Sweet Potato Spaghetti

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Sounds strange, tastes delicious. 

If you’re trying to eat more vegetables, there are two gadgets that will make your goal infinitely easier: a Vitamix and a Spiralizer. I’ve talked about my love/obsession with my Vitamix before, so now it’s time to give the spiralizer the spotlight. 

The spiralizer was a gift from my client, Mary Jo (thank you and love you MJ!) and I must say, it’s one of my favorite things to use. 

When I first got it, I was hoping to make crispy sweet potato fries by baking the long curly strings it produced…but nope, instead when I baked them, they came out like spaghetti, which turned out even better! 

How to Make it a Meal

Spiralized sweet potato is officially now my favorite way to eat the vegetable. I make these spiralized sweet potato noodles at least once a week. I’ll usually pair them with this kale and avocado salad or a Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burger (aka the best veggie burger, ever!).  At a dinner party Sunday night, I used them as a side to 5 spice salmon. 

Did you know? Sweet potatoes are not at all related to “regular” potatoes. They are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamins A, C and B6. Even though they’re “sweet” they are still a healthy choice.  Just look at all the nutrients in just 1 cup of sweet potato… 769% of Vitamin A ?!?!

Your skin is going to be glowing and your vision laser sharp if you start adding these bad boys into the mix.  (BTW, my glasses prescription did indeed reverse this year…since 2013, it went down in strength for both eyes, which I quite honestly thought was impossible…perhaps it’s my sweet potato habit?!) 

sweet potato vitamins
Serving size: 1 cup. Taken from Nutritiondata.self

Now, here is what a spiralizer looks like and how it works:

spiralized sweet potato 2

You essentially just put the sweet potato, or any vegetable, onto the spiky part, and then hand crank it through the blade to create beautiful strands of vegetable goodness. TIP: Find the fattest vegetables you can find… the wider the sweet potato, the easier it is to crank it through, and the better the noodles. 

spiralized sweet potato

One thick sweet potato made that whole bowl of noodles! You can see in the background, it leaves you with a long cylindrical piece and essentially a chip.. I always cook those too, no need to throw them out! 

spiralized sweet potato

Here is what they look like baked with all the delicious and aromatic spices. Sweet potato pasta

sweet potato pasta recipe

Ta da! Sweet potato spaghetti. Best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. 

Sweet Potato Spaghetti
Serves 1
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. One large sweet potato*
  2. 1-2 tbs. olive oil or avocado oil
  3. 3/4 tsp turmeric
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  6. 1/2 tsp paprika
  7. Salt and black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spiralize the sweet potato into a large bowl.
  3. Dress with oil and spices, and toss well until thoroughly coated, then spread out as flat as possible on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Remove from oven.
Notes
  1. *Choose the widest/thickest sweet potato possible, to get the best spaghetti strands.
  2. If using an organic sweet potato, leave the skin on. If non-organic, peel it.
Maria Marlowe http://mariamarlowe.com/
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