5 Ways to Make Sweet Potatoes Even Sweeter for Kids

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OK, I’ve got to be honest: Sweet potatoes have been hit or miss in our house with my brood of four kids ages 6 and under. But because I’m a determined mom with healthy-eating habits in sight (which is not quite the same thing as a glutton for punishment), I just kept cooking sweet potatoes. By now I’ve made them so many ways that we’ve come up recipes that work every time, and I want to share them with you.

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ellie Krieger’s combination of olive oil, lemon juice and honey — the trifecta of our kids’ most-beloved flavors — turns a pan of peeled sweet potatoes into a side dish little ones love.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

It’s not just the pecans, brown sugar and nutmeg on top of Guy Fieri’s baked sweet potatoes that sound so good. Anytime our kids get to put toppings on food by themselves, the chances of them eating — and enjoying — a meal are instantly multiplied.

Sweet Potato & Walnut Muffins

These muffins are not what you think. The batter starts with raw sweet potatoes and walnuts (or almonds or pecans — whatever you like) that you crush in the food processor before adding all the other ingredients without dirtying another bowl. The result is a protein-rich batch of delicious muffins that just happens to be full of veggies.

Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Side dishes don’t get simpler than this. Thick wedges of sweet potatoes sprinkled with paprika and garlic salt get roasted until the edges are crisp and the insides soft. What kid can resist?

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

What’s the difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie? Lamb. This one uses ground beef topped with velvety whipped sweet potatoes. (Plus, the same ground beef base can become another dinner later in the week!)

Charity Curley Mathews blogs at Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe.