diet.
Origin of the Sweet Potato
Odds are you tried a sweet potato-dish at some point in your life (unless you are a picky eater or have dietary restrictions). It is a common addition to diets during the fall and winter. The sweet potato is a large, starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable that has been around for thousands of years. It is native to Central America or South America, where the tropical climates and sufficient water supply support its growth. It grows in more temperate conditions, such as the northern United States and parts of China. Most of Vermont sweet potatoes grow regionally.
Bringing it to Your Table
The sweet potato can be prepared and enjoyed in many ways. It can be cut and fried into sweet potato fries, baked whole, boiled, steamed, and even mashed to compliment a popular fall dessert. The list goes on and on of delicious ways to bring sweet potatoes to your table and into your diet.
It also pairs well with certain condiments and spices like butter and brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, too. You can also add it to any meal with meat or other vegetables, or any dish where you are looking to add a little sweetness. Yum!
Sweet Potato Hummus
- 2medium sweet potatoes
- 3Tbspolive oil
- 115-oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3cloves garlic, peeled
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2tspsmoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake sweet potatoes in a baking dish for 45-60 minutes, until cooked through and tender.
- As sweet potatoes cool, add other ingredients to a food processor. Once sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove skin and add flesh to other ingredients.
- Process until smooth, and serve! Hummus can be topped with a sprinkle of cayenne, if desired.
For more on sweet potatoes, including recipes, book recommendations, and fun activities for kids, check out the Vermont Harvest of the Month website.
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