When I was a young girl, my Aba (father) would tell me that sweet potatoes were nature’s candy. He would also tell me that sweet potatoes are best when cooked right in their skin. I couldn’t imagine how anyone could compare a root vegetable to candy and why anyone would be interested in preparing sweet potatoes in their ruddy skin.
Now, I finally get it. Aba is right. Sweet potatoes are nature’s candy. And, there are real health benefits to preparing sweet potatoes, especially without peeling them frst.
Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and contain significant levels of potassium, iron, vitamin B-6 as well as vitamins E and C. They are a good source of fiber when eaten unpeeled. They are delicious and nutritious.
This is a very simple and delicious recipe, perfect for a weeknight side dish.
3-4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 teaspoon oil
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
Cube sweet potatoes. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle lightly with salt, garlic and cinnamon. Bake uncovered in center of oven for 60 to 90 minutes. Sweet potato cubes should be firm and a bit chewy on the outside and soft on the inside.