Candied Sweet Potatoes

    40 minutes

    An outstanding source of beta-carotene, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes also have some vitamin C and B vitamins. All sweet potatoes offer dietary fibre.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • Salt

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Steam the sweet potatoes in a steamer or colander set over a saucepan of boiling water for 12 minutes or until tender.
    2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over moderate heat. Add the sugar and lime juice and bring to the boil. Add the cooked sweet potatoes, ginger and a pinch of salt then cook for a further 10 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are nicely glazed.

    Did you know?

    *Their scrumptious flavour and lush texture are misleading: gram for gram, sweet potatoes have about the same number of kilojoules as white potatoes.
    *Studies have shown that high doses of beta-carotene supplements may be harmful to smokers, but there's no evidence that a diet rich in sweet potatoes, carrots and other natural beta-carotene sources can be anything other than beneficial.
    *In fact, a group of American researchers experimented on themselves by eating a high-carotenoid lunch every day for three weeks. They choose sweet potatoes as their source – and eating just 170g per day raised their plasma levels of beta-carotene by more than 100 per cent.

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