The Food Bank ‘Mini’ team lives to figure out-of-the-box ways of delivering fresh, nutritious food to our neighbors in need. In the spirit of the ‘minis’ scaling “Mount KilaYAMjaro”, we asked members of our Nutrition Education team to help us out with a few sweet potato recipes. They then pulled up a few delicious ideas from our friends at EatFresh.org. Enjoy!
SWEET POTATO HASH
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups frozen or fresh chopped bell peppers and onions
2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium sweet potatoes) peeled and cut into small cubes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
*Sauté bell peppers and onions until tender, about 5 minutes.
*Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium.
*Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes. Sweet potatoes may begin to stick to the skillet, but continue to stir gently until they cook through.
*Serve while hot.
SWEET and SAVORY BURGER
2½ cups Sweet potato cubed & peeled
2½ cups Onion chopped
3 Garlic cloves chopped
1 cup Oats
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
¾ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil divided
6 Lettuce leaves
6 1.9 ounce whole grain buns
2 Tomatoes sliced
Nonstick cooking spray
*Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
*Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add chopped onions and garlic and sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
*Place sweet potato, chopped onion mixture, oats, cumin, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into 1⁄2-inch thick patties.
*Heat 1 1⁄2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium heat. Add 3 patties to pan and cook 4 minutes or until brown. Carefully turn patties over; cook 3 minutes or until brown. Remove cooked patties from pan, put on a plate and repeat procedure with remaining oil and patties.
*Place onto buns with lettuce, tomatoes and other condiments of your choice and serve.