The mashed sweet potatoes and roasted green beans are great side dishes for any meal. They are super easy, so they are great to do during the week and they are fancy enough for a special dinner. We eat sweet potatoes all the time, so I try to make them in different ways and this is definitely a favorite of the kids. Mashing them is als really great for kids who may not like to try new foods. Roasting the green beans brings out the sweetness in them that you don’t get when the beans are boiled. This is my favorite way to have green beans now.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
5 large sweet potatoes
Juice of 1 large orange
1/4 cup of butter (you can sub apple juice or veggie broth to make this lower fat)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
salt to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1 inch cubes. Add them to the pot and cook for about 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add in the remaining ingredients and mashed the sweet potatoes until you reach the consistency that you like. If they are little dry just add more liquid a little at a time.
Roasted Green Beans
6 cups of fresh green beans trimmed
2 TBSP Canola Oil
2 TBSP Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425. Toss the green beans, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Try not over crowd the pan, you may have to use 2 pans if your pans are smaller. Roast the green beans for about 10 minutes.