sweet potato

Eat For Autumn: Sweet Potato

The harvest season is upon us, and amidst these days of autumn there are a lot of new recipes you can try.

Sweet potatoes are nourishing and delicious, and are especially perfect to eat after a rigorous workout, or when your body feels cold and light. This is an earthy food, which will help to ground you and bring you back to balance this time of year.

Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, which helps to reduce the presence of homocysteine, a chemical related to heart attacks and other degenerative disease, in our bodies. The root vegetables are also a good source of vitamin C, which boosts immunity, as well as iron, magnesium and potassium.

The high amount of cartenoids like beta carotene found in sweet potatoes (how they get their bright orange color), help to strengthen eyesight and boost immunity. They are also powerful, anti-aging and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Curry

(Provided by Whole Foods Market)


•2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger

•2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

•2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

•2 tomatoes, chopped

•2 tablespoons curry powder

•2 tablespoons garam masala

•1 cup nonfat yogurt

•1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

•1 pound chopped cooked turkey

•1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

•1 small yellow onion, chopped

•1 pound chopped cooked sweet potatoes

•3 tablespoons brown sugar

•2 tablespoons half-and-half (optional)


Put ginger, garlic, pepper flakes, tomatoes, curry powder, garam masala, yogurt and cilantro into a deep bowl and stir to combine. Add turkey, toss well, cover and refrigerate overnight. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Stir in turkey and marinade, sweet potatoes, sugar and half-and-half and cook until heated through. Transfer to a large bowl and serve.