WW Recipe of the Day: Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Today I'm sharing an easy recipe for Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes that goes easy on the oil and honey to keep the Weight Watchers SmartPoints in check.
Sweet potatoes are just about my favorite starch. They are so versatile and delicious and can be used even as a dessert.
Roasting them allows their natural sweetness to really "bloom" and with a touch of honey and spices, these roast sweet spuds are now my husband's favorite. If you are a sweet potato fan I think you're going to love them as much as we do.
They are very low calorie as a side dish or if you really like potatoes, serve a larger portion and maybe just a leafy green salad for lunch. This brings home the fact that something as humble as a potato can take first prize on the menu.
Are Sweet Potatoes Free Points on Weight Watchers?
Though you can enjoy most non-starchy vegetables for free or zero points on all three Weight Watchers Plans, sweet potatoes are only free (0) on the Purple Plan.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Spicy Sweet Potatoes?
According to my calculations, each serving has 113 calories and:
6 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
How to Make Spicy Roast Sweet Potatoes
Step 1: Heat the oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking dish, or baking sheet large enough to hold the potatoes in a single layer, with non-stick spray.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the potato with the oil, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Lightly season to taste with salt and pepper and place in the prepared baking dish.
Step 3: Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and tender.
Step 4: Serve hot.
Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe Notes
Yam, sweet potatoes, Garnets? All of this can be confusing when choosing your potatoes. I always use the orange colored yams or garnet potatoes that are also dark colored. They seem to have the best texture for this dish.
Depending on your area, you may have special varietals worth trying. The technique for cooking will be the same.
Unlike white and red potatoes with a pretty thin skin, generally sweet potatoes have a thicker skin which is best peeled off before baking. A standard peeler works best as it takes off only the essential peel, unlike a knife which can slip and take off a good chunk of the potato.
I love the vegetable peelers with a swivel blade. It makes easy work and is best if you struggle with any wrist stiffness.
Once peeled and cut into chunks, the dish can be spiced and left to "marinate" in the fridge, covered, for up to 2 days before baking. If you're planning to be away, you can prepare it and just bake it at the last minute.
What to Serve With these Skinny Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes?
These are a side dish and go well with all roasts, grilled fish, meat and poultry. Most recently I served mine with a grilled chicken breast, tossed salad and melon compote, a dish that was elegant, simple and really quick to make start to finish.
Ways to Use Leftover Roast Sweet Potatoes
Leftovers can be microwaved for a few seconds to rewarm. Or if you have a handful, put them in a bowl of soup or stew for added bulk and flavor. I also love them tossed into salads.
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Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 large sweet potato, washed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1-½ teaspoons olive oil
- 1-½ teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of cayenne
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking dish, or baking sheet large enough to hold the potatoes in a single layer, with non-stick spray.
- In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the potato with the oil, honey, cinnamon and cayenne. Lightly season to taste with salt and pepper and place in the baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden and tender.
- Serve hot.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Lighter Healthier Sweet Potato Recipes for Weight Watchers
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Onions
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Granola Crumble Topping
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Ham
- Crock Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
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