Gimme some tots! My love for sweet potatoes extends far back to the days when I was a wee lass and my mom could fool me into thinking a sweet potatoes weren’t healthy; in fact, they’re so ridiculously good for you, that sweet potatoes deserve a farmer’s market medal of excellence. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t exist, but I think we should make this a legitimate thing. DC Farmer’s Markets: Imma coming at ya, faux medal in hand!
Just what makes sweet potatoes such a winner in the health halls of fame? Well, as you might have seen in my spicy rosemary sweet potato fries recipe, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They’re also an amazing source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus. This is one vegetable you do want to splurge on and get organic, because many of the important nutrients are found in the skin. Organic soil is mineral rich, which is even more beneficial for us.
These little tater tots are not only crazy delish, but they’re super easy to make in advance. You can mix them up, line your cookie trays with tots, cover and store in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. They make the perfect healthy snack or appetizer, and I love munching on them during movie night. Forget the junk food, gimme some tots!
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15-20 minutes per tray
- 1 pound of organic sweet potatoes
- 1 egg or egg substitute
- 1/4 cup gluten free panko
- 1/4 cup coconut or GF flour (or skip panko and use 1/2 cup coconut flour for Paleo version)
- 1 tsp salt or more according to taste
- 1-2 tsp Chinese 5 spice (add slowly and taste as you go)
- Chop sweet potatoes into pieces and boil in water until soft.
- Drain sweet potato pieces, and mash until mix is smooth.
- Mix in egg/egg substitute with flour; you want the mix to be sticky and not too dry or so wet that it can’t form shape.
- Shape mix into tots and place on pan. Cook for about 15-20 minutes on 425 degree, until outsides get crispy.
→ TIP: I’m so OCD it’s out of control, so I like all my shapes to be as perfect as possible. I scooped my mix out in level TBS amounts and shaped by hand. It really didn’t take much longer than placing cookie dough on a sheet.
→ TIP: Traditional catsup is high in sugar! Serve with organic, sugar free catsup to keep this app 100% healthy. Or, make your own here and use coconut nectar or honey instead of white sugar.
Be prepared for these delicious little tots to disappear in mere seconds! And since they’re soooooo healthy, you don’t even have to feel bad! You can also radically change up the flavors, ranging from spicy to sweet, and even using middle eastern seasonings for a more exotic taste. Sweet potatoes blend so nicely with a wide array of spices, so you just can’t go wrong. What’s your favorite way to spice up your sweet potato dishes? Let me know! Much love, and lots of spice, from my kitchen to yours!
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