What would Thanksgiving dinner be without sweet potatoes? Usually swimming in sugary syrup and topped with marshmallows, this tuber is undoubtedly scrumptious, but the huge amount of sugar can send blood sugar crashing, leaving you feeling sluggish.
Sweet potatoes can be a healthy and flavorful part of the holiday meal. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and manganese, the unassuming sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and iron.
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio Gremolata
Makes 8-10 servings
3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and
cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Salt and pepper
1/2 c. pistachios, shelled and coarsely chopped
1/3 c. chopped Italian parsley
1 tbsp. finely grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, oil, honey, cinnamon and pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Spread potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast for one hour or until potatoes are tender.
Ten minutes before potatoes are done, place chopped nuts in a dry skillet and toast over low heat until fragrant, stirring often. Stir in parsley and orange zest. Sprinkle evenly over hot sweet potatoes and toss lightly.