So up until about a month ago I HATED sweet potatoes. It’s not that they were awful but I just don’t really consider them a vegetable; a real tater. They are well.. sweet. And the fact that most people put butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on them to me that equals dessert. It just doesn’t seem… I don’t know… right? *shrugs*
But Mr. Fantabulous loves them. Like REALLY loves them. He prefers them over real taters. He’s preached for years that I should eat them as they are super healthy for me but I just
couldn’t wouldn’t succumb.
Then I decided to play around in the kitchen and THIS happened…
I know right! I love love LOVE roasted grapes and as I was making Mr. Fantabulous his sweet potatoes I threw some grapes in the oven to roast so I could snack on them.
However after I made his I got to thinking.. “What if… What if I combined them?”
I split it open and just put the grapes on it and took a bite. It was ‘okay’ but missing something. It just looked and tasted ‘plain’.
So I opted for some cinnamon and that kicked up the flavors a lot but it still wasn’t quite ‘there’.
THEN I got the honey…
So as I was stuffing my face with this which led to my latest food addiction, Mr. Fantabulous began to discuss the nutritional values of sweet potatoes over real potatoes. Now I’m going to be completely honest here. I know he was talking as his lips were moving, his hands were going a mile a minute (it’s an Italian thing – he CANNOT talk without moving his hands!) and telling me about this, that and the other about sweet potatoes, working out and so forth but honestly I didn’t pay attention! I was tucked away in my dark happy room in my head just savoring this awesome dish.
However later on I had to go and google some info on these just to make it look like I was paying attention. Sorry honey but I kinda wasn’t even though I was giving you the ‘Uh huh” “Really? I did not know that” and “Wow!” responses.
So here goes some education and it’s kind of really cool!
Both sweet potatoes and white potatoes provide a rich source of starch and dietary fiber. Real potatoes and sweet potatoes both contain large amounts of starch per serving — 10 grams per cup of white potato or 16.8 grams per an equivalent serving of sweet potato. Your body breaks down this starch into simple sugars, and utilizes the resulting glucose as a source of energy. Each cup of white potato provides 1.8 grams of fiber, while an equivalent serving of sweet potato provides 4 grams. Choose sweet potatoes to maximize your dietary fiber intake.
Sweet potatoes are among the richest sources of beta-carotene, a nutrient your body converts to vitamin A after consumption. Each cup of chopped sweet potato provides 18,869 international units, or IU, of vitamin A, compared to only 6 IU in white potato. Since adult men and women require 3,000 or 2,333 IU of vitamin A daily, respectively, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, even a small serving of sweet potato provides your entire daily required intake of the nutrient. Choose sweet potato over white potato for its vitamin A content to benefit your vision, immune system and the health of your skin.
Real taters are still healthy and have their own health benefits as well. Choose your tater to suit your taste but definitely give this one a try!Print
- 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and pierced with a knife all over
- 2 Tbl olive oil, divided
- 2-3 cups of red, seedless grapes removed from the stems
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup honey (or more for personal tastes)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and bake the potatoes per THESE directions here.
- 20 minutes before the potatoes are done, roast the grapes.
- Place the grapes on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and thyme.
- Using your hands gently toss coating the grapes evenly.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes or just until the grapes begin to burst and start to shrivel slightly.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool.
- When the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and cut a slit down the middle but not going all the way through.
- Putting 2 fingers at one end and your thumbs at the other squeeze inward causing the potato to “bloom” open.
- Sprinkle the inside of the potatoes with 1 tsp of cinnamon each.
- Next add the roasted grapes in the opening.
- Drizzle the honey over top adding as little or as much as you like.