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How to bake a sweet potato in the microwave

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Baking a sweet potato in the microwave is actually surprisingly easy. And delicious. And nutritious. Learn how to bake a sweet potato in the microwave to reduce carbs, sodium, calories and fat.

How to tell if a sweet potato is too hard to peel

You can use a knife, a fork or both to peel a sweet potato. 

How long does it take to bake a sweet potato?

It depends on how big it is and how thick it is. Most sweet potatoes are at least 6 inches across when fully baked. However, just because a sweet potato is cooked through, doesn’t mean it’s ready to eat.

What does it taste like when you buy a bad sweet potato?

The sweet potato you buy at the store is probably just as nutritious as the one you cook in your own kitchen. But they look and taste different. Don’t judge a book by its cover, as the old saying goes.

What is sweet potato bacon?

Want to know what real bacon tastes like? Check out this recipe for sweet potato bacon that you can make in your own kitchen.

The perfect sweet potato side dish

There is no dish more satisfying than a bowl of sweet potato “rice.” While the dish may seem odd, think of it as a side of colorful food for the eye, taste buds and soul.

When can I begin using sweet potatoes?

Many experts recommend using sweet potatoes in the fall or early winter for maximum health benefits. But the food is excellent year-round, so it’s all about making it the most nutritious for you.

How to choose a sweet potato

A common mistake many home cooks make is over-cooking them. You’ll find that yellow and orange sweet potatoes have more nutrients. Avoiding mushy and hard sweet potatoes will increase your results.

Sweet potato sprouts vs. roasted sweet potato fries

No one likes soggy, tough sweet potatoes. Try sprouting some sweet potato to achieve perfect, tender fries. 

Nutrition myths and facts

The sweet potato is the second most popular vegetable in the United States after the tomato. It is a starchy, low-calorie food packed with nutrients. It is one of the few vegetables with a naturally low glycemic index, meaning it is a good choice for people with high blood sugar and diabetes.

Why the sweet potato gets such a bad rap

Consumption of sweet potatoes is not as bad as you might think. In fact, the nutrition facts label on the back of the sweet potato can be misleading. It contains just 40 calories per serving. That is less than most carrot, but slightly more than a cup of cauliflower.

Did you know?

Sweet potatoes are a whole food. This means they are not made up of just one ingredient like many vegetables. For example, one large sweet potato contains nearly three times the vitamin A of carrots and more than twice the vitamin C of broccoli.

Sweet potatoes offer a rich source of vitamin C. One medium sweet potato has more than half the daily recommended value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that may reduce blood sugar spikes in diabetics.

Did you Know?

Sweet potatoes also contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds found in foods such as tea and red wine that may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

What is the difference between sweet potato skin and peel?

When you peel a sweet potato, you’re removing the outer layer of skin. The majority of the nutrient-rich sweet potato is actually beneath the skin. The skin will have varying degrees of resistance to bacteria and make it more tender. It can be removed easily by running a paring knife under water. To remove the peel easily, you can simply rub a towel over the sweet potato to make it easier to peel.