From 3-ingredient Sweet Potato Dip to 5-minute soup to a surprise, think outside the marshmallow casserole, canned sweet potatoes deliver on versatile, taste and nutrition.
Disclosure: I was asked to write about some of Aldi’s holiday items; and as a long-time Aldi shopper, I was happy to oblige. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.
How do you loose your love of ooey-gooey marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole?
How does that happen?
When I was a kid, that ubiquitous hot dish not only graced our Thanksgiving table – but many a Sunday ham dinners too. I’m not saying I’d never eat it (although the thought does make my teeth a little achey) but here’s the thing, there are about 500 other ways I find more delicious to eat sweet potatoes. After canned beans, they are my favorite canned fruit/veggie.
A dietitian’s favorite veggie is the sugar-y-packed canned sweet potato?
Yes and this is why:
A serving of sweet potatoes has:
- 180% of the recommended amount of vitamin A – which is a vitamin many Americans don’t eat enough.
- 1 gram of fiber (but that can be bumped way up by adding toppers like nuts and dried fruit.)
- Kid appeal: Naturally sweet (plus a bit of syrup sweetness) and soft enough for your kid who wants to “cut it myself.”
- Ultimate convenience – Just open the can, drain, rinse and serve hot or cold.
So, what brand of sweet potatoes to buy?
Well, lately, I’ve been doing the majority of my shopping at my local Aldi store. So, my sweet potatoes are from Aldi – as are a LOT of the products in my pantry and fridge. And so, when Aldi approached me to write a few blog posts AND, get this: Visit their test kitchen, this food-loving dietitian was totally #GeekedOut!
Now, here are just 5 of the 500 things to make with canned sweet potatoes along with some of the best “Switch & Save” bargain ingredients I’ve found at Aldi. For all the recipes below, drain and rinse sweet potatoes first.
Sweet Potato Dip – Mash canned sweet potatoes + a couple tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt + a few shakes of cinnamon and/or smoked paprika; serve with these sweet peppers or my absolute favorite Aldi exclusive product: Peanut Puffs. If you’re gonna eat a chip, eat these. A one cup serving has 140 calories and 4 grams of protein; ingredients are just corn, peanuts, sunflower oil and salt.
Kids’ Lunchbox Surprise – Sweet potatoes + dried cranberries + raisins + walnuts. It counts as a dessert and a veggies in both my AND my kids’ eyes.
Sweet Potato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons – Substitute 2 cans of sweet potatoes for the roasted sweet potatoes, which shortens the cooking time to this ultimate comfort-food recipe.
African Peanut Stew – Again, peanut butter and sweet potatoes are ALWAYS a good combo. Just swap in a can of sweet potatoes. They will fall apart during cooking and make the soup thick and creamy.
Donation to your local food pantry – This time of year, there are lots of canned food drives; donate nutrient-rich foods like sweet potatoes, tuna, canned chicken and more shelf stable fruit like oranges or grapefruit.
Now since I’m headed for my ‘insiders tour’ of Aldi tomorrow, what would you like to know from the sommelier? Are you a canned sweet potato fan?