My daughter is 8 and wants to make dinner with us and for us. She is at the perfect age for being able to use the tools around the kitchen. This is the lighter side dish that we have been working on this week. We make it with her once and then let her make it independently a few times afterwards so that the steps are still fresh in her mind and she gets to practice making it on her own.
This quick and easy sweet potatoes recipe allows her to cook (with the help of the microwave) and prepare a dish that is healthy and enjoyed by all!
Best of all – it uses two ingredients!
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How to Make Quick and Easy Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients for Quick and Easy Sweet Potatoes:
- 4 Sweet Potatoes (Local organic is preferred)
- 4 Oz cup of Pineapple (fresh or canned)
Directions for Quick and Easy Sweet Potatoes:
1. Wash the sweet potatoes well.
2. Fork the sweet potatoes in 6-7 places. Make sure to keep your hands away from the fork when you stab it in.
3. Set the sweet potatoes on a microwave safe plate. Hit the potatoes button for the amount of sweet potatoes you will be cooking. Allow the potatoes to cool for at least 15 minutes. They will be VERY HOT and may burn if you try to peel them too quickly. I “may” know this from personal experience.
4. Peel and place sweet potato and pineapple (undrained) in the food processor.
A food processor is a tool in the kitchen that can easily chop or puree food. Carl Sontheimer was the engineer who created the original Cuisinart food processor for home use in 1973
Want to avoid the food processor? Try these Sauteed Sweet Potatoes. This sweet and savory side is simply seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne for just a hint of heat.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are also a delicious and easy side dish that pair well with so many meals!
How to Use a Food Processor
This is the first time my daughter used the food processor. I took the time to explain to her
- All the parts and how they are put together.
- The s shape blade, that it is sharp, and how to handle the blade safely.
- How to put the lid on and check to make sure everything lines up.
- The buttons for pureeing and chopping.
- My rules for when she can use it.
I have the KitchenAid KFC3511ER 3.5-Cup Food Chopper, Empire Red and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. It is small enough to store in my kitchen, but big enough for almost anything we make for our family of 5. I like that it will only work when everything is lined up (a bonus safety feature!) It has also taken a beating (lots of nuts and oats) and is still going strong.
5. Puree until blended. We did 10 seconds, then scraped the edges with a spatula and 10 seconds more.
6. Scoop and serve warm. These quick and easy sweet potatoes also reheat well.
They make a great side to grilled chicken, spaghetti, and steak.
If you’re looking for something with sweet potatoes that dances a line between spicy and sweet, try these Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes.
Literacy Connection to Quick and Easy Sweet Potatoes:
We always love to cook with a good book, Sweet Potato Pie, is a story about a family working together to save their family farm after a drought season. They all pitch in together to make sweet potato pie to sell at the local market.
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