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Perfectly Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes For Browned, Crispy Bites
Sweet potatoes are a staple healthy meal prep ingredient.
They are easy to make on a sheet pan, versatile, and provide a blast of sweetness that can sometimes be lacking in healthy diets.
Sweet potatoes are in regular rotation during my weekday meals. I treat them as a carb and use them interchangeably with healthy grains and beans.
Grain salad? How about sweet potato salad!
My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is roasted. Roasting sweet potatoes in the oven is the easiest way to browned, crispy meal prep perfection. Plus, it is super easy.
Start picking up a few sweet potatoes each week at your grocery store and use this roasted sweet potato recipe to make them delicious!
How Long Do Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes Keep?
After roasting, let cool, cover, and store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
These containers are my favorite for storing leftover meal prep ingredients. They are cheap, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and all the lids are the same between each size of container. They are what the restaurants use.
How Can I Use These Roasted Sweet Potatoes for Meal Prep?
Roasted sweet potatoes are extremely versatile. Here are a few ideas to make these roasted sweet potatoes into a full meal.
Build a grain, salad, or buddha bowl as you normally would, but replace the grain with these roasted sweet potatoes. Try in this kale and quinoa salad.
Use as a simple side dish to this buttermilk marinated roasted chicken.
Combine with toasted nuts or seeds, add a handful of greens and top with this simple balsamic vinaigrette.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes Cooking Tips
Don’t pack the sweet potatoes too closely on the sheet pan or they will steam rather than brown. If you scale up this recipe and the sweet potatoes don’t fit on one sheet pan, use two. The best sheet pans are these and luckily, they come in a pair.
Toss the sweet potatoes about every 15 minutes during roasting. This will ensure even browning.
Season with enough olive oil and salt as indicated by the amounts in the recipe below.
Do I Have to Peel The Sweet Potatoes?
No, you don’t have to peel the sweet potatoes before roasting. Sweet potatoes have a thin skin that is completely edible and nutritious. However, you should trim off the dry tips of the potatoes at each end.
How Can I Make These Sweet Potatoes Taste More Delicious?
You’re probably thinking, just sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt? That seems kind of boring.
Well, with the right amount of oil, salt, heat, and time, the sweet potatoes will roast and transform into brown, caramelized goodness.
But, there are surely ways to fancy up this recipe. Here are a few options:
Top with a tasty dressing – Make one of these 10 Healthy Homemade Dressings and pour over these sweet potatoes.
Smoked Paprika – Season with 2 tsp. of smoked paprika before roasting
Garlic and Sriracha – Toss roasted sweet potatoes while still warm with 1 clove of grated garlic and 1 tsp. of Sriracha
Pecans, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg – After roasting, combine with 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Season the potatoes and pecans with 1.5 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams (about 2-3), cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss sweet potatoes (or yams), olive oil, and salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, tossing every 15 minutes until sweet potatoes are browned and tender, 35-45 minutes.