Coconut Milk Smashed Sweet Potatoes

It’s important to start small with many things in life. When I made my weigh in vlog Wednesday morning, I mentioned one of my goals for this week is to get back in the kitchen. I’ve been super lazy with cooking lately – relying heavily on eggs, sandwiches or going out for quick dinners. I’ve still been keeping pretty healthy, but cooking is something I love and want to get back to.

I had some sweet potatoes on hand and my mind was going to a tofu and sweet potato curry, but that was a little overwhelming for my entry back into the kitchen. I realized I could scrap the stove (and the tofu) all together by doing smashed sweet potatoes – in the microwave – and these turned out amazing.

With just a touch of light coconut milk, fresh ginger, and a little salt, these are absolutely delicious, flavorful, and perhaps best of all, EASY peasy. They come together in less than 10 minutes once you prep the sweet potatoes, and for 8 of those minutes all you are doing is finding something to do with yourself (like a quick post-run shower) while the potatoes cook.

And who cares if you eat them for dinner with eggs on the side? You gotta start somewhere.

Coconut Milk Smashed Sweet Potatoes

    • Prep time: 5 minutes
    • Cook time: 10 minutes
    • Yields 3, generous 1/2 cup servings for 3 PointsPlus/each

Ingredients:

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    • 2 medium sweet potatoes
    • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)

Directions

To start, peel and chop the sweet potatoes.

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Next, place them in a microwave safe bowl and cover with cold water.

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Microwave on high for 8 minutes, until soft enough to pierce with a fork. Then drain off the water and smash them with a fork.

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If you’re not into lumps in your potatoes, you could also run these through a blender, food processor, or use a stick blender, but I like them with a little texture.

Next, add in the coconut milk, ginger, and salt to taste.

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Stir it up with the fork until well combined.

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Then pop the mixture back into the microwave for one more minute.

Voila.

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This makes 3 generous half cup servings at just 3 PointsPlus each, and is the perfect amount (though I could easily eat all 3 servings). The coconut milk adds just enough creaminess to the already sweet potatoes, and the ginger is the perfect complement to the flavors.

Are you a sweet potato fan? What’s your favorite way to eat them?

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3 Comments on Coconut Milk Smashed Sweet Potatoes

    • Beth
      August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Anna! I’m sure these could just be microwaved whole and then peeled and mixed with the coconut milk and ginger!

      Reply
  1. Deb
    August 25, 2012 at 4:08 am (5 years ago)

    This sounds so good! Will have to try it soon!

    Reply

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