November 17, 2021

Sweet Potato Uses Beyond Thanksgiving


After a big Thanksgiving feast, the leftovers can get a bit predictable after a few days—turkey sandwiches, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole or pie, etc.

You can, however, let your creative juices fly with some leftover ingredients, including one of the biggest Thanksgiving staples—the sweet potato.

Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has the details on six uses for sweet potatoes after Thanksgiving to add some extra fiber to every part of your day.

  1. Noodles

Noodles aren’t just for macaroni. You can make noodles out of spaghetti squash, zucchini, and yes, sweet potatoes. Spiral them and sautee for a couple minutes, add water or broth, cover and steam until tender. You can top with your favorite sauce or season with olive oil, butter, or garlic.

  1. Home Fries

Cube sweet potatoes and pan-fry it with onion, garlic, and diced bell peppers. Top it with a fried egg to complete a hearty fall breakfast.

  1. Pancakes or Waffles

Instead of pumpkin pancakes, use mashed and cooked sweet potato instead to give a naturally sweet flavor to your morning pancakes or waffles.

  1. Hummus

Add some cooked sweet potatoes to your chickpeas to add some thickness to hummus.

  1. Veggie Burgers

Sweet potatoes add substance and fiber to veggie burger patties. Combine cooked sweet potato with black beans, and rice (or quinoa) and form it into patties before baking, frying, or grilling.

  1. Smoothie

A perfect fall-inspired smoothie is good for any time of the day, and it can even replace a meal due to its hardiness. Used mashed or cubed cooked sweet potatoes and blend it with ice, yogurt or milk, almond butter, dates, and cinnamon. Blend it all together and enjoy your pumpkin-pie flavor without the guilt!

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