12 Recipes That Turn Sweet Potatoes into Dinner

updated May 1, 2019
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No matter what’s in my meal plan lineup for the week, there a 99 percent chance at least one meal involves sweet potatoes. These humble orange spuds are a blank canvas with chameleon-like ways to be worked into an endless variety of meals. But to narrow things down I’m sharing 12 of my favorites, including sweet potato fajitas, hummus bowls, and a veggie-friendly casserole.

On nights when comfort food is a must, pull out your 9×13-inch baking dish, because a sweet potato casserole is in order. Partner sweet potatoes with warm spices, black beans, and smoked mozzarella and they go from side dish to main course.

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Thick slices of roasted sweet potato dusted in cumin and smoked paprika have quickly become my favorite way to give fajitas a meat-free spin. They’re hearty, packed with flavor, and, best of all, come together on a single sheet pan.

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Grab this recipe when you need to give your regular sweet potato routine a total reboot. Inspired by hummus, tahini is swirled into mashed sweet potato for a nourishing one-bowl meal packed with legumes and veggies.

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This is how to do eggs for dinner when you really love sweet potatoes. Get a leg up by roasting a couple sweet potatoes and sautéing the kale in advance, so all that’s left to do come dinner time is assemble the casserole and bake.

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If you thought roasted sweet potatoes were amazing on their own, just wait until they’re tossed with a smoky, sweet sauce and partnered with juicy chicken thighs.

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While most sweet potato patties and burgers start with cooked and mashed potatoes, this version seriously cuts the prep time by using grated sweet potato instead.

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It is high time you introduce sweet potatoes to pasta night. Here they soften and melt into a creamy sauce, while a big handful of spinach keeps this dinner fresh.

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Proof you don’t really have to do a lot to turn a humble sweet potato into dinner. Stuffed with a mixture of spiced chickpeas and tomatoes, it’s a simple and totally satisfying easy weeknight dinner.

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This is a stew that is quick and straightforward enough to pull together at the end of a workday. The thick-cut chunks of sweet potato not only offer some heft to the stew, but their starchiness also makes for an extra-creamy sauce.

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Give a gift to your future self by making an extra-big batch of these veggie burgers and stashing them in the freezer. They last for months in the freezer and cook up in minutes on the stovetop.

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Sweet potatoes even have a place on pizza night. It’s a topping that lends itself to white pizza, gilded with a creamy layer of herbed ricotta and topped off with a handful of arugula.

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This soup is for the true sweet potato-lovers. Sweet spuds add a hearty texture and are blended into the broth for a lush, velvety-textured chowder. It’s the secret to a creamy chowder, with no cream necessary.