Maple Sweet Potatoes || Homemade in a Hurry
It’s just about that time of year! Where we take something perfectly healthy, and do our best to make it decadent while turning a blind eye to calorie count. Green beans, for example — stir in some cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, and bacon and you’ve gone from a nutritious green vegetable to a delectable, traditional, yet fattening casserole – just like that. For sweet potatoes we mash them, mix in some brown sugar and top with marshmallows. Our Thanksgiving dinner tradition relies on these transformations. I’m not complaining. I’m just here to offer you Maple Sweet Potatoes: a delicious, easy and surprisingly healthy alternative!
They say that the average American consumes 10,000 calories on Thanksgiving day. Ok, that’s not accurate and is based on no research. I just know that it is a lot more than the recommended diet of roughly 2,000 calories per day. And to be honest, I don’t know how many calories are in this dish. But when you look at the ingredients, it is clearly so much better for you than some of your other sweet potato options.
This Thanksgiving, I’m not suggesting you skip the classics – green bean casserole, anything au gratin and every kind of pie. But make Granny’s recipe for Maple Sweet Potatoes, and you’ll have extra calories in the bank for all of your calorie-packed favorites. I promise these sweet potatoes are so delicious, but my favorite part is how easy they are! I’ve been going on and on about how yummy this dish is, that I’ve completely forgotten to tell you that they take less than 15 minutes to make! You’re not just saving calories, you’re saving time. And that is something I can certainly give thanks for!
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 T plain Greek yogurt
- 1 T real maple syrup
- 1 T orange juice
- salt and pepper to taste
With a fork, prick the sweet potatoes. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave each potato on high for 4 minutes until soft and easily pierced with a knife.
Scoop out the pulp into a microwave safe bowl and mash. Add the yogurt, orange juice and maple syrup and stir until combined.
Microwave again for 1-2 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of additional yogurt if desired.