Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite storage crops. Despite their name they are actually low on the glycemic index and quite versatile. I’ve used them to make anything from a roasted root vegetable dish to chocolate chip cookies. Their amazing ability to store and vast range in the kitchen make them a food I rarely go without.
This year we decided to try growing our very first crop of sweet potatoes. Once we realized what kind of summer we were in for we thought it would be a massive failure. However, despite the extremely wet and cold conditions we had a decent crop! I can’t wait to dive into our own sweet potatoes for cooking and baking.
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Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Even if you have no plans on growing sweet potatoes, you should still add them to your weekly grocery list. They are one of the healthiest foods you could add to you meal rotation and I’ll tell you why.
- high levels of beta-carotene
- best absorbed when you pair sweet potatoes with a fat source (hence the coconut milk in this recipe)
- excellent source of vitamin A
- anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory in nature
- due to their high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin C and magnesium
- incredibly high in fibre which aids in digestion
- helps boost your immunity
- due to vitamin C, complex B vitamins, iron and phosphorus
- contains anti-carcinogenic properties
- highly beneficial for diabetes
- effective at regulating blood sugar levels and helping to ensure proper secretion of insulin
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
This slow cooker sweet potato soup is one of my favourite dinners for when I am short on time… or motivation. Yesterday I was feeling under the weather and honouring my need for rest I decided to take it easy for dinner. With little more than ten minutes I had dinner going and my butt parked on the couch with tea and an indulgence in Netflix.
I highly recommend you make this soup with homemade bone broth if you can (read about all of their benefits here). If not store-bought chicken or vegetable stock can be easily substituted. I also recommend getting a good quality coconut milk – this one is my favourite because it’s high quality and there is no BPA in the can. But you can also substitute heavy cream if you would prefer.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy dinner!
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