Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potatoes and Apples

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Loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, sweet potatoes are one best veggies you can eat – and they’re yummy, too! In this healthy recipe, we bake and then mix them with sliced apples for extra moisture and sweetness.

Makes 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
3 York or Stayman apples, unpeeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, cook unpeeled potatoes in boiling water for 25 minutes. In a medium skillet, over high heat, heat apples and orange juice with ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and cook until apples soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover and reduce heat; simmer apples a few minutes longer. Peel and slice cooked sweet potatoes and add to apple mixture. Mix gently and heat thoroughly. Makes 6 servings.

Healthy eating tip: the difference between yams and sweet potatoes

Yams, one of the most important food crops in the tropics, originate from Asia and Africa.  They’re used as a starch and are distinguished by their thick skin and white, purple or orange flesh.

Sweet potatoes come in two main varieties and are what most American eat.  The one most responsible for the confusion is a dark-skinned kind, which has a sweet orange flesh similar to that of a yam. The other type of sweet potato has a tan skin and dry yellow flesh.

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