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Old 11-23-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
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Sweet Potatoes?

I think my 'treat' for Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a sweet potato....along with the monster ribeye. Anybody else eat sweet potatoes?? Are they good?? How do you prepare?? How did you 'react'...This will be a relatively high carb item for me....thx!
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:46 AM   #2
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I think they are best scrubbed, cut into large chunks, and roasted with salt, pepper, and butter or coconut oil. Roast until nice and brown along the cut edges and tender in the middle.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:47 AM   #3
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You can cook a sweet potato the same way you cook a baking potato: baked, fried, mashed, etc. There's also a very high carb way to mash them and add marshmallows - probably not what you want.

With a ribeye, I think I'd prefer it baked with butter and salt. My daughter loved sweet potato fries.

I haven't had one since LCing. No reaction to report.
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My favorite way is baked like a potato, split open and doused with maple syrup; grade B or grade C if you can find it. And then doused with butter.

Another favorite way is to put it in the smoker over hickory until it's cooked and then douse with butter.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:13 AM   #5
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You can also cut up in strips, like french fries, and spray with olive oil, or any oil really, and roast at a high temp, 450 or so, and they crisp up like fries! I actually like them on the sweet side, so I sprinkle them with a Splenda/Cinammon mix. YUM!
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:18 AM   #6
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I like them just baked and then split and buttered, salt and pepper. They have such an amazing flavor on their own, no need to tinker much. Oh and eat the skin, very nutrient dense
My family ruins them by making the casserole with syrup, sugar and marshmallows. Just ick to me lol.
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Peel, cut into wedges, olive oil, salt, and sprinkle with cayenne (sp?) pepper, roast high in oven 425 or 450 until tender in middle. YUM!
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:09 AM   #8
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I think they are best scrubbed, cut into large chunks, and roasted with salt, pepper, and butter or coconut oil. Roast until nice and brown along the cut edges and tender in the middle.
This is my favorite way of eating them too. YUM.

But I really love sweet potatoes, and I have them several times a week. It's my second complex carb of choice, oats being first.

You can't go wrong having a wholesome, nutritent-loaded complex carb a few times a week, EVEN WHILE LOW CARBING, and esp if you have taken up an exercise program. Your body will love you and RESPOND favorably to this added choice.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you...


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I think my 'treat' for Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a sweet potato....along with the monster ribeye. Anybody else eat sweet potatoes?? Are they good?? How do you prepare?? How did you 'react'...This will be a relatively high carb item for me....thx!
I have sweet potato once in a while.

Oven fries are great with ribeye, slice in thin fry shapes brush with melted butter and a bit of sea salt on a sheet pan not touching and in the oven till nicely brown to your liking. Baked is also great, I love the crispy skin with the the dense sweet interior with lots of butter. This year I'm making a casserole with pumpkin and cubes of cooked sweet potato mixed with eggs butter and spices and a touch of sweetener with a nut topping just kinda winging it, I'm trying to cut the carbs a bit because of everything else. I guess it would be kinda a souffle. My blood glucose is good with eating them. They take a bit longer to cook than regular potatoes I guess because they're so dense so plan accordingly. When baking I use a wood skewer to test for doneness. If the skewer goes all the way through easily it's done. If you bake you'll need to wrap in foil or put on a sheet pan they sometimes release liquid while cooking that will fill up the house with smoke when it drips on the oven floor, not that I would know or anything.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:55 AM   #10
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I have had sweet potato twice since starting in March. They do not kick me out of ketosis or cause me to gain. (I didn't eat a whole potato though). I bake it, peel it, mash it up with butter, a few drops of stevia and some cinnamon. YUM!
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OMG, now that I'm over the shock that you've apparently never eaten a sweet potato... They're yummy! Mom is baking them, she was going to use butter, cinnamon and sugar on them, but I told her she should use butter, splenda and sugar instead. There's diabetics that will be there, so it's not just me that I was worried about.
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I don't like my sweet potatoes "sweet"....I like them with butter, salt and pepper.....yumm yummmm!!
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OMG, now that I'm over the shock that you've apparently never eaten a sweet potato... They're yummy!
I know, right????

I SOOOO prefer sweet potatoes over a russet potato, especially sweet potato fries (baked of course).
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We love to cut them in strips (fries), put them in a ziplock with a little olive oil and seasonings to coat them, and then bake them. They are yummy, healthy, and don't seem to have a negative affect on us as far as weight loss.
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I think it is a great idea! I think it is the best starch choice since I don't do wheat or any other starches (corn tortillas once in a while). I will have one after intense training. So I say enjoy with your ribeye.
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I wash mine well, stab them to vent hot air, and wrap them in tinfoil and bake them, skin and all, at 350F until they are soft. I then eat them, skin and all, with lots of butter. The skin is delicious, as well as full of great nutrients.
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Rub skin with olive oil or butter. Wrap in wax paper and pop it in the microwave till tender. Add salt and butter to taste.
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I wash mine well, stab them to vent hot air, and wrap them in tinfoil and bake them, skin and all, at 350F until they are soft. I then eat them, skin and all, with lots of butter. The skin is delicious, as well as full of great nutrients.
Yep!!!Sweet and simple.
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I haven't eaten a sweet potato since the day my Aunt Joanie served me candied sweet potatoes at the tender age of 5 (I despised them). My mother never made them, and now that I'm LC I have no reason to try them again. There are enough other Thanksgiving foods that I love and will be avoiding (mashed potatoes and stuffing being the main culprits) that I'll give thanks that I have no desire for sweet potatoes! My 17 year old daughter likes them, though. She stabs them with a fork, microwaves them the same way you would a regular potato, and eats them with lots of butter and some salt.
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Hey!!This is going to be my "one" side that I have not had for a long time! I'm going to enjoy it and the weather will be brisk and sunny so, I will get out for a few extra miles! Not going to worry about it--NOT a trigger (sugar going into the bloodstream and causing cravings for more sweets) if you keep them simple! Enjoy your dinner A.P.
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I think they are best scrubbed, cut into large chunks, and roasted with salt, pepper, and butter or coconut oil. Roast until nice and brown along the cut edges and tender in the middle.
This is actually how I do them too. Sometimes I use olive oil for different flavor or I use an herb or a spice along with the salt / pepper. Yesterday for our early Thanksgiving, I sprinkled them with some thyme.

I've actually never had "sweet" sweet potatoes. My family ate them a lot when I was growing up but we made them the same way we made baked potatoes.
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This is actually how I do them too. Sometimes I use olive oil for different flavor or I use an herb or a spice along with the salt / pepper. Yesterday for our early Thanksgiving, I sprinkled them with some thyme.

I've actually never had "sweet" sweet potatoes. My family ate them a lot when I was growing up but we made them the same way we made baked potatoes.
I love them this way too, so good! I like to use ground cumin and butter.
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Omg...i had half of the smallest sweet potato i could find. cooked like baked potato...no salt,butter...nothing.....SOOOOOO good!...tasted like a dessert...no b.s....unbelievable.....yum...thx
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Off topic somewhat, but I had some of that land of lakes whipped butter you mentioned in another thread on a sweet potato today and found it to be very hard to spread. Did I buy the same thing you bought I wonder??
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Off topic somewhat, but I had some of that land of lakes whipped butter you mentioned in another thread on a sweet potato today and found it to be very hard to spread. Did I buy the same thing you bought I wonder??
Yeah, is hard to spread if refrigerated....I fill up a Dish with a lid and leave it out on countertop....or just zap container in microwave for 10 secs.
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I try to remember to take the Land of Lakes butter out when I start cooking so that it's soft and spreadable by mealtime.

Here's what I did yesterday: I had an acorn squash, a butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. I microwaved the squashes for about 3 minutes each to soften them and then I sliced everything in 1" rounds. I roasted them in coconut oil, salt and pepper until soft and slightly carmalized on the edges.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

This is a great once a year indulgence.

I was LC for the rest of the meal with game hens (we don't like Turkey), roasted cauliflower, sugar free cranberry sauce, and a low carb chocolate muffin with whipping cream. Very tasty satisfying meal--did not feel deprived in the least.
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This is pretty much my only higher carb splurge I allow myself to have.
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Gotta get sweet potatoes on my next shopping trip.
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They are really good...but I actually find that pumpkin tastes very similar if roasted properly and eaten with butter and salt...and its is lower carb!
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