START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Grannie used to make Thanksgiving sweet potatoes loaded with butter and gooey marshmallows, but the calorie count was off the charts. Still, sweet potatoes are a well-loved harvest feast tradition that we donít want to do without–at least in part because they are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. So here is chef Alex Jamiesonís healthy–but still delicious–version of the classic stand-by, sweetened with maple syrup and livened up with a touch of zesty spice.

Itís fun to try healthier new takes on traditional fare and realize they taste every bit as good–but they wonít hurt our health! Hereís the simple recipe for these tasty sweet potatoes:

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or more, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons slivered toasted almonds (optional)

1. Bring a 6 to 8 quart pot of water to a boil and cook the sweet potatoes for about 12 minutes, or until soft.

2. Drain and transfer the sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, maple syrup, chili powder, and salt and mash well with a potato masher.

3. Top with toasted almonds, if desired, and serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Side Dishes, , ,

Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Alex Jamieson. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

Go to the Source

The Great American Detox Diet

8 weeks to weight loss and now


+ add your own
9:08AM PST on Mar 4, 2013


2:49AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Aren't they sweet enough without adding maple syrup? Or is this a dessert?

3:50PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

thanks for the ideas.

3:25PM PST on Mar 3, 2013


10:31AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thank you

8:33AM PST on Mar 3, 2013


7:53AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Layer cooked, sliced sweet potatoes with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and bake. It's to die for!

7:04AM PST on Mar 3, 2013


6:08AM PST on Mar 3, 2013


5:15AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thank you

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I want to share my testimony with the general public about what this man called Dr Stanley has just …

Ugh! Very good to know.

I currently have four cats, three like their tummies rubbed, one does not. You have to learn what y…

What beautiful and naughty kitties!


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.