Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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The other day Skoogie and I were playing restaurant. I was the waitress and she was ordering. As she was looking at the menu she asked for some white long things. I replied, “Would you like some French fries?” She replied, “Yes, French fries.” As I was getting the order ready, I thought to myself, should I be concerned that my four year old doesn’t know the word for French fries? Words don’t always come to Skoogie, so I’m always watchful of this kind of thing… but I decided… no it is okay. She knows beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, corn, salad (for lettuce and other greens), kale, zucchini, beets, pumpkins, onions, garlic, peas, celery, tomatoes, potatoes and her favorite of all sweet potatoes. That’s quite a long list… it’s fine with me if French fries aren’t at the tip of her tongue!

When I asked Skoogie what I should say about vegetables she wanted me to share her favorite way of eating sweet potatoes…oven roasted. She prefers yams, which are more orange in color, but any variety will do.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Simply cut 2-3 Yams into ½-3/4 inch cubes, toss with 1-2 T butter or olive oil and roast for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees until golden, stirring occasionally.

A few nutritional notes: Sweet Potatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Antioxidants. Cooked sweet potatoes taste sweeter than cooked "white" potatoes, which would make you think sweet potatoes contain more sugar. The opposite is true. In fact , sweet potatoes are about twice as high in dietary fiber as regular white potatoes. The higher amount of fiber slows down digestion and the release of sugar into the body.

Here are a few of Skoogie’s favorite vegetables books:

Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French

Oliver will only eat French Fries until he discovers other treasures in his grandfather’s garden. Ahhh, the magic of a garden!

Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre

Read along with catchy verses like: Yum a Yam, and Rah, rah, radishes, red and white! Carrots are calling. Take a bite!

Vegetables by Sara Anderson

We started reading this book when the kids were toddlers but the bold colors and artwork keep bringing us back!

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

We love Grace Lin books, especially her illustrations. This was her first children’s book and portrays a girl who wishes they could grow flowers like all the neighbors instead of ugly vegetables.

For other great children’s books featuring vegetables visit the Books We’ve Read section of the blog.

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