Trying to get in your daily dose of vegetables can sometimes feel impossible. Add to that the extra stress of getting the kids to eat their veg intake, and the entire ordeal can easily fall wayside (no judgement here!).
With weeknight and weekend schedules packed to the brim, finding the time (and inspiration) to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family can be challenging.
To help, we've collected a range of internationally inspired recipes — from spice-filled vegetarian tacos to a fragrant Indian curry — that all use sweet potato as their hero ingredient. With just 150 grams of sweet potato containing 100 per cent of your daily intake of vitamin A and C, the root vegetable proves a healthy and tasty addition to any recipe.
So why not take your tastebuds on an adventure with these sweet and savoury recipes inspired by some of the world's greatest dishes?
Sweet potato pizza with fig and pancetta: The traditional Italian pizza is given a modern, low-carb update, with thin slices of sweet potato replacing the classic dough base. Topped with pancetta, Gorgonzola and dried figs, the dish is the harmonious combination of sweet, salty and cheesy.
Sweet potato hummus – three ways: Hummus is one of the most famous food exports of the Middle East, but this recipe is given an added boost with the addition of tender sweet potato flesh. The dip can be served three different ways; with coriander and honey roasted cashews, with pomegranate molasses and pistachios, and with fire roasted capsicum, feta and smoked paprika.
Kumara and 'chorizo' tacos: These meat-free tacos are a quick and easy cook-up, making them ideal for either a mid-week dinner or weekend lunch. Using sweet potato as the staple ingredient of the taco filling, the humble root vegetable is complemented with Mexican-style herbs and spices, such as cumin, coriander and paprika.
Sweet potato and pecan pies: A variation of the festive Southern US dish, this sweet potato pie is so delicious you're going to want to eat it all year 'round. Filled with sweet potato puree, earthy spices and crunchy pecans, it's then topped with whipped cream and maple syrup — what's not to love?
Lamb, kumara and almond curry: This slow-cooker recipe is a delicious play on a tradition Indian lamb curry. Plentiful amounts of sweet potato help to lift the curry, adding an earthier and sweeter flavour to the spicy sauce. Serve yours with fragrant coconut rice and top with coriander.
Sweet potato rösti with haloumi and tomatoes: Drawing inspiration from the classic Swiss dish, these sweet potato röstis are paired with fresh and tasty Mediterranean-style ingredients, such as haloumi, cherry tomatoes and rocket. The best part of the dish? Any leftover röstis can be eaten cold, making them a great wrap up for the kids' lunchbox. Genius.
Sweet potato churros with cacao dipping sauce: A quintessential sweet treat in Spain, Portugal, South America and the Philippines, churros are fried sticks of dough that are best served with chocolate dipping sauce. This recipe is made extra special with the addition of sweet potato puree. Topped off with cinnamon sugar, this dessert is sure to be a hit!
Dukkah beetroot & kumara skewers: A healthy twist on a meat kebab, these Middle Eastern-style vegetarian skewers celebrate the nourishing benefits of sweet potato and beetroot. Grilled on the barbecue and topped with dukkah (an Egyptian condiment consisting of herbs, spices and nuts), these vegetable skewers are simply irresistible and will have everyone coming back for more.
Roast sweet potato, red curry, coriander and coconut soup: Inspired by both Thai and Indian flavours, this delicious sweet potato soup is a great winter warmer. Enhanced with red curry paste and coconut milk, the soup proves creamy, spicy and fragrant.
Jerk-spiced sweet potato with chive yoghurt: With origins in the Caribbean, this Jamaican jerk rub brings added oomph to sweet potato wedges — paired with fresh chive yoghurt dipping sauce to offset the intense spices.
Sweet potato, mint and goat's cheese tartlets: A traditional French dish gets a sweet-potato spin. Rather than using thin slices of potato, this recipe opts to mash it up with milk and eggs. Topped with parmesan, Swiss-style cheese and breadcrumbs for extra indulgence, this recipe will fast become the family's side-dish of choice.
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