10 Fave Sweet Potato Recipes

It felt so good to enjoy dinner at home with the fam last night, and bust out the pots and pans again.


Even if it was a simple meal (roasted veggies and Pilot-grilled chicken), it was perfect,  

especially with some vino (which sadly, they do not have at CR).


There are a few things that I always have to keep on hand in the house, along with red vino (you never know when company is going to stop by..). Here are the others on the list:




-salad greens


-almond butter (you can read about all of my favorites here– sadly just had to throw a recalled jar away)

-sweet potatoes

Sweet potato

If I have all of the above, I consider our kitchen stocked- everything else is just a bonus 😉

I’ve always preferred sweet potato over white -even though sometimes a white baked potato hits the spot- and started to experiment with different veggies featuring my favorite root veggie.

Here are some of my faves, plus ones that have caught my eye:


Sweet potato

1. Sweet potato goat cheese rounds: peel sweet potatoes, slice and bake (25 minutes at 375), then top with a mix of soft goat cheese, garlic, pinch of nutmeg, pepper, chives and bake for a few more minutes 

2. Sweet potato pasta. Don’t have a spiralizer? Try using a veggie peeler or julienne peeler to create long, noodle-y strands.

3. Sweet potato chipotle fries

4. Sweet potato burgers. I haven’t tried these, but they look AWESOME.

5. Sweet potato and black bean chili. An old favorite, especially going into the fall season

6. Sweet potato brownies. The starch gives an incredible fluffy texture- you won’t believe that sweet potato replaces much of the fat and sugars in traditional brownie recipes

7. Sweet potato cookies. A staple in our house- to keep portion control in check, I freeze them and defrost one when I want a sweet treat.

8. Smothered with almond butter and topped with sea salt. You have to try it… life-changing.

9. Sweet potato shepherd’s pie. I also haven’t tried this one, but have had my eye on it for a while. Love the fact that it’s an entire meal in one dish.

10. Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes. This is a great option for parties, since I can make it ahead and just bring it in the slow cooker. I love the little kick of spiciness (which is a BIG kick if I just make it for us at home), and am always asked for the recipe.

 Are you a sweet potato fanatic? What’s your favorite recipe? Feel free to link away!

Liv and Bell love sweet potatoes, too 🙂

Have a great day <3



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  1. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on September 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Absolutely love sweet potatoes and their versatility! My favorite way is to have them roasted into oven fries.

  2. Running Betty on September 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I am a sweet potato fanatic. I keep them in the office for a quick, microwavable lunch. Sometimes I’ll add my work-pantry basics, like peanut butter, raisins, cinnamon. Sometimes just plain.
    At home we bake sweet potato fries a lot, but my daughters don’t like them 🙁
    I’ll be sure to try some of these recipes! YUM!!

  3. Emily on September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I looooveeee shephards pie, it’s such a comfort food for me because my mom made it almost weekly when I was growing up. You totally need to get in on this. You can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you want (more veggies, no meat, etc)… but I never thought to make it using sweet potatoes! That’s so different and I can’t wait to try.

  4. Alanna on September 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m always confused by the whole sweet potato yam thing…crazy how many types there actually are!
    This site explains a bit, I found it helpful if anyone feels the same way I do!


    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      ohh thank you!

  5. Rochelle on September 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I LOVE sweet potatoes!!! I would eat them as part of every meal if I could, but unfortunately, one of my daughters don’t like them. I still make them sometimes as a side dish, or try to hide them in the food, and hope she can’t tell =)

    My favorite meal to make with sweet potatoes was based on this recipe:

    I switched out the kidney beans for black beans, used whole wheat tortillas, and used stone ground mustard for the “prepared mustard”. What I do is put the onion, soy sauce, mustard and other seasonings into a pot, mix in the beans, and heat. Then, in a pan, I prepare the sweet potatoes, mash them, and add some cinnamon. Then, spread the potato mixture onto a tortilla, top with beans, add cheese and then some shredded spinach. YUMMM! I think that’s my favorite meal EVER

    • Bonnie on September 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Omgoodness – that sounds delicious! I am so going to try this with your variations! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      that sounds fantastic

  6. Lacey @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery on September 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Literaly NEVER cooked anything with a sweet potato before! I guess now that I have all these recipes I will have to give it a go!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      it will change your life 😉

  7. Catherine on September 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Your Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili is one of my all time faves and I make it at least once a month. I’m expecting a little girl in December and am planning to make a bunch of freezer friendly meals as my due date gets closer. I’ll definately be making a big batch then.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      awww i’m so excited for you!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I’m posting another sweet potato recipe tomorrow but recently I made a coconut milk and red pepper soup with sweet potatoes that’s super easy and so good. I love all your ideas – can’t get enough sweet tater recipes!

  9. Staci on September 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I seriously love sweet potatoes, sometimes it gives me that sweet taste that I need to curb my dessert craving…(i said “sometimes” LOL)

  10. Sarah on September 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I love sweet potatoes too! My favorite is the Japanese sweet potato, which is white inside. I love the consistency of it.

    My little son LOVES his sweet potatoes too. We boil up a batch to use during the week. Right now I love them with homemade chicken gravy on top lol

  11. Simone on September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I am completely obsessed, I eat them almost everyday and am basically orange because of it (addicted, I think so!) …mainly I just love baking sweet potatoes and eating them with mashed avocado and sprinkled with salt and nutritional yeast, so good!

  12. Shelley @ Mile High Healthy on September 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    LOVE this post. If I have sweet potatoes, beans, and some sort of sauce (like green chili or salsa) I know I can have a delicious and fast meal. I also love a sweet potato smoothie made by blending 1/2 cooked/chilled potato, almond milk, spinach, brown rice protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and almond butter. So delicious! Sweet potatoes are a definite staple in my kitchen and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes out.

  13. nina on September 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Sweet potato/black bean burritos from the Moosewood Low-Fat Favorites cookbook–


    The filling takes a while to make, but they’re DELICIOUS. And they freeze incredibly well, too– then you can just microwave and enjoy!

  14. Alexa on September 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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  15. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on September 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I love all things sweet potato! My favorite recipe I make is sweet potato post workout muffins: http://www.cleanfoodcreativefitness.com/sweet-potato-raisin-post-workout-protein-muffins/
    Those sweet potato chocolate chip cookies sound amazing! You are so smart to freeze them because they would probably last a day in my house too!

  16. lisa on September 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Love sweet potatoes with almond butter! I have nearly finished a jar of the recalled almond butter…thankfully I haven’t gotten sick but I will take what’s left back and exchange for a new one.

  17. Laura @ She Eats Well on September 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I LOVE sweet potatoes. I just like to keep it simple. Roast them (until they get really really mushy) and then eat them steaming hot with some Earth Balance melted on top. So. Freaking. Good.

  18. Angie on September 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    LOVE sweet potatoes, my favorite is probably baked sweet potato fries with this garlic aioli at a restaurant. So simple yet so good.

  19. Lauren on September 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I think the almond butter idea could be my favorite on that list. I also ADORE the nutbutter encrusted sweet potato fries. I guess it’s the same concept.

  20. Kayla P on September 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, I can’t wait to try the sweet potato burgers! Those sound divine. Its a CRISIS at our house when we run out of sweet potatoes.

  21. Sarabell on September 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I just got a bunch of sweet potatoes and yams (which I usually cook just the same as sweet potatoes) so this is the most perfect timing for me!

  22. Kim on September 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I absolutely love sweet potatoes! I love them plain (baked) with cinnamon, a splash of splenda & a little butter. The way I’ve been eating them lately is to cut them into cubes & combine with a cubed apple, sprinkle generously with cinnamon (noticing a theme here), coat a dish with cooking spray, cover dish with foil & bake at 350 for 30 minutes give or take.

    So so so good! I’ve even converted my husband who used to be just a plain baked potato kind of guy!

  23. mary @ what's cookin with mary on September 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t have a link (yet), but last night I made what I was calling Taco Pasta. I used the left overs from the recipe I normally would use for making taco meat with ground turkey. I added some black beans the last couple minutes of cooking and then tossed in some left over sweet potatoes from Sunday’s bfast pot’s. Mixed it all together with some shredded goat cheddar. omg. so yum. Def going to make a quick pico de gallo for it next time. Casserole made from left overs = boom. Then you don’t even feel like you’re eating the same old thing re-heated.

  24. Stellina @ M Yogurt Addiction on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I love sweet potatoes!!! I really like them baked in the oven on as french fries!

  25. Deanna on September 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’m all about the twice baked sweet potato. I cheat by doing the first cooking in the microwave, then the second in the oven. I usually make them with chipotles, green onions, cheddar cheese and sour cream or greek yogurt. Bake at 350 until the everything is bubbly, then add some sliced avocado to the top and serve. Seriously heaven.

    Now I know what I’m having for lunch.

    • Deanna on September 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Oh, and for a mild version, smoked paprika in place of chipotles. Salsa is a good mix in too.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm


  26. Patti @ This Starts Tonight on September 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I like ’em baked with roasted garlic hummus. DIVINE. <—over-dramatic stage mom voice

  27. Katie on September 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I LOVE sweet potatoes and regular potatoes SOOO MUCH! (Must be that Irish blood 😉 )… I love putting hummus, avocado, and any other vegetable we have on hand on top of them. Sometime’s I’ll add either beans or lean beef if I’m feeling crazy. 🙂

  28. Dynamics on September 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I dehydrate sweet potatoes for Brooklyn. I slice them in long strips. Better for him than the horrible dog chews. I am experimenting with dehydrating them into chips with different herb blends for me.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      i should do that for bell- she’d love it

  29. Lauren @ Funky Monkey Embroidery on September 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Yum! I can always use more sweet potatoes in my life! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Omg I looovee sweet potatoes! I need to try the ones with goat cheese! Yum!

  31. kate on September 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    i love sweet potatoes roasted with diced apples, mashed with cinnamon, stevia + maple extra and then topped with pecan pieces. it’s almost dessert like it’s so sweet.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      ohhh that sounds wonderful

  32. Jen on September 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    We are a big sweet potato family! I usually keep the recipes very simple. Recently I started cooking them with coconut oil and sprinkling a little cinnamon on them. I’ll dice them up and saute them put them with some cooked kale as a side, and make extra to throw in a salad for the next day. I NEED to try the brownie recipe! That looks amazing.

    mmmm… The sweet potatoes in the fridge are calling my name! <3

  33. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on September 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Oh yes, I am a true sweet potato fanatic! I just love those babies… mashed, roasted, baked, you name it! Love these ideas!

  34. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Yum! Sweet potato is one of my favourite foods! Here are some of my fav recipes involving sweet potato: Healthy Tandoori Chicken Salad (http://sweatforsweets.net/2012/08/31/tasting-the-last-of-summer-healthy-tandoori-chicken-salad/), vegetarian fajitas (http://sweatforsweets.net/2012/04/17/i-think-im-obsessed-with-sweet-potatoes/) + beef and sweet potato tagine (http://sweatforsweets.net/2012/04/26/boom/)

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      amazing, thank you for sharing!

  35. Sarah Sadie on September 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This is crazy, but how do you keep your wine “fresh”? I just want a glass every now and then, but end up wasting 50% of the bottle if I don’t have people over to share with me!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      i’ll either buy the small bottles, or it will usually last 3 days- if tom and i each have a glass, we finish it

  36. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on September 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Lovely round up of tater recipes!! I can’t wait to get my haul and make some for dinner 🙂

  37. Carrie R. on September 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I absolutely love the AB and sea salt idea. Sounds amazing…!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      it’s sooooo good

  38. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve got sweet potato shepherd’s pie on the meal plan for next week! Definitely exciting for that, it sounds so good!

  39. Errign on September 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the head’s up about the recall – I had one of the TJ’s peanut butters in my fridge (two jars! 🙁 ) that I chucked!

  40. Julie on September 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Chipotle sweet potato fries are my favorite!

  41. Alexis @ Hummusapien on September 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’m dying to try those sweet potato chocolate chunk cookies! For some odd reason I’ve never combined sweet potatoes and chocolate. I’d have to say my fave sweet tater recipes is spicy sweet potato fries….so simple but crazy good.

  42. katie P on September 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Hi GIna,
    My family always makes our shepherds pie with sweet potatoes, we add some roasted garlic and chives into the potato mix and broil it to perfection!!! YUM 🙂

  43. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love sweet potatoes (but who doesn’t?!)! I’m happy just to roast one up with olive oil and salt, and eat it like that. But I also love using them in my black bean and sweet potato soup! http://onehealthymunchkin.blogspot.ca/2012/03/black-bean-and-sweet-potato-soup.html

  44. Diana on September 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I love sweet potatoes! I can eat them everyday, especially roasted with a little olive oil, sage and a dash of sea salt.

  45. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on September 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Love this collection of recipes for sweet potatoes..I have a couple in the pantry now I was thinking of simply baking them and topping with a little Greek yogurt, but now I want to try them with almond butter! Sounds right up my alley. I’ve been eyeing those same burgers too…

  46. Jessica on September 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

    thank you thank you for sharing my burgers!

  47. Iris Lee on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    My favorite part of getting home after a trip is always being back in the kitchen!! 🙂 I really want to try all those sweet potato recipes now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  48. The Fit Girls Dish on September 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    OK now I am REALLY craving sweet potatoes! I wonder if mushing them into a face mask is acceptable..? haha!

  49. Nic on June 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve been chowing down on the simplest sweet potato recipe ever and it’s awesome. Just halve the sweet potato, smother with coconut oil and sea salt and roast it cut half down. It blew my mind it was so good.

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      LOVE sweet potato and coconut oil!

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