Sweet potatoes are like the cool aunts of the tuber family. They’re sweet when you need them to be and look out for you by giving you all their good stuff.
That’s why we’re excited to share these fun ways to eat spiralized sweet potato. Make delicious sweet potato spiral recipes that are vibrant and fun.
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Sweet potatoes vs white potatoes
There’s no hard scientific evidence that definitely says which is better, but here are some great reasons to love sweet potatoes that are hard to argue with:
- They’re high in fiber, which helps with digestion
- They’re high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C
- They taste, well, sweeter than their white cousins, and fit perfectly into the taste composition of the recipes we’ll be showcasing later in this post.
How to make sweet potato noodles
Here are some more tips on how to make the perfect sweet potato noodles:
- Choose your sweet potato wisely. You want to go for firmer, more symmetrical sweet potatoes. They're so much easier to work with than trying to spiralize a mushier, funky-shaped potato that has your spiralizer going in all different directions.
- Peel the sweet potatoes before spiralizing. The skin add a tough layer that makes it harder to chew through the noodles, whereas the consistency of peeled potatoes works well for most recipes.
- Put your back into it. Okay, more your arm than your back. The point is, because you’re working with a tougher veggie, it’s okay to apply more pressure to get better spiralized results.
Here’s a 46-second video on how to spiralize sweet potatoes properly. (via Inspiralized)
How to cook spiralized sweet potatoes
Because you’re turning the sweet potato into delicate curls, treat them more gently when cooking.
Also, non-stick cookware plus oil make a winning combo. This will help prevent your sweet potato from sticking to the pan while cooking, allowing you to toss them as you please.
Important to note: You should never boil or cook the noodles for too long, as that will cause them to break apart easily. Instead, sauteing or roasting are the ways to go.
On the stovetop
It doesn’t take long to cook sweet potato noodles. All you need to do is toss them in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes.
Any longer, and you'll risk breaking your noodles.
In the oven
This takes a bit more effort and time, but the resulting sweet potato spirals will definitely be more flavorful.
Lay your sweet potatoes out on an oiled pan, then stick them in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
For soups and liquid dishes
If you do plan to add spiralized sweet potato to watery dishes like stews, curries, or in heavy sauces, then a quick saute and stirring them in the liquids should be sufficient in cooking them through while not causing them to break up.
Spiralized sweet potato recipes
Now, let’s get to the sweet potato spiral recipes! There are just so many ways you can use sweet potato spirals, from appetizers to main courses to dessert.
Sweet potato salad
Starting our list off is this healthy salad with a honey mustard dressing.
Total time: 30 minutes (via Kevin is Cooking)
Know what's the best type of fries? Those packed with flavor, not guilt!
These crispy fries require only four ingredients, including rosemary.
In addition to being healthy, this sweet potato noodle recipe is also paleo- and vegan-friendly too.
Total time: 22 minutes (via The Organic Kitchen)
A healthified, adult version of a classic dish, with kale, artichoke hearts, and a bit of heat thanks to some red pepper flakes.
Total time: 20 minutes (via Cotter Crunch)
This recipe is actually vegan, since the creaminess of the sauce comes from cashews!
Total time: 25 minutes (via Pinch of Yum)
This dish with Korean flair uses mushrooms, bell peppers, and snap peas. For those who follow a paleo or vegan diet, this one’s for you.
Total time: 20 minutes (via Wife Mama Foodie)
Stir fry fried rice
Forget oily Chinese takeout - this healthy version of fried rice is the perfect fakeout for any diet.
Total time: 20 minutes (via Inspiralized)
A Southwest dish with kale, corn, avocado, lime - yum!
Total time: 20 minutes (via Shared Appetite)
A one-pan dish that includes black beans, corn and cheese.
Total time: 30 minutes (via Sweet Peas and Saffron)
If you like dishes that mix sweet with savory, then you gotta try this breakfast recipe.
It balances the sweetness of the potato spirals by pairing the waffle with an egg.
Total time: 15 minutes (via Rachael's Good Eats)
A perfect addition to breakfast or brunch.
Total time: 30 minutes (via The Fitchen)
Another morning dish that uses the sweet potato spirals to create a nest for your egg. Such a great alternative to carb-filled toast!
Total time: 15 minutes (via Eat the Gains)
Last but certainly not least is dessert. These sweet potato cookies use oats, chocolate chips, and almond butter.
Total time: 27 minutes (via Searching for Spice)
If you’re in the mood for healthy and tasty, then try any of these spiralized sweet potato recipes. Sweet potato spirals will definitely make your meals more vibrant!