Sweet potatoes are undeniably delicious but when tossed with ginger, cumin and coriander, can really elevate this side dish into something special.
One of my favorite foods aside from avocado, is probably sweet potato. I make it more than I can tell you and I’ve tried to come up with ways to keep it creative. That doesn’t always work but there are some recipes that just stand out. This roasted sweet potato one with ginger, cumin and coriander really did it for me. The proof? My 4 year old son, grabbing them hot off the roasting sheet while I’m trying to plate the food. Now, mind you, my son is a rather picky eater, which of course is devastating but I’m hopeful that it’s only a phase. But I digress. Needless to say, these sweet potatoes were a real hit in my house and will be making an appearance on many a night.
They’re quick to do, with only a few ingredients and make a great side for most dishes, whether you are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or something in between.
Why roasted sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a perfect match for spices like ginger, cumin and coriander. The sweet and creamy sweet potato gets a nice crispy coating from the spices which makes it an ideal side for pretty much any main dish you like.
Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense
If you’re looking to switch to a paleo way of eating, for a change in taste or simply looking to increase the nutrient density in your diet, you’ll find sweet potatoes to be a staple. They’re rich in vitamin B, C and potassium and are also lower in carbohydrates than regular potatoes. They’re particularly sought after on the paleo diet as they provide a good amount of carbohydrates but significantly lower than it’s starchier relative.
Go for organic sweet potatoes when possible
I highly recommend sourcing organic sweet potatoes if you’re able. I find organic to have a much creamier texture than regular sweet potatoes. They’re also on average a little bit smaller and more dense. For this dish, I used Jewel sweet potatoes, which are a deep shade of orange and taste even sweeter than regular. But if you’re not able to find this variety, just be sure to use fresh organic from your local market or farmer’s market. You’ll notice a big difference!
Tips for making sweet potatoes with ginger, cumin and coriander
When combining the sweet potatoes with the oil, spices, salt and pepper, be sure to gently massage the mixture into the sweet potatoes so each cube gets a nice coating. Be sure to also toss them several times during the roasting process.
Once they’ve finished roasting, add the lime juice right away to ensure the flavor gets captured into them and give them a good toss. If you need to keep them warm, just place them on the top rack of the oven with it off until you’re ready to serve. They’re best served when warm.
roasted sweet potatoes with ginger, cumin and coriander
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total cooking time: 25-30 minutes
4-5 small organic sweet potatoes or 3 large
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp fresh lime juie
optional: 1 tsp chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Add spices and avocado oil and roast for 23-30 minutes tossing them from time to time.
Remove from oven and toss with lime juice and top with cilantro. Serve immediately or these can easily be made for a meal prep and eaten cold or reheated.
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