Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Carbs are a runner’s best friend. But there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ carbs. Bad carbs are high in refined sugar, causing sugar crash fatigue, which is no good, especially if you are a long distance runner. An example of a ‘good’ carb for running are sweet potatoes and they should really be one of the staple foods for running.

Sweet potatoes are both healthy carbs and posses healing properties! I prefer sweet potatoes over regular potatoes because they simply taste better. But, sweet potatoes are also more nourishing than regular potatoes, too.

Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C, a trio of healthy compounds that improve adrenal gland function, revving your energy levels, helping you feel more up-beat and in the mood to run. So, if you are a fan of this flavorful potato like I am, here are super easy ways to cook sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Dinner Ideas

Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes

There’s no easier way to cook sweet potatoes than with the recipes I have listed below. They also make for a tasty muffin! Have fun and get cookin!

Sweet lemon potato chicken and kale via Cook Pad

Ground turkey sweet potato skillet via Primavera Kitchen

Sweet potato alfredo via Peas and Crayons

Perfect mashed sweet potatoes via Andie Mitchell

Baked sweet potato fried with avocado dipping sauce via Live Eat Learn

Honey cinnamon sweet potatoes via Rasa Malayasia

Flourless spinach quiche with sweet potato crust via Sweet as Honey

2 Ingredient sweet potato pancake via Pioneer Settler

Roasted Brussels sprouts, cinnamon, butternut squash with pecans and cranberries via Julia’s Album

Sweet potatoes banana bites via The Lean Green Bean

Sweet potato nacho via Slim Sanity

Ground turkey sweet potato stuffed peppers via Primavera Kitchen

Cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes via Little Bits Of

Sweet potato broccoli chicken bake via Simply Nourished Recipes

Sweet potato kale and shrimp skillet via Primavera Kitchen

Spiced-honey glazed chicken and sweet potato kebabs via Little Broken

Crock-pot sweet potato and black bean quinoa chili via Simply Qunioa

Healthy baked sweet potato chips via A Spicy Perspective

Sweet potato muffins with flax topping via Good in the Simple

Paleo turkey sweet potato chili via Kalyn’s Kitchen

Gluten-free sweet potato waffles via To Live & Diet in LA

Chicken, apple, sweet potato and Brussels sprouts skillet via Well Plated

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free healthy flourless sweet potato muffins via The Big Mans World

Maples glazed chicken with sweet potato via  The BHG

Healthy BBQ chicken on sweet potato pizza crust via The Soccer Mom Blog

Healthy black bean sweet potato burgers via Two Raspberries

Smokey sweet potato humus via Sweet Peas and Saffron

Sweet potato protein brownies via Fit Men Cook

Sweet potato lasagna via As Sweet As Pie Chef

Melting sweet potatoes via Dessert for Two

Melting sweet potato with pecan-maple sauce via Dessert for Two

Chili lime chicken and sweet potato skillet via Sweet Peas and Saffrom

Coconut oil roasted sweet potatoes via Eating Bird Food

Asparagus sweet potato chicken skillet via Primavera Kitchen

Zucchini sweet potato fitters via Becomingness

Spicy baked sweet potato wedges via Le Creme Da La Crumb

Maple glazed salmon with sweet potatoes and broccoli via My Recipe Magic

Sweet potato toast – 3 Ideas via Little Bits Of

Healthy sweet potato casserole vegan and gluten-free via Well Plated

Cinnamon vanilla sweet potato bites via He & She Eat Clean

Baked egg-stuffed sweet potatoes via Running with Spoons

Honey cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes via The Food Network

Warm quinoa sweet potato kale salad via Not Enough Cinnamon

Spicy roasted sweet potato kale salad via A Saucy Kitchen

Coconut curry with sweet potato noodles via Food Faith Fitness

3-ingredient flourless blonde sweet potato brownies via The Big Man’s World

Sweet potato noodles with veggies and avocado via Canadian Running Magazine

Sweet potato noodles with kale via West Bridgeford Wire

Coconut curry meatballs with sweet potato noodles via The Fitnessista

Soy-glazed sweet potatoes via Eating Well

Twice-roasted sweet potato with hot honey via bon appetit

Pesto orzo with sweet potatoes via Honest Cooking

Black beans with sweet potato via News Times

Sweet potato kebabs with mango bbq sauce via The Spendid Table

Creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce via Pinch of Yum

Roasted sweet potato and carrot soup via BBC Good Food

Sweet potato and cauliflower mash via the Fit Fork

Sweet potato chocolate tahini fudge via One Green Planet

Sweet potato and tuna salad (no mayo) via Eating Bird Food

5-ingredient slow-cooker chicken and sweet potato via The Food Network

Arugula sweet potato salad via NJJN

Sweet potato, kale quesadillas via A Beautiful Mess

I’m always adding new recipe ideas to the list, so be sure to check back for new sweet potato dinner ideas.

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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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