Our Best Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Explore the versatility of nutrient-packed sweet potatoes with these creative and satisfying recipe ideas from Food Network.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are whole potatoes that have been cut into a fan shape, dotted with butter, then roasted. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside spud. The technique can be done with white or sweet potatoes. For a healthier potato side dish, go with sweet.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

These roasted sweet potatoes get golden and caramelized on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside. Instead of using butter and brown sugar to aid in the caramelization process, Tyler Florence uses extra virgin olive oil and honey.

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Add a hit of sweetness to your potato pancakes by combining half shredded sweet potatoes and half Yukon golds. Fans of sweet potato fries will love these! 

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Sweet Potato Skins

Food Network Kitchen has touched on something truly delicious with the combo of sweet potato and spicy salsa verde in this healthy version of an appetizer classic. Mash up the leftover scooped-out sweet potatoes and add them to a cheese quesadilla or regular twice-baked potatoes for a marbled effect.

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Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ellie Krieger’s combination of olive oil, lemon juice and honey turns a pan of peeled sweet potatoes into a side dish little ones love.

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Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Horseradish Butter

The combination of maple syrup, horseradish and butter in these slightly sweet and sharp spuds is a home run. You won't even notice that this dish is low in fat.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Pat and Gina Neely scoop out the cooked insides of these sweet potatoes and mix them with cream cheese, brown sugar, butter and fragrant spices for a decadent side that's surprisingly low in calories.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe from Food Network Kitchen calls for a sweet-and-savory blend of orange juice, maple syrup and chicken broth.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange Essence

A burst of flavor and color is the answer for any side dish. The secret weapon for these potatoes? Low-fat buttermilk, which provides creaminess and tanginess without any butter.

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Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet, buttery preparations are pretty common when it comes to sweet potatoes, but when was the last time you explored the spicier side of the spectrum? Using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce intensifies the spuds with a smoky, spicy kick.

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Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These loaded sweet potatoes from Food Network Magazine are perfect for the nacho lover who doesn’t like to share. Pile on seasoned beef, low-fat cheddar, salsa and crunchy shredded cabbage for a hearty main dish that’s lower in fat than most pub-sized nacho portions.

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Beefy Stuffed Sweet Potato

Food Network Kitchen uses a clever trick to pack veggies into these Latin-inspired stuffed potatoes: Chop the carrots, onion and tomato into small pieces that go almost unnoticed when cooked with the ground beef. This dish is perfect for that picky vegetable eater who's trying to eat healthier.

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Curried Sweet Potato Puree

Heat from fresh ginger and powdered curry counter the sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and lime juice adds a bright kick at the end. Trying to avoid lactose? No problem — almond milk makes this dish dairy-free. 

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Curried Sweet Potato-Apple Soup

This sweet and spiced soup is perfect for cool fall evenings. Top each bowl with a few crunchy baked sweet potato chips — they're much like the buttery croutons you're used to, but better for you.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

You can adjust the level of these baked-not-fried sweet potato chips to your liking; if you prefer a milder chip, use less cayenne.

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Jerk Turkey Burgers on Sweet Potato Rounds

Thick-cut sweet potatoes work nicely as a vitamin-rich stand-in for hamburger buns in these island-inspired turkey burgers. Brush the potato rounds lightly with oil and cook them on the grill just until they're smoky and tender.

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Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This lightened-up recipe has everything you could want in a platter of nachos: the crunchiness of homemade tortilla chips, spiciness from saucy adobo-tinged pinto beans and creaminess from roasted sweet potatoes and avocado, all topped with a fresh salsa.

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Grilled Sweet Potato and Scallion Salad

Bobby Flay bakes sweet potatoes until they are just soft, then grills them to finish cooking. A mustard vinaigrette brings all of the salad's flavors together.

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Spicy Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes spiced with coriander and ground cumin pair perfectly with nutty quinoa. Serve a few spoonfuls alongside lean grilled meat or poultry, or enjoy the salad on its own as a light, fiber-packed lunch.

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Sweet Potato Lyonnaise

Lyonnaise potatoes are traditionally made with regular potatoes, but the dish works just as well with sweet potatoes. Try adding toasted chopped pecans or a dollop of Greek yogurt, if you have some on hand.

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Caramelized Onion-Sweet Potato Salad

Golden sweet potatoes take the place of ordinary Idaho spuds in Bobby's lighter potato salad. Follow his lead and caramelize the onions slowly over medium heat to ensure they turn out soft and sweet.

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Sweet Potato Salad

Try a new take on this picnic and cookout staple. Trisha Yearwood uses sweet potatoes and tosses them with a tangy dressing that's made with half Greek yogurt, half mayonnaise. 

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Sweet Potato and Mushroom Lasagna

Jeff Mauro's made-over lasagna features layer upon layer of herb-laced ricotta, but in place of classic sheets of pasta, he opts for thinly sliced sweet potatoes for a lighter alternative.

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