Even though it’s winter, great produce is still easy to find! Winter vegetables are some of the most delicious, nutritious, and most importantly, affordable. Lowering monthly food bills is a great way to manage credit card debt, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of nutrition and health. Don’t increase your credit card debt by ordering out or going out to eat, make yourself a healthy and affordable meal at home. This post focuses on eating your way to debt relief with sweet potatoes.
Eat Your Way to Debt Relief
January has some great produce to offer at very low prices. You are likely to find sales on hearty winter vegetables like Brussels sprouts, sturdy greens, leeks, root vegetables, and squash. This week, we’ll focus on sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are some of the most nutritionally sound foods available. Considering fiber content, carbs, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, the sweet potato has been ranked as the highest vegetable in terms of nutritional value. Even better? They’re delicious, versatile (they can be used for apps, entrees, and even desserts), and very affordable. On average, sweet potatoes cost roughly $1 a pound. The perfect food to help you eat your way to debt relief.
You also can’t find a food that’s easier to cook. Poke holes with a fork, rub with olive oil, wrap in foil, and bake directly on your oven rack at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (time may vary based on the size of potato).
Easy Sweet Potatoe Dish to Help You Eat Your Way to Debt Relief
Need a cheap side dish fast?
- Pop a sweet potato in the microwave! First, poke holes in a clean sweet potato with a fork, then put on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel.
- Microwave on high for four minutes, then remove, flip the sweet potato, dampen the paper towel again, and pop it back in the microwave for another four minutes.
- Cooking times may vary based on the size of the potato and the strength of the microwave oven.
- When you remove the sweet potato, be careful! There’s a reason for the term “hot potato” – this will be very hot and you do not want to burn yourself.
- Cut in half to check the doneness – you can always put it back in the microwave for more time if it’s not quite soft enough.
- When it’s done, add some butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and salt, and you have the perfect side dish or snack.
Other Ways to Indulge on Sweet Potatoe
You can get extra fancy by making “twice baked” sweet potatoes – here’s a great recipe from the Food Network. However, you can make it healthier by replacing the cream cheese with Neufchatel cheese (A French cream cheese identical to American cream cheese, but with 1/3 less fat and a bit more tart) or Greek yogurt (Two percent Greek yogurt is a bit richer and closer in taste to cream cheese, but zero percent is a healthier alternative), and replacing the butter with olive oil or coconut oil.
Sweet potatoes can be a main dish, a side dish, or a great dessert. I love making sweet potato risotto, or sweet potato casserole (complete with toasted mini marshmallows on top!), or one of my favorite desserts, sweet potato pie.
Most importantly, these dishes are affordable. The sweet potato risotto recipe serves eight people and costs roughly $8.00, coming out to $1 a serving! In a fine dining restaurant, that would easily cost upwards of $20 per plate.
Check out these additional ideas for sweet potatoes. With just a few kitchen skills and a bit of creativity, sweet potatoes will add a gourmet touch and heaps of nutritional value to your family’s dinner plans while keeping you within your food budget. By saving money on food costs, you’ll be in a much better position to pay off your debts.