This is one of my absolute favorite sweet potato recipes.
I love sweet potatoes. They have such a wonderful flavor on their own, there isn’t much you need to do to them.
This sweet potato recipe kicks it up with the addition of orange juice for added sweetness and almonds for crunch. I think you will really love it.
This is a VERY healthy recipe. The sweet potatoes themselves are loaded with nutrients. Adding orange juice and lemon juice not only adds fantastic flavor but also more nutrition. As well as being great sources of Vitamin C, citrus fruits are loaded with bioflavanoids that have anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Look here to read more about the health benefits of citrus fruits.
Cornstarch is a gluten-free product because it contains no wheat, BUT some brands of cornstarch are manufactured in facilities that may process gluten containing foods as well and be cross-contaminated. So if you have celiac disease or are highly sensitive to gluten look for brands that are known to be free of cross contamination. They include brands like Argo & Kingsford’s cornstarch and Bob’s Red Mill cornstarch.
Sweet Potato Recipes: Orange Sweet Potatoes
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into smaller chunks
- 1 teaspoon orange peel, grated
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons almonds, slivered
- In a covered large saucepan, cook sweet potato in enough boiling water to cover, about 10 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring orange juice to boiling over medium heat. Stir in orange peel and lemon juice.
- In small mixing bowl, stir together the cold water and cornstarch; stir into the orange juice mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
- Transfer cooked vegetables to a serving dish. You can either drizzle the orange juice mixture over the vegetables or mix it in before putting the sweet potatoes in the serving dish. I prefer to mix it in, as it ensures that the lovely citrus flavors are spread throughout the vegetables. Then just sprinkle the almonds on top and serve.
Alternate oven roasting method:
Cover the sweet potatoes with a bit of oil (vegetable oil is fine) and spread out on a baking pan. Bake the potatoes at 375ºF for about 40 minutes or until they are soft. Continue to add the orange sauce as outlined above.
This is a good recipe for diabetics. Sweet potatoes are lower than regular potatoes on the glycemic index which means it is easier on your blood sugar. Plus the nuts add protein.
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