Sweet potato gratin| Simple & Healthy inspiration

Since I’ve cut out chocolate and unbeknown to me, increased my sugar intake ten fold! Ugh. I swapped from chocolate and sweet treats to tonnes of fruit! So this week I’ve been looking towards cutting back on my fruit intake and introducing more ‘sweet’ veggies into my diet.

That’s where this beautiful sweet potato gratin comes in. It’s going to add vegetables where I’d have substituted chips or even fruit. Now, don’t get this recipe confused.

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I am here to inspire you. It doesn’t need to be flashy, or complicated and it certainly doesn’t need to be expensive.It just needs to be healthy.

It’s all I ever ask of you! So no more excuses of “I don’t have time” or “We don’t have the money” or even “I don’t enjoy healthy food”. Sweet potatoes are quick, cheap and tasty, so having a healthy dinner or lunch just isn’t an excuse any more.

We eat sweet potatoes daily in my household, mostly mashed but we sometimes have them in wedges, baked. I needed something new! I bought some new Mini Casserole Dishes, how gorgeous are they? I thought for £1 they’re not bad and I can fill them with a tonne of different goodies, pie fillings, curries, stews. What about sweet potato. There’s always room for a ‘weetie tato’

As always, I like to make my recipes as simple and as easy to follow as possible so people at all kitchen skill-levels can get involved and eat something healthy.

 

[yumprint-recipe id=’6′]For 1 portion they’re only 112 calories that’s;
0.1g of fat! 5g of natural sugar, 4g Fibre, 2g Protein per serving along with Vitamins* A, B-6 and Magnesium!

Or ; 1 Slice of bread, 1 takeout coffee, a large banana,  What does 100 calories look like?

Along with these being healthy and amazingly tasty, they’re also packed full of fibre, protein and sweet enzymes, the good stuff, that gets your brain working!

*Vitamin A is 360% of your RDA! The vitamins I’ve included show upto 20% of your RDA per portion, however there are tonnes of other benefits in sweet potatoes!

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The best thing is you can swap out any your starchy sides for sweet potato, from pasta and cous-cous to rice sides and even chips! Sweet potato covers all the basis and stops any cravings you might have for the ‘naughty’ hit you’d normally get from chips.

So, I’ve baked mine for a crispy top and soft centred side-dish but you can eat sweet potato;

  • layered with tomatoes and basil, as a lasagne
  • Mashed as a side, or as a topping to your Shepard’s pies!
  • Chipped, wedged and baked.
  • Crisped, Slice them thinly and pop into the oven on high!

They’re so versatile!

Remember, this isn’t a recipe. (I’m not that crazy to have written up a recipe for a sweet potato). This is just a healthy and inspirational alternative to your junk-food sides! 

So what do you think? Will you be adding sweet potatoes to your shopping list?

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10 Comments

  1. 25/07/2016 / 2:12 am

    Hi there, I read your new stuff regularly. Your story-telling
    style is witty, keep it up!

  2. 02/07/2016 / 1:12 pm

    I’ve tried Duolingo but I’m not too sure on it. I like the variety of languages available (I tried out Danish) but I find it tries to overload you with grammatical nuances before teaching useful basics and phrases first which puts me off. Maybe that’s just the Danish version though – it is a difficult language to pick up apparently! Sounds like it’s much more helpful for Spanish!

    • PurelyAmy
      04/07/2016 / 11:14 am

      It does spend ALOT of time on the basic formations of words, but that’s to make sure you know how to form sentences when it gives you the words to fill in the blanks. I’m around 6 weeks in now and I’m only just learning connective words (have, go, want) . It’s been brilliant for me though!

  3. 01/07/2016 / 2:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn a language and this looks like a fun and easy way to do it – thanks for sharing x

  4. Jennifer Durrans
    01/07/2016 / 2:36 pm

    Spanish is such a cool lagnuage!!! This is really interesting and a good language to know!!!

  5. 10/03/2016 / 2:08 pm

    I’ve cut out chocolate too but I moved into nuts instead 🙂

  6. Roxie
    09/03/2016 / 11:44 am

    I love sweet potatoes, I don’t know why I don’t eat more of them. I will pin this recipe to use later.

  7. 09/03/2016 / 11:42 am

    I need to buy some sweet potatoes as I love making wedges with them. I always make my own chips just from potatoes rather than shop bought ones but these are even better. x

    • 09/03/2016 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks Rhian! I hope more people start using them up, they’re such a great replacement! x

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