Anna is a mother of two young children, is passionate about cuisine and previously worked as a Head Chef.
Everyone Loves Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables. They are not only one of the most versatile foods I know of (go on - try to think of something they wouldn't go well in or with), they are also incredibly good for you.
Usually foodstuffs that taste this good are Of food groups that you know you should limit - crisps, chocolates etc etc... But recently, I have been losing weight and gaining important vitamins and nutrients simply by adding the humble sweet potato to my dinner plate more often. Let me rave on about how great sweet potatoes are for just one more minute (promise!)
Did you ever hear about the Paleo diet? I hadn't heard if it until my mother started abiding by it religiously. Basically, it is a way of life which involves cutting out ALL processed food. If you couldn't eat it in caveman times, those following a Paleo diet won't eat it! Amazing, right? The thing is, my mum has heart problems and also MS and she was desperate for a way to combat her fatigue and different physiological problems. The Paleo diet has been a God send - she is brighter, happier and healthier than I have seen her in a long time, and sweet potato wedges are one of the many delicious things that are excellent in terms of health benefits (more on that later). I would recommend this dish to EVERYONE. It is cheap, delicious, nutritious and filling without being fatty... In fact a serving of these gorgeous wedges contains less than 100 calories. So go on - give them a go!
If You Are Interested
Health Benefits of Eating Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are an explosion of tasty, nutritional goodness! Everyone knows that to remain healthy, humans need a good dose of vitamins and minerals which can be obtained through foods, one of which is vitamin B6, which has been proven to reduce Homocysteine - a chemical within our bodies which has been linked to numerous degenerative diseases.
They are an excellent source of vitamin C. This is a crucial health element for this wanting to remain healthy as it is needed in order for the body to absorb the equally important vitamin D. A lack of either of these essential vitamins is very bad news indeed!
Eating sweet potatoes helps you maintain a youthful look! It's true! As mentioned above, they are packed full of vitamin C which helps our skin stay oxygenated and "elastic" - meaning, ultimately that it staves off ageing.
If you are feeling stressed out, anxious or tired, sweet potatoes are a wonder-food. They contain high levels of magnesium which boosts our energy levels and combats stress and anxiety. If you've had a really tough day at the office, I recommend an extra helping of sweet potatoes and a long soak in the bath - that'll get you back on track!
So the humble sweet potato may not seem so humble now! Yet another health benefit (if you really need more convincing) is the fact they are full of iron. Iron is another essential part of our bodies balancing act as it is needed to combat stress, boost our immune systems and aid in white blood cell production.
Eating sweet potatoes helps your entire system, including the heart, arteries, blood, bones, muscles, nerves and other vital organs and even if this isn't something you are concerned with, they taste amazing and are cheap and versatile. I hope this inspires you to eat more of them!
I first came across these recently when my mother (who is following the Paleo diet), made me some with lunch one weekend. They were so delicious that I made some for my fiancÃ© the next evening. We now have them at least twice every week.
The best part? They are virtually fat free!
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- 2 sweet potatoes (one per person)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and pepper
Did You Know...?
White potatoes don't count towards your 5 a day - but sweet potatoes do!
- First, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
- Peel and wash the sweet potatoes
- Chop them into halves lengthways and then continue to chop these halves into wedge shapes
- In a food bag or bowl, mix together the herbs and seasoning, add the oil and combine well
- Add the sweet potato wedges
- Shake the bag or mix in the bill until each wedge is well coated in oil and seasoning
- Spread out evenly onto a baking tray and put into the oven to bake for 40 minutes. It is vital that the wedges are given enough space and do not overlap - if they are too close together they will steam, which results in soggy wedges!
Dogs Love Them Too You Know!
Sweet Potato Wedges Make Excellent Children's Snacks
My toddler, aged 2 now, absolutely adores these wedges and they are flavoursome and sweet enough that your children probably won't smother them in ketchup (great news for those of us who are trying to cut back on the calories without cutting back on flavour).
I would LOVE to hear from you if you try (and enjoy) this recipe! So please drop me a comment if you share my love of sweet potato wedges.
© 2014 Anna
What is Your Favourite Sweet Potato Recipe?
Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on October 17, 2016:
I love sweet potatoes, thanks for another delicious way to prepare them Anna!
Rose Jones on November 29, 2015:
Sweet potatoes are healthy and delicious!
Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on August 14, 2014:
I will have to give this recipe a try, they look so yummy.
Lorna from USA on August 01, 2014:
We prefer sweet potato, it is better for you. Your recipe looks so good. I would like to try that.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 28, 2014:
Sweet potato is not very known in our country, but it is becoming more and more popular.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on July 27, 2014:
Oh, my family would love these sweet potato wedges! Thank you for the recipe and directions to make them. I will definitely make them for "the boys" in our house.
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on July 26, 2014:
P.S. I'm the Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods Contributor on Squidoo and have a FB page where I share favorite recipes and tips from Squidoo. I just featured this recipe there as Recipe of the Day. You can see it at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=...
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on July 26, 2014:
That is really, really hard to say. I like them so many ways! Plain, mashed, chunked, roasted and in all kinds of soups, stews and stir-fry, so this is a hard one. Perhaps the way we prepare them in our slow cooker (that one's here on Squidoo), then mash them and serve them with a teeny bit of butter. Oh wait, but I love them with kale and white potatoes too (See my Pommes de terre with kale recipe.) I did try to participate in your duel, but as so often happens, the submit button didn't work.
Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on July 25, 2014:
Congratulations on winning LOTD, anna-hofman-98! I LOVE sweet potato wedges!
Fay Favored from USA on July 25, 2014:
I don't have one, but do like them. Congratulations on LotD. Tried to answer your questions but the modules wouldn't let me.
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 25, 2014:
I love sweet potato fries and chips, but have never made them myself. Thanks for this recipe! Congratulations on LotD!
Wedge Antilles from Mount Vernon, WA on July 25, 2014:
Other than as fries, it is a very old sweet potato casserole from Colonial Williamsburg call something like King's Arms Sweet Potato Casserole: other than it being different from traditional candied sweet potatoes/yams, there are NO no marshs. in any shape, size or form to be found- which I hate. It is a really great way to to prepare them and if anyone is interested in having the recipe, you can email me @ RogueLeaderNRSFC@gmail.com and I am more than happy to send it to you.
By the way, I forgot to add: GREAT Lens and congratulations on LOTD.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on July 25, 2014:
In my country, sweet potatoes are called "kamote". We like eating them glazed. Congrats on the Lens of the Day!
ChocolateLily on July 25, 2014:
This is my kind of lens of the day! Congratulations!!!! I love to bake them, and then mash them with a little salt and butter. I also like sweet potato fries...and sweet potatoes just about any other way. These wedges sound amazing! I will have to try them.
Ean Brandon from United States on July 25, 2014:
Congrats on the Lens of the day! What an accomplishment!
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on July 25, 2014:
Congratulations of Lens of the Day! These look delish! I will definitely give them a try. My grand pup LOVES sweet potato treats too.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 25, 2014:
@SusanDeppner: Back to congratulate you on Lens of the Day honors today! Woo-hoo!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2014:
I enjoy making sweet potatoes the same way as you do except I add a hot pepper spice or garlic to the mix.
Richard from Hampshire - England on July 25, 2014:
Sweet potato wedges always make a great side dish. I do prefer them to ordinary potatoes. Congrats on lotd!
Anna (author) from chichester on July 25, 2014:
Oo sweet potato chips sound great! I'll be sure to give those a try :) thank you for the kind comments!
PaigSr from State of Confusion on July 25, 2014:
They are not fries but I just picked up a bag of sweet potato chips for the wife last night. When it comes to the fries it depends on what they will be served with. But at this point we did not have a direct recipe for them. We do now, thanks. And finally a tasty way to receive L0tD.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 22, 2014:
My daughter-in-law's recipe for sweet potato fries is my favorite. Love that Paleo is so popular - we've found some really great recipes!