Sunday, 10 July 2011

Baked Sweet Potato

My hands and wrists are playing up this week so I though it was timely to share a few of my favourite quick meal ideas for when chopping, stirring or mashing is not possible. A baked sweet potato makes a great lunch or side dish. Top with something that just needs to be spooned from a tub and you have an almost 'no hands' dish.

2 medium sweet potatoes (about 240g each)

Serves 2
Heat oven to 180c. Prick the potatoes a couple of times. Put in oven and cook for about 40 minutes or until potato has sagged slightly and is soft to touch.

Serve with choice of toppings. Try the following:
Hummus and pine kernels
Low fat herb and garlic soft cheese
Tahini (sesame paste) and cinnamon
Yoghurt and sprinkle of curry powder

Arthritis diet notes:
Sweet potatoes are a fantastic food. They are rich in soluble fibre and beta-carotene (which the body turns into vitamin A). We all need vitamin A for healthy eyes, immune systems and skin. There is some good evidence that beta-carotene can help prevent osteoarthritis from getting worse - but it can't prevent it. It's best to get through food sources, like sweet potatoes. Adding some fat from  oil, nuts or yoghurt will help your body absorb the beta-carotene.

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