20 Dinners That All Start With Sweet Potatoes

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Oh, sweet potatoes — how we love you. You’re delicious and comforting and incredibly versatile. Basically, you’re the full package and, come this time of the year, we’re going to turn you into dinner as often as we can.

This collection of recipes shows off the sweet potato’s versatile side. Try it shaped into patties, stuffed into a hearty vegetarian sandwich, or cooked into a hash topped with a fried egg. If you’ve got a few sweet potatoes on hand, a hearty dinner is at your fingertips.

The simplest way to make a dinner salad more satisfying is to serve it warm. Here roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and shallots are tossed with baby kale while still hot so they wilt it slightly.

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Instead of leaning on cream, this chowder relies on lots of sweet potatoes to give it a velvety texture.

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Hearty enough to be a vegetarian main course, or made ahead and served as a snack, these popular chickpea patties are a great meal to always keep ingredients on hand for. They solve most dinner conundrums and please all of the preferences at the table.

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Roasted sweet potatoes are a meaty substitute for the usual chicken or steak in these colorful fajitas. Everything cooks together on one sheet pan to make both prep and cleanup extra easy.

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Fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, and smoked paprika join forces to create one seriously umami-rich casserole that’s completely vegetarian.

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Sandwiches for dinner might seem a little boring — that is, until you try this vegetarian sandwich combo. The peppery arugula and rich goat cheese are mellowed by the roasted sweet potato.

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You knew we couldn’t avoid having a recipe on this list that included mini marshmallows, right? This baked sweet potato isn’t all sugar — the filling is mixed with a generous dose of Sriracha.

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The beauty of mashed sweet potatoes is that they can be dressed up to suit each member of the family. This recipe includes a version for the parents and a version for toddlers who have just started eating solid foods. With sweet potatoes, everybody wins.

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Like traditional baked potatoes, the topping combinations for baked sweet potatoes are seemingly endless. We have a soft spot for this version that gets a nutritional boost from the rainbow chard and pomegranate arils, and a sweetness from the coconut flakes.

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Why settle for disappointing store-bought veggie burgers when this sweet potato version is so easy to make? We recommend making a double batch so you can freeze the extras and have an easy meal whenever you want.

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You might be more accustomed to seeing butternut squash made into a soup, but once you try this sweet potato version, we’re betting you’ll put the butternut squash on the back burner. With a hit of umami from the miso and a bit of spice from the ginger, this is the perfect creamy soup to kick off the fall season.

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The sweet potato doesn’t always have to be the star of the show — take this recipe, for example. When combined with cheese tortellini and a healthy dose of wilted spinach (or your other favorite hearty greens), the sweet potato is totally a team player.

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This is one of those breakfast-for-dinner situations, but unlike with pancakes, your stomach won’t be growling as you crawl into bed. The combination of sweet potatoes, onions, and rosemary is the perfect sweet-savory balance, and adding chorizo and eggs just tips the scales into delicious.

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If you need to take dinner on the go (hello, school year filled with afternoon and evening activities), this veggie-filled pocket is a no-brainer. Make a double batch to keep in your freezer and you’ll be set for next week’s surprises.

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Sweet potatoes are by far one of our favorite ingredients to add to a pot of chili. And while you can simply add some to your go-to recipe, this version with coriander, cilantro, and chili powder is perfectly suited to the earthy sweetness of the sweet potato.

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This simple recipe is suitable for either a main course or as a party appetizer depending on what your evening holds. If you don’t have any on hand, you can skip the thyme or substitute another herb.

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Yes, sweet potatoes and lima beans seem like an unlikely combination, but trust us — this soup is one you don’t want to miss. The lima beans add a buttery note, despite the fact that this soup is completely vegan.

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Sweet potatoes and pesto are another unlikely combination, but these whole-wheat wraps are just what you need for an easy weeknight meal. In fact, we’d recommend freezing a couple for those harried nights when cooking just isn’t an option.

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White beans and kale are a classic dinner combination, and they are the perfect topping for a baked sweet potato. Finish things off with a healthy drizzle of olive oil.

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This hearty skillet filled with colorful veggies comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking store-bought gnocchi.

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