As we see it, there are three staple vegetables in paleo cooking that replace refined and grain based carbohydrate foods. While cauliflower is a substitute for rice and zucchini is a perfect spaghetti and noodle alternative, sweet potato replaces everything else. It’s a truly vesatile vegetable so it’s about time that we’ve done a round up of our favourite paleo sweet potato recipes.
Sweet potatoes (or kumara for our NZ friends) may be avoided by the super strict low carb Paleo followers – sure, they are a starchy vegetable rich in complex carbohydrates – but they contain loads of fibre, which means the carbs are slow releasing and they are also packed with vitamins and minerals (including vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium and manganese). Around here we consider them a delicious and nutritious “safe starch” to enjoy in moderation.
Sweet potatoes come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours – white, purple and the more common orange. They are super versatile and can be cooked in so many different ways – baked, steamed, boiled, fried and even snuck into baking! You can use them to bulk up salads and also to replace white potato in most recipes. You can also sprialise or grate them to make noodles, ‘rice’, rosti, burger buns, and even waffles!
Here are some of our favourite Paleo sweet potato recipes for you to try.
Baked Hassleback Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Aioli from Blissful Basil
“Loaded” Baked Sweet Potato from The Domestic Man
Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Boats from I Quit Sugar
Or perhaps these Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Living Loving Paleo
Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potato with Maple Balsamic Glaze from Downshiftology
Harissa Spices Sweet Potatoes by Eat Your Beets
Sweet Potato Fried Rice from Inspiralized
‘Not Dogs’ – My Food Religion’s reinvention of the classic hot dog
Sweet Potato and Kale Rosti with Baked Eggs from Paleo With Mrs P
Salt and Pepper Sweet Potato Fries from Hollywood Homestead
Sweet Potato Waffles from Well Fed 2 – a delicious alternative to bread!
Sweet Potato & Sage Pancakes (Nut Free) by Living Loving Paleo
As the carb component in these Mexican Naked Burritos
Sweet Potato Turkey Burger Sliders from Sweet Treats & More
Cider-Stewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers
Sweet Potato and Kale Colcannon – the perfect comfort food
Sweet Potato Apple Hash from Paleo Parents
Bacon, Caramelsed, Onion & Sweet Potato Perogies from Predominantly Paleo
Paleo Chocolate Brownies (the secret veggie ingredient!)
Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Yogurt and Blueberries from Comfort Bites
Fudgy Sweet Potato Truffles from Eat Recycle Repeat
More sweet potato recipes
Roasted Sweet Potato Puree With Orange, Coconut & Ginger from And Here We Are
Bacon, Lime & Sweet Potato Salad by Empowered Sustenance
Greek Style Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic by Colorful Eats Nutrition
Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin from Meatified
Sweet Potato Chicken Soup from Grass Fed Girl
Spiralizer Sweet Potato Hash Breaky from Simple Roots Wellness
Sweet Potato Molasses Cookies from Paleo Gone Sassy