Baking with the Sweetest

Still have the baking urge post-holidays? Though your sugar cravings might have subsided after all those cookies, it doesn’t mean you have to put down the spatula.

Yes, it’s true – some of our favorite baked goods include frosting and sprinkles. But we’re here to tell you that baking can be healthy. Where there’s a whisk, there’s a way. After all, an apron is just a cape on backwards. And truly, isn’t life what you bake of it? We could keep going.

Let’s stop hatin’ and start bakin’, you whisk-takers. Ok…we’re done.

  • Sweet Potato Date Scone – Created by Morning Glory Bakes in our 2011 Sweet n’ Healthy Blogger Recipe Contest, these deliciously healthy scones are still one of our tried & true favorites. Sweetened naturally with dates and yours truly, these scones will be your new breakfast staple. scones
  • Sweet Potato Blueberry Breakfast Bars – Anyone who’s super awesome deserves this super food breakfast. And yes, we mean you! Physical Kitchness blended two of our favorites and yet, unexpected pairings: sweet potatoes and blueberries. Give it a try!blueberry-sweet-potato
  • Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – No judgement. Not one ounce. Eat those cookies for breakfast, ya’ll! We commend you, My Whole Food Life – you know how to start the day right! sp-cookies
  • 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Brownies – For those who need their daily chocolate fix, try these dense and creamy brownies. The best part is how easy they are – all you need is sweet potatoes, almonds, oats, cocoa powder and sugar. And truly, how could we discuss baking without a mention of chocolate. brownieWhat type of goodies are you baking this January? Be sure to show us some love on social, we love seeing your delicious creations!

New Year, New You with the Sweetest!

It’s that time of year again y’all: salads, workout classes and the countless promises to be a healthier person. So often it seems like come February, we just give up on these goals when the going gets tough or if we don’t see results fast enough. But truth is, being healthy shouldn’t be a fad, it should be a lifestyle! We personally think one of the best ways to do that is adding in more nutritious fruits and veggies – like yours truly! – into your diet to keep you fuller longer. Take a look below at some of our favorite ways to add sweet potatoes to every meal, to make sure you keep that resolution going all year!

Paleo Leftover Turkey Sweet Potato Frittata

Rise and shine! Start your morning off right with this dish. A little bit of sweet, savory and a whole lot of deliciousness, this recipe from Bless Her Heart, Y’all had us at hello!

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Sweet Potato Falafel

RD-approved and perfect for everyone in their busy lives, these little sweet potato falafels are best when tucked into a pita pocket and topped with tahini. Whoever said your brown bag lunch had to be boring?

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

There’s a reason why y’all have been seeing ‘Buddha bowls’ just about everywhere – because they’re just so delicious! This one comes from Minimalist Baker, and we think it’s just what we need to have the perfect balance of healthy and delicious.

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Good luck to everyone with their New Year goals! Remember, sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and versatile to every meal. Take pictures of your healthy sweet potato ideas and tag us on social media at @sweet_taters!

Have a Sweet & Spooky Halloween

Halloween: an evening with candy by the handfuls and lots of cute (or scary) costumes. Make yours ghoulishly good, but also have some healthy-ish snacks on hand. That’s where our sweet taters come in. Take a peek at some delicious, guilt-free Halloween treats to enjoy over the next few days!

We like to make our food fun ‘round here, so we’re serving up these Sweet Potato Halloween Fries from Tablespoon. These taters are also baked so they’re healthier than your normal fries and certainly more so than the usual Halloween candy!

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What else? Take a look at this delicious idea from Food52 to whip up a killer sheet cake with sweet potato frosting. It’s perfect for any Halloween gathering and the frosting is so easy to make with just two ingredients.

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And last, we’re lovin’ this scary Sweet Potato Milkshake from Artsy Momma.  It’s a great way to get those veggies in, but in a shake everyone will adore.

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Stay sweet this Halloween and remember to tag us in your sweet potato pictures, at @Sweet_taters!

2017 Annual Meeting of Membership

email-blast-card-4PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

January 19, 2017

Please join us as we enter our 57th year of serving North Carolina’s sweet potato growers.  We look forward to even more success in providing new information and perspectives for our industry.

Location:

Sampson County Agri-Expo Center

414 Warsaw Road

Clinton, NC  28328

2017 Annual Meeting Registration

Deadline: January 9, 2017

To better serve you and ensure shorter registration lines, please return the Registration Form, link below, to Cindy Vanderhoof at the NCSPC Office no later than January 9, 2017.

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

700E. Parrish Drive, Suite C, Benson, NC  27504

accounting@ncsweetpotatoes.com

Phone (919) 894-1067 • Fax (919) 894-7018

Please click here for the downloadable Registration Form

Program Topics

  • State of the Industry
  • Domestic & International Promotions
  • Crisis Management
  • State & National Updates
  • Black Rot Update

2017 Annual Meeting Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities

Please consider joining us as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 57th Annual Meeting of Membership to be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 8:00am until 2:00pm.  Financial support from partners like you has enabled the NC SweetPotato Commission to provide our membership with industry-relevant information, programs and events.  As we enter our 57th year of serving North Carolina’s sweet potato growers, we look forward to even more success in providing new information and perspectives for our industry.

The Sampson County Agri-Expo Center allows us the opportunity to offer more space to you to communicate the importance of your business to our industry.  Each exhibit space will be provided with one 6 foot table and two chairs for exhibiting in the network area.

For more information, please click here for our downloadable Sponsor Form and Exhibitor Application

#SweetShortcuts

Between work, social lives and just gettin’ some rest, sometimes it feels like having well-balanced meals aren’t an option.  But once again, sweet potatoes are here to save the day! We’ve rounded up the best #SweetShortcuts to make life a little bit easier and definitely more delicious.

bfast-potatoesCarrots ‘N’ Cake has a simple & easy way to give a kick to your ordinary potato hash! Featuring a mix of russet & sweet potatoes and garnished with steak seasoning, this big batch can last you through the entire week in any meal of the day. Crack an egg on top for breakfast or add to a veggie bowl for lunch or dinner. No time? No worries!

sp-burritoWe know meal-prep is all the rage these days, so we couldn’t help but want to share Kim’s Cravings‘ Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos that are freezer-friendly. Got about an hour to spare on the weekend? Make these little guys, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. They’ll be waiting for you on your busiest morning when you’re on-the-go!

For more quick and easy ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, take a look at our “How-to” page! From cutting to baking, microwaving or  grilling, there’s so many ways to prep these spuds for a fast meal!

What are some of your favorite #SweetShortcuts? Tag us in your ideas for a chance to be featured for our #WhatWeDig!

A Better Butter for Fall

With Labor Day over and autumn approaching, spbutterearly September is the perfect time to start introducing fall flavors.

While many have heard of pumpkin butter, some are surprised to hear about sweet potato butter. Oh my, oh my – autumn in a jar! The best part? This butter is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. Mix up mashed sweet potatoes, lemon juice, honey and a few warm spices for a new addictive condiment that will have you eating by the spoonful before you can stop yourself!

Trying to restrain from devouring the whole jar in one sitting? We know the struggle is real, so we’ve rounded-up 3 yummy ways to eat your sweet potato butter this fall.

  1. Sweet Potato WafflesSpicy Southern Kitchen‘s breakfast special adds a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to enhance the flavor of the sweet potatoes and “make the waffles taste like fall on a plate.” Add a dollop of sweet potato butter to make this a spud-tastic meal! sweet-potato-waffles-5
  2. Green Apple & Sweet Potato Butter Sandwich – A big YES to Joy of Kosher‘s creamy & crunchy sandwich creation. The tart apple paired with the rich butter makes this recipe a home run in our book!sp sandwich
  3. The Ultimate Autumn Cheese Plate – As recommended by Martha Stewart, adding something sweet to your platter complements the saltiness of cheese. Our recommendation? Top your cracker with a layer of sweet potato butter, tangy goat cheese & a pecan for a little crunch! cheese plate

Any way you spread, layer, scoop or spoon it – this sweet potato butter is the perfect fall accompaniment to any dish. Don’t forget to share how you’re enjoying your sweet potatoes this season by tagging @sweet_taters!

Good Morning Sunshine!

cereal 2For all of our breakfast lovers, boy oh boy do we have some sweet news for you! Sure, y’all have heard of sweet potato smoothies, sweet potato hash and now the sweet potato toast trend, but sweet potato cereal?! Kashi has just unveiled our newest obsession: Sweet Potato Sunshine cereal. Talk about having sweet taters for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

This cereal packs that nutritional punch that you need to start your morning. Full of potassium, Vitamin A, fiber (and a hint of cinnamon!), Sweet Potato Sunshine is sure to make even the grumpiest of night owls into glowing early birds! Not to mention, this cereal is organic, vegan AND made from North Carolina Sweet Potatoes. What’s not to love?

So go ahead and treat yourself to a special little breakfast this morning. We already know we’ll be topping our bowls with strawberries, blueberries and maybe a little honey! How about you? Remember to tag us in your sweet potato pictures with @sweet_taters to share your inspiration!

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Berry Sweet Potato Smoothie

Recipe developed by Veronica Shah of Healthsomeness 

smoothie_recipe (3)Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato, cooked, peeled
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

1. To prepare, add the coconut water into a blender followed by the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 20–30 seconds, until smooth. Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 1 smoothie

A berry tasty sweet potato smoothie

Guest post written by Veronica Shah of Healthsomeness 

smoothie_recipe (1)Smoothies have got to be one of the easiest and quickest types of recipes to prepare. All you need is some fruits, some vegetables and a liquid to mix everything up. Because of the different types of ingredients that you can add to them, smoothies are very nutritious and there are dozens of healthy & delicious smoothie recipes available.

Many people don’t think of adding sweet potatoes to smoothies, but they don’t know what they are missing out on! Thanks to its natural sugars and unique taste, the sweet tater adds a delicious twist to any blender creation.

When using sweet potato in a smoothie, you want to first make sure it is cooked, peeled and cooled before adding it in. You can cook the potato any way you like – bake, steam or microwave. The power of your blender’s blades will determine if you need to cut the potato into smaller pieces or whether you can add it in whole.

smoothie_recipe (3)This Berry Tasty Sweet Potato Smoothie recipe has the following ingredients in it:

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries to be precise. Berries go well in just about any smoothie and using them frozen helps to make beverages thick and frothy, much like milkshakes. Antioxidants and berries go hand-in-hand and because of this they are considered to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet.
  • 1/2 cup of sweet potato, cooked – A half cup serving of sweet potato will provide you with plenty of Vitamin A, which plays a vital role in vision, bone development and immune function. Sweet potatoes also provide you with vitamin C, manganese, fiber and antioxidants!
  • 1/2 frozen banana – Thanks to their sweetness, bananas are a very popular smoothie ingredient. When selecting them, go for the ones that have bright yellow skins with small black spots on them. These are the ones that are not too raw and not too ripe – they are just right.
  • 1 cup of spinach – If someone handed you this smoothie without you knowing what was in it, you most likely wouldn’t be able to guess that there’s a whole cup of spinach in it! The pigments from the berries disguise it completely. A one cup serving of spinach has only 7 calories in it and is made up of more than 90% water. Despite this, it is very nutrient dense; one cup will provide you with lots of vitamin K which helps to promote bone density and strength.
  • 1 cup of coconut water – Coconut water is a fantastic source of electrolytes, which is why it is sometimes drunk in place of sports drinks by athletes. Use coconut water straight out of the refrigerator to ensure that the smoothie is nice and cold when you sip it.
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – Cinnamon and sweet potatoes work so deliciously together. The oils found in this spice give it that lovely aroma we all know very well. Cinnamon contains substances that have medicinal properties and studies have shown that it acts as an anti-inflammatory and could protect against cancer.
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds – Last, but not least, add some chia seeds to your smoothie for a little extra fiber and a small dose of protein. You can use any type of seed that you like, including flax, pumpkin and sunflower.

To prepare, add the coconut water into a blender followed by the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 20–30 seconds, until smooth. Enjoy!

Remember to tag @sweet_taters in your sweet potato smoothie experimentations and we may feature your delicious image!