Roasted sweet potatoes big in fresh spicy flavor


Lighten up for spring! Home cook Carol White breaths new life into her family’s Candied Sweet Potato recipe. A mix of garlic, ginger, cinnamon, chili powder and nutmeg add oomph.

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp agave nectar

Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tbsp)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 c fresh scallions, chopped for garnish


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cooking spray lightly on a large foil-lined baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, agave nectar, lime juice, garlic, fresh ginger and spices. Then add sweet potatoes and coat.

Pour sweet potatoes and seasonings on to roasting pan and spread into an even layer. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste.

Roast sweet potatoes in oven, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes or until golden brown, tender and caramelized. Remove from oven and place in serving dish. Garnish with fresh scallions.

“I took away the sugar and butter and added agave nectar and olive oil. Enjoy!”

-Carol White, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (pop. 165,521)