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My Son’s Favorite Recipe: Sa-weet Sweet Potatoes

October 23, 2012 by  
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by Mommy MD Guide Jennifer Hanes, DO

In this yummy dish, sweet potatoes move from merely a side dish to healthy, delicious dessert. The flavors blend for a treat to satisfy any sweet tooth—even kiddos!


  • 2 sweet potatoes 2@$0.79
  • 1 large apple 1@1.06
  • Slivered almonds $2.23
  • Powdered cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper (optional for adults, omit when making for children)
  • Canola oil 1 tablespoon
  • Total time: 2 hours to cook, 5 minutes to prep
  • Total cost: $4.87
  • Serves 4
  • Price per serving: $1.22

Wash the sweet potatoes. Cover the bottom of a slow-cooker with about ½ cup water (about 1/2 cup) and place the washed potatoes in the pot. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. (This technique is easy and does not require heating the often or using the microwave for 20 minutes. The skin peels off very easily.)

When the potatoes are soft, remove them and allow them to cool for a few minutes before peeling. While they cool, heat the oil over low heat in a sauce pan. When heated, add the slivered almonds and lightly toast. Turn off the burner but leave them in the pan to stay warm while you prepare the dish. Cut the apple into small pieces.

Remove the skin from the potatoes and place in a medium sized bowl. Mash the potatoes using a fork or electric mixer. As you mash them, sprinkle in the cinnamon and cayenne pepper to taste.

Place the potatoes on the dessert plate and top with the apple bits and warm slivered almonds. Enjoy your amazing and healthy dessert!

Food is medicine: The cinnamon is great to stabilize blood sugar while the cayenne pepper helps speed metabolism. The sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A (one cup has 700 percent of the RDA) and a full 7 grams of fiber to keep you full longer.

Bio: Dr. Jennifer Hanes is a nationally recognized, board-certified physician in Austin, Texas. She has lost more than 70over seventy pounds, without pills or surgery, and she outlines those secrets in her upcoming book, The Princess Plan (Nov 2012). You can learn more at www.DrHanes.com


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