Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Hash and 13 More Fantastic Sweet Potato Recipes

Ahh, the sweet potato. A vegetable like no other. These tasty spuds can be a dessert, savory dish and great breakfast or brunch item. I’ve found 15 amazing recipes all celebrating the sweet and savory sweet potato. Check them out below!

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Spinach Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato Spinach Hash

I decided to start you out with breakfast and what a breakfast this is. It uses 3 ingredients, is only 250 calories including the egg on top and can be made any day during the week and reheated for a power breakfast on the go all week long. Plus, it’s super tasty (everything tastes better with a fried egg on top)! I made this recipe for my Mom last weekend and she was very impressed.

Sweet Potato and Potato Pancakes

Potato and Yam cakes

To continue with breakfast or brunch, here are some super yummy potato and sweet potato pancakes. I love potato pancakes and the sweet potatoes add a rich sweetness. This doesn’t have to be served for breakfast or brunch, it would also be a great side dish with some Cornish hens or a nice baked ham! Add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle green onions on top for a pretty presentation and extra decadence. 

Sweet Potato and Jam Muffins

Yam and Jam Muffins

Want a great way to pack vegetables and nutrients into your child’s food without them making that face and pushing it away? Here it is! Low fat muffins with sweet potatoes that pack vitamin A along with other goodness. So good they will never know they are good for them :)

Olive Oil Sweet Potato Chips with Smoked Sea Salt


Wow, this one caught my attention because it sounds so fancy and yet it’s so easy, good for you, and lighter than regular potato chips. Serve them up alongside your favorite burger, as a vehicle to devour your favorite veggie dip, or stay light and dip in a low fat yogurt dip of your choice.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey Casserole


If you have some bananas left over from our last Healthy Offer of the Week, here is the recipe for you. Whipped sweet potatoes and bananas topped with roasted whole pecans. Okay, so the author doesn’t roast her pecans but I feel like all nuts taste better roasted. YUMMY!!

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Yams

I can’t put together a sweet potato post without a good old traditional candied sweet potato recipe. This has a wonderful Southern twist. What makes it Southern? It uses traditional brown sugar and butter with southern spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Well, in my opinion those spices are just warm and all-American. A classic dish that will go well with anything you want to pair it with.

Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup with Marshmallow

Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup

I love making soups. They are simple, comforting and warm. One of the first soups I ever made was a butternut squash soup with leeks and I still make it for my family to this day. They love my soups and now I am hooked on finding new sweet and savory soups with warm spices. This one delivers all of the above. Can’t wait to try it out! Who doesn’t love anything topped with marshmallows?

Crockpot Sweet Potato and Basil Soup

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If curry and coconut really isn’t your thing I’m sure you will love this easy crockpot sweet potato and basil soup. Very easy with milder flavors. Plus, it’s made in your crockpot which makes life easier. Put it together and walk away for hours. My kind of meal!

Crisp Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Aoli

Yam-Fries with a chipotle aoli

Who hasn’t jumped on the sweet potato fries wagon yet? These tasty treats are popping up everywhere. There is a trick to making them come out crispy without frying them. You must make sure they are laid out 1/2 inch apart from each other, use a very hot oven (450 degrees recommended) and dust them with flour. As far as the aoli, it’s just a fancy name for spiced up mayo. Try it out and let us know what you think!

 Crispy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taquitos

blackbean & Sweet potato taquitos

Not only is this healthy and vegetarian, but also simple! Even my 18 month daughter ate it and loved it. She used to be such a good eater and now has become a little picky so getting healthy food into her isn’t easy. Try this out and I swear your kids and hubby will be fighting over the last taquito…miine were but Grandma got the last one!

Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

sweet potato and zuccini fritters

With this recipe, the author stated she came across it based on what she had in her pantry and fridge. All you do is grate the veggies, add some chipotle seasoning, salt, pepper and some flour and egg as a binder. Stick it in the over at 375 degrees and you have a great snack that is filled with beta-carotene and other nutrients. She also has a recipe for some homemade spicy mustard.

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I’ve stuffed plenty of good old russet potatoes but never tried stuffing sweet potatoes. Here is a great way to stuff them that not only is healthy but extremely hearty. It can be a meal all on its own but if you ask me I think they would go great with a delicious grilled steak!

Skinny Sweet Potato Donuts with a Maple Glaze


Here are some donuts that are low in calories with zero fat and require nothing but a mixing bowl and your oven. They whip up in less than 20 minutes for a sweet treat with no guilt. The kids will love them too! What another great way to get them to eat their veggies without making that all-too-familiar face!

Chicken with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

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Kale and sweet potatoes go together like peanut and jelly. So delicious and outside the box. I absolutely love the taste of kale and paired with the sweetness of sweet potatoes it can be a meal all on its own. Adding some chicken for protein makes this an entire healthy meal all cooked together in one pot! Can’t wait to try this one out for sure.

Sweet Potato Pie


The best way to end a meal (and this post) is with an amazing sweet potato pie. This is typically a holiday pie but why not have it all year around? It’s delicious, creamy and so good.

Now that you know what to do with sweet potatoes, get out there create some new masterpieces while saving 20%! 

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** What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?

According to Kitchen Daily:

A sweet potato is not a type of yam and a yam is not a type of sweet potato. Yams are native to Africa and Asia. They are closely related to lilies. 

On the other hand, sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family. These potatoes can range not only in size, but in skin color and flesh color. Varieties of sweet potatoes are grown in the United States.

The question then becomes, why is there such confusion between the two? As mentioned above, sweet potatoes (both the firm and soft varieties) are grown within the United States. However, the “firm” variety was the first sweet potato crop to be introduced. The “soft” variety, which was introduced later, resembled yams. Enslaved Africans thus began to call them yams because of their similar appearance. The term “yams” continued to be attached to the “soft” variety in order to distinguish them from the “firm” variety. Currently, the USDA requires sweet potatoes labeled “yams” to also include “sweet potatoes” in its signage.

Leave a comment below and tell us which one of these recipes is your favorite. And if you have tried them, let us know what you think! Happy Cooking from me and the SavingStar team!

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