Why You Should Make a Batch of Sweet Potatoes at the Beginning of the Week
Along with hard-boiled eggs and a pot of beans, the one thing I always make at the beginning of the week is a big batch of baked sweet potatoes. Of all the prepped foods that make the week a little easier, this vibrant orange root vegetable is the MVP. It is a blank canvas full of potential for a simple side dish that’s ready to be eaten as is; a quick fix to bulk up salads, grain bowls, and eggs; or, with a simple upgrade, it can be a meal in itself.
Cook Once, Save Time All Week
If your weeknights are anything like mine, dinner prep has a way of becoming a hurried affair. I will happily take advantage of anything I can do to speed things along or make in advance including baking a batch of sweet potatoes.
At 45 minutes to an hour of cook time, cooking up a few of these spuds isn’t something I necessarily have time for if I want to get dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. And that cook time definitely doesn’t fly at breakfast time. So instead of cooking sweet potatoes one at a time, right when I’m ready to eat them, I cook enough for the week and stash them in the fridge until I’m ready for one.
Learn more: How To Make Baked Sweet Potatoes
A Place at the Table Any Time of Day
Part of the beauty of sweet potatoes is their versatility. A dinnertime side dish is just one of so many roles they can play. These sweet spuds have a place on the table from breakfast through dessert. It’s all about how you serve them and what you pair them with.
When it comes to breakfast, a whole baked sweet potato is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with your favorite toppings. Give it a quick reheat in the toaster oven (or regular oven), and pile on things like yogurt and nuts, mashed banana, fresh berries, mashed avocado, granola, or an egg.
Make It a Meal with an Instant Upgrade
On its own a baked sweet potato makes a hearty side, but stuff it with anything from veggies to beans to ground meat, and all of a sudden it’s transformed into a meal. It’s the miracle meal that comes together with minimal prep and effort, and gets on the table fast.