I am still shocked at how extremely popular sweet potatoes have become. For most of my life sweet potatoes were something that I only thought about around Thanksgiving and Christmas. These thoughts were in anticipation of my grandmother’s candied yams and sweet potato pie. Several weeks ago I was at ShopRite and noticed mashed sweet potatoes being offered at the prepared food counter. My local ShopRite actually offers a variety of prepared food for breakfast and lunch. I think this is mostly for employees but I have purchased food from the counter before. This is the same place where they prepare and display the rotisserie chickens in my store.
There were no regular mashed potatoes being served at ShopRite that day, only mashed sweet potatoes. This really stood out to me and made me wonder how the sweet potato had become popular enough to replace regular mashed potatoes. Was this just a fluke? Were they just trying something new for the day? I made it a point to check in at the counter several more times after that day. Almost every time I checked in, I found mashed sweet potatoes but no regular mashed potatoes. The sweet potato has definitely become a popular food choice and this is terrific considering it’s dynamic nutritional profile. While I had experimented with sweet potatoes in recent months, I had never prepared mashed sweet potatoes. I decided that it was time to give them a try. I was hoping that they would make a nice yeast free side dish for Thanksgiving in lieu of candied yams.
I really enjoyed these Yeast Free Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I chose not to add sweetener to this dish because sweet potatoes have there own subtle sweetness. If you have been yeast free for at least a few weeks the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes may be enough. If want to make this dish a little sweeter, I suggest using a little stevia. While my mother, brother and I all liked these Yeast Free Mashed Sweet Potatoes my children did not. They currently have some sort of aversion to sweet potatoes. I still encouraged them to taste the dish but that didn’t go so well. No matter how many times they reject a particular food I always have them taste the same food over and over again. We have overcome several food aversions this way and in turn continue to increase the variety of healthy foods that we eat. I decided to use cinnamon and nutmeg to season my Yeast Free Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I did this to capture the taste of Thanksgiving. While this is the perfect side dish to replace the sugar laden candied yams typically served on Thanksgiving, this will make a great side dish all year around. There are so many recipes out there for mashed sweet potatoes. I decided to be very conservative, and stick with the spices that I already knew would go well with sweet potatoes. If I was a little more adventurous I might have tried adding garlic, onions or even cayenne pepper to the recipe, as I saw in other recipes. I encourage you to experiment with this very basic mashed sweet potato recipe to make it your own.
Specific Ingredients That I Used to Make Yeast Free Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Rice Dream Unsweetened Quinoa and Rice Milk
Spice Classics Ground Cinnamon
McCormick Ground Nutmeg
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled (use small to medium potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or clarified butter
- ½ cup yeast free milk
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- Place sweet potatoes in large pot
- Add enough cold water to cover sweet potatoes
- Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat
- Cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes
- Use colander to drain water
- Return potatoes to pan and add all other ingredients
- Mix thoroughly and mash until smooth
Recipe adapted from Can You Stay For Dinner
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