11.08.2015

Eight Farm-Fresh Recipes Featuring Healthy Sweet Potatoes, also called Yams

As founder of #OutaboutNC, I know that culinary travel is a huge part of the charm for a visit to North Carolina. That's because North Carolina is a massive agriculture state and our farm-fresh food draws visitors here.  Farming is the root of our rich heritage.  North Carolina has the number one spot for sweet potato production in the U.S.  We ship sweet potatoes everywhere  and I love this educational blog story on the "Life of an N.C. Sweet Potato."  Chances are, you are buying an N.C. sweet potato in your grocery store.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient.


Sweet potatoes are now in wide abundance in my weekly Papa Spud's produce box for the home cook. I've been working in my own kitchen to feature the vegetable more on our dinner menu because well, it's always available and the prices are low. You can get two pounds of sweet potatoes for about $3.

I'll be talking more about the vegetable my Tea with Leigh chat on Periscope this Friday, and I'll even tell you a funny story about a Yam Lady I met during my TV days decades ago. We don't really produce yams in North Carolina, and in fact, there is a little bit of confusion between a yam and a sweet potato, but when people refer to yams, they most likely mean sweet potatoes.  The N.C. Sweet Potato Commission sums it up best. A true yam is imported from the Caribbean and is quite different from a sweet potato.  But, a sweet potato has many, many varieties and its flesh can be white, orange, and purple. The orange variety was introduced decades ago, and in order to distinguish it from the white-flesh sweet potato, suppliers and producers chose an  English form from the African-word,"nyami" and labeled "yam."  I cooked a great African chicken stew this week from a recipe from Papa Spud's with sweet potatoes as the main ingredient and I'll share that on Facebook later this week. And if you have recipes you love, join me on this chat. Get started by following me on Periscope. I am the only who can talk or be seen in the scopes unless I'm on-scene, but I can interact with you by reading your comments.

Here are eight recipes to help you get sweet potatoes on your menu. All recipes shared here are with permission in a collaborative effort.  Some are my colleagues in the N.C. Blogger Network. 

1.  Easy Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage Skillet Meal developed by #OutaboutNC community member Mandi McClure for my blog.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Easy Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage Skillet Meal.


2. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from the N.C  blog, TwinStripe.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from  TwinStripe Blog

3. Mad Sweet Potato Pasta from the N.C. Blog, Nourish and Nestle.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Mad Sweet Potato Pasta from Nourish and Nestle

4. Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Maple Syrup from my editor, Katja Presnal of Skimbaco Lifestyle.
N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Pork Roast recipe from Skimbaco Lifestyle.



5. Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Walnuts from the Minnesota-based blog, Baby Loving Mama.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. A great side of sweet potatoes and toasted walnutes from Baby Loving Mama.

6.  Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole from the Texas-based blog, House of Faucis.

N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole by House of Faucis



7.  Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust from the N.C. blog, A "Mind 'Full" Mom
N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust by A Mind Full Mom.

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8. Quick Apple Sweet Potato Hash from our Small Victories Link Up Blogger, A Pancake Warrior.  This recipe was in our link up last week. 



N.C is the largest producer of sweet potatoes. Enjoy eight farm-fresh and healthy recipes using the root vegetable as a starring ingredient. Quick Apple and Skillet Hash from A Pancake Warrior  Blog.


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