Sweet Potato Chili

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili [vegetarian, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This easy-to-make Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect option for meatless Monday or a family-friendly weeknight dinner win. With sweet potatoes, beans and tomatoes, it is hearty vegetarian comfort food. It’s made easily in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and easily customizable by adding on all your favorite toppings.

Vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes in a bowl.Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

This is my classic go-to vegetarian chili recipe to make all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it in your slow cooker or your Instant Pot pressure cooker for easy hands-off cooking! And don’t forget about the best part about chili: all the toppings! I’ve got a list of my favorites below.

Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

Sweet potato chili in the Instant Pot.

How to Make It

We’ve got options for making this in both the slow cooker and the pressure cooker. The slow cooker is a great option for making this if you want to prepare it in the morning before leaving for work and have it ready in the evening when you return home.

Making it in the Instant Pot is great because it builds flavor quickly without much hands on time. The vegetarian chili is under pressure for 5 minutes, with a 10 minute pressure release. However, don’t forget to account for the prep time (gathering up your ingredients and dicing some up), the saute of the veggies and the time it takes to come up to pressure. It will take at most about an hour to cook this in the Instant Pot. But it’s mostly hands-off cooking time and it adds a ton of flavor.

To Make on the Stove Top

We didn’t include instructions for cooking this on the stove top in the recipe, but you could. To make on the stove top:

  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Once hot add peppers, celery, onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, beans, broth, all spices, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir together. Bring up to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Serve with desired garnishes.

Chili Toppings

Bowl of sweet potato chili.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili



Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 8 hr
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chopped vegetables into the crock-pot
  2. Add in beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and spices
  3. Mix well to combine
  4. Set on low for 8 hours
  5. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)

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Sweet Potato Chili

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with candied pecans makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along to a potluck style dinner. Made in partnership with my friends at Ello Products.

Healthy sweet potato casserole with candied pecans on topHealthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is an absolute favorite for many on Thanksgiving! If you haven’t had it before it is a layer of creamy cinnamon laced sweet potatoes topped with either a crumble, marshmallows or in our case, candied pecans. This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole has all the flavor of the original but lightened up using unrefined sugar. I also love how simple this casserole is to prepare ahead of time and bring with you on-the-go to a potluck friendsgiving.

Candied pecans on a sheet panSweet Potato Casserole Ingredients

Healthy sweet potato casserole recipe in a make-ahead dish

Why we Love Ello Bakeware for Making this Dish

To make this extra portable I love baking this in Ello DuraGlass Bakeware Containers. For this recipe we’re using the 8×8 baking dish. These durable glass baking dishes are perfect for both cooking at home and bringing food along to cook on the go. What makes this line of bakeware special is that they come with a protective silicone sleeve that doubles as a trivet so a dish can go from the freezer or refrigerator, to the oven and then right to the table.

That makes these Ello DuraGlass Bakeware with matching lids perfect for holiday baking, especially for make-ahead and on-the-go dishes. Each container is perfectly portable and pretty cute too so it works as both bakeware and a serving dish.

I love using glass both for baking and for storage because it’s free of harmful chemicals, can be heated in the oven, and is (top-rack) dishwasher safe. Plus the crystal clear Tritan lid and colorful silicone sleeve let’s me easily see what is in the containers so I can keep my refrigerator more organized. This is especially helpful during the busy holiday season when there is a lot of food being cooked and prepared ahead of time.

Make ahead sweet potato casseroleA Perfect Make Ahead Dish

Casseroles are a perfect make-ahead dish. This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole can be prepared ahead two ways:

  1. You can assemble, but not bake this dish. This is a good option if you are traveling with this dish, but want to eat it freshly baked. Prepare your casserole up until step 7, which is the actual baking time. Let the dish cool completely and then cover with your lid and store until ready to bake.
  2. You can fully bake this dish and reheat. This entire dish can be prepared fully, cooled completely and then stored in the refrigerator, for up to 1 day, until ready to serve. Reheat the dish in a warm oven until heated through, and the pecans are crispy again.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with candied pecans makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It's lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar!


Yield 6-8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Recipe Type: Side
Cuisine Gluten-free
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

For Quick Candied Pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large pot place cubed sweet potatoes and cover with water. Cover and let boil for 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, make quick candied pecans: Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 cup pecans. Toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Carefully add maple syrup and mix to coat all pecans. Once the maple syrup is boiling, remove from heat, and spread on the baking sheet to cool.
  4. Drain potatoes and return back to the pot. To the sweet potatoes add maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg vanilla and salt mash together until mostly smooth. If adding raisins, add in now. Alternatively you could pulse this in a food processor or high-speed blender if you want an ultra smooth filling.
  5. Scoop the mashed sweet potato into your Baking dish and smooth over the top.
  6. Garnish the sweet potato casserole with the pecans.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Want to make this dish ahead of time to bring? You have two options!

Make Ahead Instructions:

You can make this dish up until the point of baking. Let it cool completely before covering with the Ello Storage Lid and store for up to 1 day until ready to bake. Or you can fully bake this dish, cool completely, cover and store for up to 1 day and reheat when ready to serve.


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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

This Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Sliced veggie stuffed turkey breastStuffed Turkey Breast Recipe

It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! If you are into the idea of making the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey, check out this recipe here with all the details you need to know if you’ve never made one before. But if you are hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner and wanted to enjoy turkey without actually cooking a whole one? This Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe is perfect. It has all the flavor of the traditional turkey but wrapped up in a beautiful package that takes about one third of the time needed for making a whole turkey.

Don’t worry–we are walking you through exactly how to make the stuffing, how to prepare and roll up the breast and finally how to cook it to perfection.

Stuffing recipe for a turkey breastSteps for Making Stuffed Turkey Breast

Let’s start with the actual turkey breast!

You’ll be buying a boneless turkey breast roast. It usually comes wrapped up in a bundle of stretchable butcher’s twine. Go ahead and remove that and discard. Next you are going to place the turkey breast skin side down on a cutting board. The turkey needs to be sliced through the middle and then opened up like a book so you can get more surface area to pound out. The more surface area you have, the more rolling you can do.

Next you will pound out the turkey with a meat mallet until the turkey is of uniform ¾” thickness. This again is so you have more surface area to roll and so that it cooks evenly. Finally, it’s time to brine the turkey. Luckily, you can do this in as little time as 1 hour, though the flavor really improves if you allow it to brine for up to 24. To brine the turkey, season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, or up to 24 in the refrigerator. If you do refrigerate it overnight, bring the turkey breast again to room temperature before cooking. This ensures even cooking, and more tender meat.

Move on to the filling.

We wanted to make the filling all in one pan, which includes making (quick) caramelized onions, cooking up the sweet potato and braising the kale. It takes about 40-50 minutes for everything to cook, but if you were really in a rush you could break apart the steps of each component and cook separately, but at the same time. You do want to let the filling cool slightly before adding it to the turkey breast, because it makes it easier to handle and roll the meat. The entire filling can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.

Rolling and Tying up the Stuffed Turkey Breast

Because the turkey has been seasoned with salt, there will be a good amount of moisture on turkey after it has been brined. Pat it dry so that the filling doesn’t slip off. Spread the slightly cooled (or completely cooled) kale mixture into the middle of the breast, leaving a 1” border all around the edges. Then you are going to roll up the breast, starting with the short end that does not have the skin underneath. You do this so that when you have finished rolling the breast up, the skin is on the outside. Roll it into a tight log and completely enclose the filling. Turn the now stuffed turkey breast seam side down and smooth over the skin in the middle of the breast as best as possible. We’ve noticed that each turkey breast we worked with was a little different, and some of the meat had a cleanly butchered piece of skin, while others has less skin and it didn’t cover the entire rolled piece of meat. It’s important to leave the skin on because that helps keep the meat juicy, so do your best to ensure the skin is covering the meat. Next tie up the stuffed breast with butcher’s twine evenly in 5 places.

Bake the Stuffed Turkey Breast

Place the breast inside a roasting pan. Dry off the skin and rub all over with olive oil, salt and pepper and pour chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan. This helps keep the meat moist, as you will baste the breast with it throughout the baking process. It also means you’ll have flavorful broth with which to make gravy after! Bake, basting every 20 minutes, until it reaches 155º degrees with an instant read thermometer, about 60-70 minutes. Then take it out and cover it to let the temperature continue to climb up to 165ºF.

Now it’s time to slice and serve!

Rolling up a stuffed turkey breast

How to Slice a Stuffed Turkey Breast

It is easiest to slice a stuffed turkey breast with a sharp serrated knife, such as a large bread knife. You can keep the stuffed breast tied up while you slice it, and then cut off the twine before serving.

Trying up a stuffed turkey breast with butcher's twineWhat Temperature to Cook a Turkey Breast 

The secret to a perfectly cooked juicy turkey breast is to not overcook it! Breast meat is pretty lean, so if it is overcooked it will taste dry and bland. As all meat does, the stuffed turkey breast will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven.

We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and this should be removed from the oven at 155º. Once the turkey has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow it to rest. This let’s the turkey finish cooking to 165º and lets all the juices reincorporate in the breast.

turkey breast stuffed and rolled up in a roasting panSides to Serve with this Stuffed Turkey Breast

And don’t forget the gravy! Check out this post for how to make gravy with and without drippings. Though let’s be real, it’s much better with the drippings!

sliced stuffed turkey breast on a plate with sides

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Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast

This Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It's also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.


Yield 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30
Difficulty: Moderate
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. boneless turkey breast roast
  • 2-½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium (12 oz.) sweet potato, peeled and diced fine
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dijon
  • 2-¼ cup chicken or turkey broth, divided
  • 1/2 bunch (2 cups) kale, cleaned, removed from stem and sliced thin

Directions

  1. Place turkey breast side down on a cutting board. Carefully, slice parallel through the thickest part of the breast, but not all the way through. Unfold the turkey so it lays flat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until the turkey is of uniform ¾” thickness. Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, or up to 24 in the refrigerator. If its brined and refrigerated make sure to bring it back to room temperature before baking.
  2. Meanwhile, make filling: Heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes. Add in butter, garlic and sweet potato, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sweet potato is tender. Add in thyme, sage, dijon, ¼ cup broth and kale and cool until wilted down and all of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool slightly, about 15 minutes. Can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 and set aside a 9”x13” roasting pan.
  4. Pat the turkey breast dry. Spread the slightly cooled kale mixtureinto the middle of the breast, leaving a 1” border all around the edge of the breast. Starting with one short end that does not have the skin underneath, roll into a tight log and completely enclose the filling. Turn the now stuffed turkey breast seam side down and smooth over the skin in the middle of the breast as best as possible. Next tie up the stuffed breast with butcher’s twine evenly in 5 places. Place inside a roasting pan.
  5. Dry off the skin and rub all over with olive oil, salt and pepper and pour chicken/turkey broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  6. Bake, basting every 20 minutes, until it reaches 155º degrees with an instant read thermometer, about 60-70 minutes. Let rest, slightly covered for 10-15 minutes, to let the temperature continue to climb up to 165ºF.
  7. Slice and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Recipe Notes

  1. This serves at least 6, if you would like to increase the serving size double the recipe and make 2 turkey breasts.

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Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast

These Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries are crispy and so delicious, especially when paired with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce! The perfect side to pair with just about anything.

Crispy sweet potato friesOven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These Crispy Sweet Potato Fries are the PERFECT side dish. And they’re so easy to make with mostly hands-off cooking time in the oven. I love to pair mine with this addicting honey mustard dipping sauce, too. While they are crispy when they come straight from the oven, it’s easy to make a large batch and eat them throughout the week for meal prep. They do get soft once they are stored, but you can crisp them back up again inside the oven or toaster oven.

Cut sweet potato fries

Soaking sweet potatoes in water for crispy friesTips for Making Crispy Sweet Potato Fries:

  1. Cut sweet potato fries into the same size. It helps them cook easily.
  2. Soak the sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes. This helps bring out some of the starch.
  3. Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet. Make sure to lay the fries flat on the sheet pan, leaving space in between each fry.
  4. Flip the fries, halfway through baking! This ensures both sides get crispy

To Peel, or Not to Peel

Peeling the skin off the sweet potato is totally up to you! It doesn’t make a difference either way. Though the skin has extra fiber, which can be a bonus!

cut sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.

Main Dishes to Pair with

The options are endless for what goes well with these oven baked fries, but here are a few of our favorites:

Sweet potato fries baked in the oven with dipping sauce

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Sweet Potato Fries


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Honey Mustard

Directions

  1. Cut sweet potatoes into thin strips.
  2. In a large bowl, soak sweet potatoes in cold water for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from water and pat dry.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Toss sweet potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  7. Bake for 3o-40 minutes, flipping in the middle until lightly browned and crispy.
  8. In a small bowl mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients.
  9. Take sweet potatoes out of oven, let cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

I like using Japanese Sweet Potatoes. I find they get the crispiest!


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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Mustard

These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep for when you are rushing out the door but still want your protein-packed nutrient dense meal. They also make a great snack as well! And they’re paleo and whole30 friendly!

breakfast baked egg cups in meal prep containerBreakfast Egg Cups Recipe

This recipe goes out to all of those people who LOVE and NEED a good breakfast but don’t always (read: ever) have time in the morning to whip up a freshly cooked eggs! These easy oven baked breakfast egg cups are nutrient dense and so delicious! Make these on Sunday and you’ll be thanking yourself all week you did!

This breakfast meal prep eggs have a sweet potato bottom crust and and you can top with two different options: sunny side up with bacon or veggie omelets! You choose! And if you are feeling it, you can mix and match and make both!

sunny side up baked egg cup

Make it how you like it!

The best part about these baked eggs is that you can truly customize it the way you like it! We love the sunny side up with some crumbled bacon, but you can omit the bacon to make them vegetarian or add in another type of meat like ham!

The veggie omelets have a standard pepper, onion and tomato mix but you can literally add in any veggie here, so long as you chop them up small enough, or precook them. 

Here are some other suggestions you can add to the egg muffin cups:

Can you freeze them?

Yes! Make sure to cool the egg cups completely before placing in a air tight container and freezing for up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and warm it up in the toaster or microwave before serving.

sweet potato crust in muffin tin

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These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so creamy, flavorful and delicious and make a great lunch or dinner! They also could be perfect as a make-ahead meal option. This buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is nutritious and filling, gluten-free and optionally made Paleo and Whole30 by omitting the cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato on a sheet tray

Buffalo Chicken Baked Sweet Potato

Who doesn’t love potato skins? Nobody! Who doesn’t love potatoes skins that are made healthier but still with all the flavor? Can’t think of anyone! These healthier baked sweet potato skins are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken dip packed with extra veggies and nutrients. These are the perfect appetizer for a game day party, or a super delicious lunch or dinner. We love the portability of these and think they’d be a great make-ahead meal as well.

Close up of sweet potato buffalo chicken

What type of sweet potatoes are best for this recipe?

We choose small to medium sweet potatoes to minimize the time roasting in the oven. You can choose larger ones, but they will take longer to roast. Just make sure they are all about the same size, and as round as you can get to fit in more of the buffalo chicken stuffing.

Can you cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead?

You could, but it will likely take you the same amount of time to roast in the oven between the time it takes to come up to pressure and the time it takes to naturally release. Put the sweet potatoes on a basket and add 1 cup of water. You can use the steam function for 10 minutes, with a natural release.

Skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes on a plate

How can you store these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for meal prep?

If you wanted to make these for a few days of lunches, complete the recipe as directed and then cool the broiled sweet potatoes completely before placing in a container in the fridge. We like using glass containers because they can double as a storage container and can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster oven. These would taste better if heated up in a toaster oven, but if the only option when you are at work is a microwave that will work as well!

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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees °F.
  2. Pierce sweet potato with a fork, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
  3. While the sweet potato is baking, saute onions, carrots, garlic, and scallions for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add in spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat, let cool, and place in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and pepper to the sauted vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  5. Once sweet potatoes are soft, carefully cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out insides to make “boats.” Leave about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of flesh so they don’t become too fragile and difficult to handle.
    Set oven to a high broil.
  6. Fill the sweet potatoes with a heaping spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken. Top with cheddar cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes

Recipe updated March 2017


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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We’re diving in to How to Make Sweet Potato Toast today because they are our new favorite breakfast, snack, or lunch and can guess they’ll be yours too! Sweet potato toasts are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and there are so many options to shake up your toast topping game. Sweet potato toast is a great fiber-rich, gluten-free, Whole30 approved, and vegan healthy toast replacement! PLUS, they are super easy to make!

Sweet potato toast toppingsHow to Make Sweet Potato Toast

Making sweet potato toast is about to become your new favorite breakfast, snack, lunch, or hey, even dinner! These Pinterest-worthy lower carb “toasts” have been making the rounds lately. What is sweet potato toast? Well basically they are cooked slices of sweet potato that are a great nutrient-dense alternative to regular toasted bread that can hold a hefty portion of toppings. Did we mention they are also delicious? Today we’re diving into all the details on How to Make Sweet Potato Toasts for our ongoing How to Wednesday series and sharing our favorite topping choices as well!

What kind of sweet potatoes are best?

Look for large round sweet potatoes! These work best because you can get good slices out of them. Curved ones, or oddly shaped ones, aren’t great for toast because you’ll waste more of the sweet potato when you’re slicing them up!

Sweet potato toaster oven

What are the different kinds of sweet potatoes?

Well this isn’t the most straightforward question! These day the grocery stores can sell a few different types of sweet potatoes and sometimes they are labeled yams (but apparently they’re not actually yams?). For this purpose the best type of sweet potato is usually labeled as a Garnet Yam, but a Beauregard or a Jewell Sweet Potato will work best too.

How do you easily cut up sweet potatoes

There are two options for slicing up the sweet potatoes. You can either use a mandolin, though it will need to be a good quality one with a sharp blade. Or use a sharp knife! If you are a little unsteady with your knife skills, slice of a piece of the sweet potato so you can rest it on that fast surface for safer cutting.

Do you peel sweet potatoes?

Peel the sweet potato if desired! The skin is edible, but can be rough and fibrous, so if you are concerned with texture you can peel the skin off. The most important thing is to aim to make them all the same size. For sweet potato toast, we find it’s easier to leave the skin on because it helps the sweet potato keep it’s shape.

Why we aren’t making sweet potato toast in the toaster

We know this method is out there–but we don’t recommend it. It takes too long to cook the sweet potato in the toaster (unless you are using a powerful toaster oven) so we recommend using the oven bake method first, and then to reheat you can use a toaster to warm it up and get it slightly crispy.

Is sweet potato toast better than bread?

There really are endless options for topping the sweet potato toast. You can go with savory or sweet, or even make a DIY sweet potato bar and let your loved ones make their own!

Weight watchers sweet potato toast

Savory Ideas:

Sweet Ideas:

How to Reheat:

This recipe makes a large make ahead batch for the week. To reheat as needed either stick it in a toaster, a toaster oven until hot and edges are crispy. It’s best to top as needed (like regular toast) but you can prep one for lunch to reheat at work later and reheat like any other food, though the sweet potato won’t be crispy.


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Sweet Potato Toasts

We're diving in to How to Make Sweet Potato Toast today! Sweet potato toasts are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and there are so many options to shake up your toast topping game. They are a great fiber-rich, gluten-free, Whole30 approved, and vegan healthy toast replacement! PLUS, they are super easy to make!


Yields 8-10 pieces
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 large, uniform sweet potato or yam
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or spray
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scrub and wash and dry the sweet potato clean.
  3. Cut off the tips of the sweet potato.
  4. Using a knife (or alternatively a mandolin) slice the sweet potato into 1/4" thick pieces. Discard the end pieces that have the most bit of skin.
  5. Lay on parchment paper with room in between and either spray or brush avocado oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, then flip and back for an additional 5 minutes. The sweet potato should be fully cooked through, meaning you can easily stick a fork through it, but not overcooked that it would fall apart when you picked it up.
  7. Either use immediately with toppings of choice, or cool completely before moving to an air tight container and storing in the fridge. Use within 3-5 days.
  8. To re-heat as needed for topping either stick it in a toaster, a toaster oven until hot and edges are crispy.

Recipe Notes

  1. See post for inspiration on how to top your sweet potato toasts.
  2. If topping and reheating outside of the home a toaster oven or microwave will work.

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How to Make Sweet Potato Toast

Paleo Breakfast Hash (Whole30 compliant, no added sugar, grain-free, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash is such a delicious hash for weekend BRUNCH or when you are craving breakfast for dinner! The spicy chicken sausage and bacon pair so perfectly with the sweet potato, onions, and peppers. It can be eaten as is for a veggie and protein filled breakfast, or topped with an egg!

Sweet potato hash paleoLoaded Paleo Breakfast Hash

Normally when preparing sweet potatoes for breakfast I make these Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potato Home Fries. But today, seeing as it was a ‘breakfast for dinner’ kind of night, I decided to be adventurous. I loaded up my skillet and cooked up a hash that was a huge hit. This loaded hash with eggs and hot sauce… I think I could be in heaven!

Ingredients Needed:

Paleo Breakfast Hash recipe

This would also be a great make ahead breakfast idea that you can prep ahead of time on a Sunday and enjoy the next three mornings, with or without eggs! It’s great because it’s packed with veggies, protein and fat and will keep you satisfied for the whole morning!

Sweet Potato Hash Paleo

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Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup fresh organic spinach
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • Optional: 2 organic chicken sausages, pre-cooked and sliced
  • Optional: 4 pieces nitrate-free bacon, pre-cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, sauté oil and garlic over medium heat for 1 minute.
  2. Add in sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes, or until the potato starts to soften.
  3. Add in peppers, onion, and tomato and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, stirring often. If you want to reduce the cooking time, cover the pan at this stage until the sweet potato is fork tender.
  4. Mix in chopped sausage, bacon, salt and pepper and let cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Mix in fresh spinach, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Remove from heat and serve hot.
  7. Optional: Top with fresh organic over easy eggs

Recipe Notes

  • *To get your eggs perfect, cook them slow over medium/low heat with the pan covered.
  • *Photos updated April, 2016.

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Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash

This Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables is made with homemade paleo ranch dressing, marinated chicken, and perfectly cooked veggies! It makes for the ultimate healthy-yet-hearty dinner!

Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

We love the mighty sheet pan here at LCK! This hands-off cooking method makes getting a delicious meal on the table simple and the clean up is a breeze. We’ve tested a range of recipes for different meal occasions and varying cooking time, but mostly we just love that utilizing the sheet pan allows for unattended cooking, giving us EXTRA time in our busy lives.

Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

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Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

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Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables


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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Ranch Mix

Everything Else

  • 1 cup good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, cut to 1/2" rings
  • 1 medium Japanese sweet potato, peeled and cut to 1/2" dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut to 1/2" dice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (see note)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a small bowl mix together dill, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper
  3. In another small bowl mix together mayo, almond milk, scallions. Add 1/2 of the ranch spice mixture and combine. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine red onion, sweet potato, red pepper, broccoli, avocado oil and remaining 1/2 of the ranch seasoning. Pour onto rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile place chicken breasts into the large bowl used for the vegetables and add 1/3 cup of the ranch dressing. Toss to combine and place in refrigerator to marinate while vegetables are baking.
  6. After 20 minutes take out sheet pan and move vegetables to the sides to make space for the chicken. Place the chicken breasts in the middle of the pan and pour over any reserved marinade. 
  7. Continue to bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven and serve hot drizzled with remaining ranch dressing.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

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Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

This Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar is a delicious and fun DIY meal that is totally customizable. Everyone will love this meal, and it’s simple to put together!

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We are all about easy and fun meal ideas, and this Baked Potato Bar dinner idea is just about the best there is! Not only is it super easy to make, thanks to making the “baked” potatoes in the slow cooker, but it’s also super delicious and fun for the whole family. Make the perfect baked potatoes right in your slow cooker, grab those toppings and off you go!

And this slow cooker Sweet Potato Bar is perfect for game-day! Such a perfect and simple dish! Get creative with this, and top with all of your favorite toppings!

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The key to setting up a good baked potato bar is to have variety of toppings! And to lighten it up, make a big giant salad to serve alongside the made up baked potato.

How do you bake potatoes for a potato bar?

There are so many options for making the potatoes for the potato bar. In the recipe, I talk about making the potatoes in the slow cooker, which is my favorite way. Check out that for the directions. Or you can roast the potato, or cook them in the instant pot.

To Roast Potatoes:

  1. Pierce about 8 holes in the potato.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 400ºF for 50-60 minutes, until cooked through

To Cook in the Instant Pot:

  1. Pierce about 8 holes in the potato and place on a steaming rack and put 1 cup water in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner.
  2. Cook whole potatoes on high pressure for 12 minutes, with a 10 minute natural pressure release.

Baked Potato Bar Toppings

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes and toppings

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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar



Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 4 hr
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Directions

  1. Rub potatoes with melted butter on all sides.
  2. Prick with a fork then place into your slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and set on high for 4 hours.
  4. At 2 hours, flip the potatoes.
  5. When potatoes are done, slice them in half lengthwise, and squeeze inward, from the ends, so the soft mashed potatoes fill the center.
  6. Top with desired toppings and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  • If not using right away, store in the slow cooker on warm until ready to use.

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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

Sliders are a super fun, and super easy football snack that can be totally customizable. This year I’m thinking of making a slider BAR! I’ll put out the sweet potato skins, have everyone make a few of them, toss them in the oven for the remaining 8-10 minutes and BOOM! Superbowl Slider Bar!

Or… just make a few of these as directed for an awesome appetizer that will fly off your serving tray. Guilt-free deliciousness. 

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Sweet Potato Sliders



Prep Time 8 min
Cook Time 30 min
Total Time 38 minutes



Author: Lexi
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    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking liner
  • Slice sweet potatoes into desired width, I keep my on the thinner side but thick enough to hold toppings
  • Toss with oil of choice
  • Place on baking liner and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Top with shredded chicken, ground beef, or pulled pork and cheese of you are using it
  • Place back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes, then turn the broiler on high for 1-2 minutes to really get the cheese nice and melted
  • Top with salsa, guacamole, scallions, and any other desired toppings
  • Recipe Notes

  • Leave out cheese for fully dairy-free.

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    Sweet Potato Sliders

    This Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Two Ways takes some time to make, but it isn’t complicated once you get the hang of it and makes for such a fun hands-on task! Simply delicious, and guilt-free! I served it two ways, with my favorite easy tomato sauce and then with a spinach and butter sauce. So so good.


    Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Two Ways

     

    For a while now I’ve wanted to make a gnocchi recipe. I knew with the right combination of gluten-free flours I could achieve that dough-like pasta that is loved by many. I also knew it could be customizable based on your desired taste.

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Two Ways

    This dish was a huge hit. All of my trusty taste-testers requested seconds! I plan on making a spinach version, pumpkin, pesto, and so on one day!

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Two Ways

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi Without Ricotta

    Sweet Potato gnocchi without ricotta

    Easy Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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    Sweet Potato Gnocchi



    Prep Time 30 min
    Cook Time 15 min
    Total Time 45 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    • 3 cup sweet potato, peeled, boiled, and mashed
    • 2 cup almond flour
    • 1 1/3 cup tapioca starch, more for dusting
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1 egg
    • Dash sea salt

    Easy Tomato Sauce

    Spinach and Butter Sauce

    Directions

    1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the mashed sweet potato, egg, sea salt, almond flour, tapioca flour, and coconut flour*
    2. The dough should be slightly sticky but not so sticky that you can't roll it into balls in your hand
    3. Lay a sheet of parchment paper down to work on and sprinkle it with tapioca or arrowroot starch, put some on your hand as well
    4. Roll the dough into balls (about 1 1/2 inches or so), and feel free to sprinkle with more tapioca flour as needed
    5. Roll it out into long logs and cut into desired gnocchi sizes
    6. Place your fork lightly into each piece to get an indent*
    7. Cover a medium pot with water and bring to a boil.
    8. Work in batches to drop pasta into the boiling water
    9. Your gnocchi is done cooking when they float to the top and stay there for 20 seconds or more
    10. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a dish
    11. For tomato sauce: In a skillet combine all ingredients- bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for 7-10 minutes, pour over pasta and serve
    12. For spinach and butter sauce: In a skillet heat butter until it browns slightly- add in spinach, sea salt, and pepper and cook until spinach wilts, pour over pasta and serve

    Recipe Notes

    • *Indents work better when the pasta is coated lightly with flour
    • *This recipe was updated as of 9/26/2017. We removed the coconut flour and added 1/4 cup of almond flour in the gnocchi and found it to be fluffier! Since so many of you love this recipe, we are putting these changes in the notes! Keep in mind that when removing the coconut flour, the dough will be a little harder to work with and you might need to use more tapioca starch when rolling the dough out!

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    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes. I was compensated  for the time spent developing this recipe. All opinions expressed on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make this blog possible!

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    Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Two Ways (Gluten-Free)

     

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    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you fantastic moms out there! Of course, I’m sending love to my own mom today! I’m lucky that my best friend is also my mom, and for her constant love and support. It’s days like today where you step back and think that even if you tell your mom everyday that you are grateful for her, today, make it really count and make her feel extra special! Love you mom!

    Many of you might have seen that we closed on our first home on Friday. I’ve been waiting for weeks and weeks to share the news with you guys, and it’s finally here! We are doing some on a budget remodeling before the move-in, and I think I’ll share a before-and-after kitchen remodel with you guys! I am so excited for this next chapter in our lives, and can’t wait for you all to see some of it!

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    Now, today’s recipe is for you last minute preppers! If you are still looking for the perfect brunch for today, or for a nice meal prep for the the next few days, this Sweet Potato BLT Fritatta is your answer! 

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    Sweet Potato BLT Frittata



    Prep Time 7 min
    Cook Time 1 hr
    Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Cut sweet potato into cubes
  • Coat sweet potatoes with oil and dash of himalayan sea salt
  • Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes or until tender; remove and set aside- keep oven on and lower to 350
  • Make bacon using desired method, set aside and chop
  • Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Grease a cast iron skillet with butter or oil
  • Heat stove to medium heat, add in sweet potatoes, bacon, spinach and tomatoes
  • Pour in eggs
  • Let cook for 2-3 minutes until bottom has cooked slightly
  • Transfer to the oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until eggs are cooked through

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    I’m looking for some first home tips today! Homeowners, what do you have for me?

    Sweet Potato BLT Frittata

    These Gluten Free Sweet Potato Latkes are a twist on the traditional. They’re slightly sweet and savory, crispy on the outside and perfect served with either apple or cranberry sauce! Made gluten and dairy-free!

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    I have to admit, I love a classic Potato Latkes, but these Sweet Potato Latkes have a special place in my heart too! They’re a twist on the classic, made a bit more nutritious thanks to the extra nutrients in the sweet potato, but still super delicious. Whether or not you serve yours with sour cream or applesauce, you are going to love these! These are also gluten-free, but nobody is going to know the difference! Serve hot and crispy and make extra because these are going to go fast!

    Ingredients for Sweet Potato Latkes

    Potato Latke Pro Tips:

    Fry the latkes an hour or two ahead, place them on baking sheets in a single layer, then re-heat them in the oven when ready to serve! They taste best when hot and crispy!

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