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22 Sweet Potato Recipes That Are Healthy and Flavorful

Who doesn’t love sweet potatoes?

<p>Victor Protasio</p>

Victor Protasio

When it comes to preparing a healthy meal, you can of course dig into a boring salad or whip up a bland piece of chicken, but if you’re looking for something a bit more flavorful, it’s time to add sweet potatoes to your grocery list. The vibrant orange tubers are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, and while you can eat them solo, they also pair well with other healthy foods, like kale, chickpeas, farro, and more. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of sweet potato recipes that are healthy, packed with flavor, and easy to make. Here, you’ll find dishes like Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, Smoky-Sweet Potato Burgers, and others that don’t disappoint. Keep reading for more!

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Vegetarian Tacos With Sweet Potatoes and Corn

As vegetarians know, tacos don't need meat to be delicious. For this healthy, meat-free taco recipe, flour tortillas are filled with a zesty vegetable and tofu mixture that includes chili powder-dusted corn and sweet potatoes. You'll also find taco staples like shredded cheese and store-bought salsa.

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Slow-Cooker Beef and Noodle Curry

<p>Fred Hardy</p>

Fred Hardy

In this healthy slow cooker recipe, a jar of red curry paste clings to chunks of stew meat, like chuck or round. You’ll also find sweet potato and onion here, which mingle with finishing ingredients like basil, coconut milk, and fresh lime juice. Once the spicy curry is complete, serve it over rice noodles with a shower of fresh basil for good measure, and dig in.

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Chickpea-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

Need more protein in your diet? Whip up these vegetarian chickpea-stuffed sweet potatoes topped with a dollop of seasoned Greek yogurt. The chickpeas are flavored with a spicy cinnamon and cumin combo, as well as flat-leaf parsley and chives. This healthy meal comes together in an hour, and is made mostly with ingredients you likely already have on hand.

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Farro Bowl With Pomegranate Vinaigrette

<p>CAITLIN BENSEL</p>

CAITLIN BENSEL

This hearty grain bowl includes nutty farro, caramelized sweet potato, crisp fennel, and salty feta. The healthy meal comes together courtesy of a pomegranate vinaigrette that takes everything to the next level. If you’re especially hungry, serve this as a side with roast chicken or grilled salmon.

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Smoky Turkey Chili

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

Feed a crowd with this smoky chili that features ingredients you’ll often find in Mexican cuisine, such as tomatillos, poblano peppers, and even a pinch of cinnamon. The chili is also made with a mix of beans, corn, and sweet potato, which round out this healthy yet comforting meal. If you've got leftovers, stash them in the freezer, then defrost them for the next game-day meal.

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Red Curry Veggie Tart

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

Shortcut ingredients like frozen puff pastry, frozen broccoli, and frozen peas help get this meal on the table in just 45 minutes. Red curry paste and canned coconut milk provide a flavorful base for the tart, while lime zest and parsley act as delicious toppings.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Chipotle-Black Bean Chili

Antonis Achilleos
Antonis Achilleos

Roasted sweet potatoes are delicious, healthy, and a cinch to make. To upgrade the versatile tubers, follow this recipe and top a tender sweet potato with vegetarian chili made with canned black beans, adobo sauce, and more. Garnish the quick chili with classic fixins’ like sour cream, pickled jalapeños, and fresh cilantro, and enjoy!

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Maple Sweet Potatoes With Spicy Pecan Praline

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

If you can't decide between sweet and savory, give this recipe a whirl. Sweet potato wedges are coated with a pepper-infused, buttery maple glaze, then showered with cayenne- and lime-flecked candied pecans. While this dish is a no-brainer for Thanksgiving, it also works as an elegant dinner party side dish.

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Chimichurri Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Antonis Achilleos
Antonis Achilleos

This lighter take on a standard hamburger and fries calls for a chicken burger topped with melted Cheddar cheese and an herby chimichurri. On the side you’ll find oven-baked sweet potato fries, which are healthier and more flavorful than regular fries.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes With Feta Butter

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

Yes this recipe has the word “butter” in it, but it only calls for about a tablespoon per person, which isn’t much. Plus, you can count on plenty of nutrients from the sweet potato, feta cheese, and the colorful kale and cabbage salad served alongside the main event. 

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

In this simple sheet pan recipe, chicken legs are roasted alongside nutritious sweet potato pieces and smoky bacon bits. After about 25 minutes, the chicken comes out with delicious crispy skin, which pairs well with the crisp, salty bacon, as well as the crunchy, peppery watercress salad you can serve on the side.

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Black Bean Tostadas With Sweet Potato and Poblanos

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

This easy recipe comes together in just 35 minutes and is packed with heart-healthy ingredients, like cabbage, black beans, sweet potatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs. Crema ties it all together, and if you want to add even more richness (and protein), top it off with a crumble of cotija cheese.

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Smoky-Sweet Potato Burgers

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Sure, you can buy pre-made veggie burgers at the grocery store, but meat-free patties are surprisingly easy to make yourself. In this recipe, you'll combine sweet potato, beans, oats, and chia seeds to create the base, and toss in a bit of chipotle chili to add a ton of smoky flavor. Make a few extra patties and freeze ‘em so you’ll always have dinner in a pinch.

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Sweet Potato and Kale Tortilla Soup

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Chunks of sweet potato and bunches of healthy kale comprise the bulk of this perfectly spiced tortilla soup. Go ahead and keep it vegetarian if you wish, but we’re partial to adding some leftover rotisserie chicken to the mix for even more protein and flavor. Serve with your favorite toppings like radishes, avocado, and cilantro, and don’t skimp on the crunchy tortilla strips that go directly into the broth.

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Zucchini and Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes, but in this recipe using the microwave saves cooking time, meaning you can have this fiber-packed meal on the table in just 20 minutes. While the potato is cooking, the black bean filling comes together on the stove.

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Spiced Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio Dukkah

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Pureed sweet potato is the hearty and healthy base of this soup, but it’s the pistachio-seed dukkah—a Middle Eastern nut, seed, and spice blend—that really takes this meal to the next level. Not only does the topping add more flavor and texture, but it’s also a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

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Seeded Miso Sweet Potato Bread

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

If you’re searching for a healthy bread recipe, we suggest you bookmark this page ASAP. Here, there’s a full sweet potato folded into the dough, as well as a heap of gut-friendly miso for savory umami flavor, and plenty of antioxidant-rich pumpkin seeds. Serve this nutritious loaf with a dollop of jam or almond butter for a satiating snack.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

What’s better than baking a sweet potato once? Baking it twice. And the deliciousness of this dish doesn’t end there. Each potato is topped with pinto beans, avocado, pepitas, and Monterey Jack cheese. In addition to the nutrients you get from the sweet potato, the avocado provides healthy fats, and the pinto beans pack in the protein.

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Molasses and Chile Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

One of the many things we love about sweet potatoes is that they can handle bold, strong flavors. Here, sweet potato wedges are drizzled with a spicy-sweet mixture made with molasses, jalapeño slices, apple cider vinegar, and mustard. The recipe calls for pungent stone-ground mustard, but if you can’t find that, Dijon mustard works too.

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes With Coconut and Kale

Ready in just 30 minutes, this healthy meal pairs sweet potatoes with kale cooked in a rich and spicy coconut sauce, flavored with lime juice and fragrant curry powder, as well as sweet toasted coconut. What’s more? The hearty filling of the sweet potato is flavored with grapefruit juice, butter, and allspice for maximum enjoyment.

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Quinoa With Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Pesto

Anna Williams
Anna Williams

With 14 grams of protein per serving, this vegetarian meal is one you’ll want to make again and again. You’ll find plenty of quinoa, sweet potato chunks, pieces of kale, pesto, and toasted walnuts. You can pair this with a piece of grilled chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken if you like, but it’s certainly satiating in its own right.

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Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple

Christina Holmes
Christina Holmes

Who says sweet potato doesn’t belong in a salad? This recipe proves otherwise, as sweet potato pieces are tossed with kale, chopped apple, and almonds. The whole healthy meal is tied together with a tangy mustard vinaigrette you’ll want to drizzle on just about everything.

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