Sweet potatoes (or yams) are those wonderful spuds that are typically overlooked during the year unless it's Thanksgiving or Christmas. During the other ten months, when people think of using potatoes as their side dish, they tend to veer toward the white variety for mashed, fries or baked. But a sweet potato actually has more health benefits than its white cousin. The orange tubers are loaded with antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C and pro-vitamin E, which means that eating them could lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. And since they're so tasty, it's a nice change of pace from the typical white variety.
But if you think the only way to ingest this potato is by baking or mashing it, you'd be wrong. Sure there are the sweet potato fries that seem to be at every restaurant under the sun these days, but they're just as flavorful chopped up and included in a casserole like this one from The Chew. And if that's not reason enough to add them to your dinner tonight, that burst of sweetness coupled with some salty melted cheese will being smiles to everyone's face and turn a typical casserole into something deliciously unexpected.
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