Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Steamed Sweet Potatoes

SWEET POTATOES are ranked the highest in nutritional values, low in sodium, cholesterol free, fat free, high in fiber, with protein, vitamins A, B6 & C, iron and calcium. Orange and yellow sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and purple sweet potatoes are very rich in anthocyanins. It helps to prevents osteoporosis, constipation, boost the immune system and anti-aging with whitening effect etc. It is also good for young children brain development and growth.

You can cook sweet potatoes in many ways, baked, roasted, sautéed, boiled or steamed. To save time and conserve energy, I place the sweet potatoes in the rice cooker when I cook the rice. Just remember to give the sweet potatoes a good scrub or peel the skin, halved it if desired.

As it is not the purple ones, it does not leach out their colour. Even if the colour and nutrients is leaches out, it goes to my rice and not wasted. Or you may opt to put the sweet potatoes on the steam tray of the rice cooker instead.

When the rice is ready, my healthy snack is ready too. The skin can be eaten too, peeled it off, if preferred.

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