35 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Sweet Potatoes
You know sweet potatoes are way more than just a vehicle for marshmallows, but your kids aren’t quite convinced of that fact yet. You also know how nutritious sweet potatoes are … and so do they. But maybe they just need a little convincing. After all, they’ve got one VERY kid-friendly thing going for them: they’re sweet!
With that in mind, here are 35 ways for the whole family to enjoy sweet potatoes:
- Roasted sweet potatoes topped with honey and cinnamon are my kids’ favorite way to eat this healthy root vegetable. Plus, it’s simple to make and easy on the budget too!
- Sweet potato empanadas are a fun way to use up leftovers and make for a delicious after-school snack. Add some chopped ham to the filling for a protein boost.
- You don’t have to fry sweet potatoes to make crispy, golden sweet potato fries! Bake them instead.
- For a nutritious, colorful twist on classic shepherd’s pie, substitute sweet potato mash as the topping.
- Mix up some sweet potato hummus and serve it with fresh veggies and toasted pita bread for a delicious after-school snack for kids. It’s also delicious spread on turkey sandwiches.
- Stir mashed sweet potato into your favorite pancake batter for breakfast … or dinner. Sweet potato pancakes are so good, you’ll want to eat them all day long. Try topping them with leftover pulled pork for a quick and easy family dinner.
- Who doesn’t love pie? Whip up a lighter version of sweet potato pie for a guilt-free dessert.
- Make fajita night even sweeter with chicken fajita sweet potatoes. You can also substitute smoked sausage, diced, for the chicken.
- Add cubed sweet potato to your favorite chili recipe.
- Try making sweet potato chips. The trick is to slice the rounds as thin as possible.
- Load up a baked sweet potato with shredded chicken, black beans, salsa and cheese and top with cilantro dressing for a fun spin on tacos. Lean ground beef makes a great filling for taco stuffed sweet potatoes
- You really can’t go wrong with tots, and baked sweet potato tots are no exception.
- Stir a dollop of sweet potato mash into your kids’ favorite mac and cheese Sounds crazy, I know. But trust me on this one… they won’t even notice!
- Spread sweet potato mash on tortillas and layer with black beans, corn and shredded chicken. Roll into taquitos and bake until golden brown.
- Sweet potato toast is so easy to make! Thinly slice the entire potato lengthwise and toast until firm. Slather with peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese and/or your favorite berries for a perfect breakfast or snack.
- Instead of nachos made with tortilla chips, try a mound of sweet potato fry nachos. Let the kids customize their nachos with their favorite toppings.
- Dish up some chicken and sweet potato kebabs for dinner, without even having to turn on the grill.
- Play up the sweetness of sweet potatoes with other sweet ingredients, like the coconut milk in this sweet potato curry recipe.
- Throw cubed sweet potatoes tossed with your favorite seasonings into a foil pouch and grill while the rest of your dinner cooks.
- No one will miss the meat in this recipe for sweet potato and black bean burgers.
- Sneak a serving of veggies into breakfast with sweet potato muffins. They freeze great, making them perfect to grab-and-go on busy mornings.
- Make a breakfast skillet with sweet potato, caramelized onions and a fried egg on top. Add Canadian bacon or smoked sausage for an even heartier meal.
- Start the day right with apple sweet potato waffles.
- Bacon-wrapped sweet potato bites are a delicious after school snack, and they’re a healthy appetizer option too!
- Here’s an idea: Make your own sweet potato noodles! You can also buy sweet potato noodles and substitute them for spaghetti in just about any recipe.
- For a healthy side dish, toss sweet potato, onion, garlic and Brussel sprouts together with oil and a generous sprinkle of salt. The veggies caramelize in the oven, giving them a kid-friendly sweetness.
- Slow cooker soup is simple and nutritious … and cooks itself! This recipe for slow cooker butternut squash sweet potato soup is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
- Give Meatless Monday a try and make vegetarian enchiladas with sweet potatoes and black beans.
- Make a sweet potato pizza crust!
- Another great filling for a foil pouch: sweet potato cubes, chicken breast, a bit of butter and your favorite herbs. Add a slice of fresh lemon for even more flavor.
- Sweet potato coffee cake muffins make a great breakfast side or quick after-school snack.
- Cook up sweet potato hash with kielbasa sausage, peppers and onions. Serve alone or with a fried egg on top.
- Use sweet potatoes instead of flour to make grain-free brownies.
- Grate and fry sweet potatoes with butter for a colorful take on hash browns.
- And yes, there is still the beloved marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole! What’s the harm in having it once or twice a year, anyways?
Wow, that’s a lot of sweet goodness! No matter how picky your kids might be, the right recipe might just change their minds about sweet potatoes.