Spiced Sweet Potato Rounds

How do you feel about persnickety recipes?

You know—the ones that require extra time because they have a special presentation and/or taste. Some people love fiddling around, but I’m not one of them. Life is short, I say, and I refashion recipes to make them less finicky.*

Interesting to make, fun to serve, and delicious!

So…what exactly was the siren call that prompted this creation? Well, we were having a guest for dinner, but I’d really chalk it up to my love for sweet potatoes as compared to white potatoes: their taste, their lower WW points, and their **lower glycemic index (important for those of us who are pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes). Plus the presentation intrigued me.

And, I’m happy to report, these rounds are truly keepers! Bite down. First, you hit the sweet crunch of sugar mixed with a complementary hot spiciness. Yum! Then you’re into the creamy sweetness of the potato itself. Yum, yum! By the way, I did sprinkle these with green onions, which happily added to the crunch and complex flavour of the topping, but only just before serving and, alas, there was no time for a photo.

Oh, and they look very impressive, don’t you think?

*Want to make a really easy version of this recipe? You could add the spices to mashed sweet potatoes or make a Spiced Sweet Potato Bean Bake with Green Onions for a low-cal lunch or snack.

**Want to know more about the nutritional value of sweet potatoes? “Are Sweet Potatoes Just Orange-Colored Regular Potatoes?“is a great article.

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Creamy Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

Thanksgiving brings one’s thoughts around to sweet potatoes…at least, it does mine.  I have to admit, however, that my family is split on the issue.  On one side we have the sweet potato lovers; on the other side, we have those who would rather skip them altogether, if you don’t mind.  Well, what do they know anyway? I am firmly in the sweet-potato-lover camp…three times over.

  • First, I love the taste.
  • Second, I love their nutritional value.  According to Nutritiondata.self.com, sweet potatoes are low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol…a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese.
  • Third, I love the fact that, because of their high fiber content, sweet potatoes score lower in point value than regular potatoes in the Weight Watchers program.  More food, less guilt!

So…what’s not to like?  Especially in this easy-to-make dish, where sweet potatoes are blended with soft goat cheese and spiced with cinnamon and ginger. Continue reading