Use What You Have: Sweet Potatoes

“Use what you have” is one of the mantras of frugal living. It applies to most areas of the home: clothes, food, toys, curriculum. “Shop” your own supply before running to the store.

A friend of ours runs a Farmers’s Market and (thanks to my crazy-can’t-pass-up-an-amazing-deal self) what we have on hand is a large box of sweet potatoes.

They were dirt cheap and I just couldn’t pass them up. Once we got home, I realized what I’d done: bought a bushel of sweet potatoes in the Spring. What on earth to do with them?

First? Ask dear friends on Facebook for ideas.

What to do with sweet potatoes

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Following their suggestions, this is how we’ve used up our box of sweet potatoes. So far, every recipe has been a big hit!

  1.  Peeled and cooked a huge pot of sweet potatoes. Tossed in the blender. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and put globs of sweet potato on. Freeze til solid then put in a airtight container. (Thanks Caroline and Megan!)
  2. Once sweet potato dishes are back in season, have it on hand already! (Thanks Jacinda!) 
  3. Make sweet potato fries. They were a huge hit and such a nice non-Fall thing to do with them. (Thanks Heather!)
  4. Grill sweet potato. (Thanks Pinterest!) 
  5.  Use the mashed sweet potato for a cheap, healthy baby food. (Thanks Mama!)
  6. Use it instead of pumpkin in “pumpkin” muffins or bread (You can hardly tell a difference!)
  7. Make baked sweet potatoes (Thanks Keieah!) 

I still have a few sweet potatoes left. Any other ideas? 


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    • anna says

      That’s okay! I’m not a fan of normal “Thanksgiving” sweet potatoes, but actually loved these recipes!

    • anna says

      No worries! I’ll go back and delete it after the giveaway ends… could I add in your post on 5 Ways to Reuse Roast in its place? I love that post! 🙂

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