Thursday, 10 April 2008

Baked Sweet Potatoes...

Now we have all heard of jacket potatoes... but have you ever tried the same process with a sweet potato? I find they compliment a salad delightfully as they are much lighter in texture than your usual Jacket Potato and have added health benefits.

RECIPE: Baked Sweet Potato, dressed with Tuna in a Dijon dressing, on a bed of fresh leaf salad served with carrot batons and celery sticks.

You will need:

2 sweet potatoes
1 bag of leaf salad
Carrot Batons
2 Celery Sticks
1 can Tuna
1 dessert spoon of light mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of pepper

To Make:

1. Simple take one sweet potato and wash it thoroughly

2. Prick the skin a few times with a sharp utensil

3. Put it in the microwave and cook for 7-10 minutes...

4. Prepare a fresh bowl of green salad

5. Add to it some pickled onions and green olives for flavour

6. Then place some thin carrot sticks around the outside of the dish

7. Place the sweet potato onto the salad

I served mine with some low fat cream cheese instead of shavings of cheese, however you could fill it with the usual toppings of tuna, baked beans, chilli, prawns anything that doesn't spoil the health benefits of the sweet potato.
The Benefits:

Sweet potatoes are one of the unsung heroes of our balanced diets.

You get so many nutrients from this fabulous vegetable as they contain carotenoidss these help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin.

This can ultimately help with your metabolism.

This starchy vegetable will keep your tummy full for hours without making you feel bloated. All the calories in a sweet potato are fat-free, plus its fiber content is really good for you.

Sweet potatoes are also rich in potassium and vitamin C; a small potato provides almost half the daily allowance.

So try adding some to your diet!

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