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When most people think of sweet potatoes, they think of french fries or sweet potato pie. And, while both are delicious and satisfying, Mississippi sweet potatoes are a versatile starch that packs a powerful punch that can be used as a key ingredient for any meal of the day.

“From easy, nutritious breakfast and side dishes to elegant, photo-worthy desserts, fresh sweet potatoes is one of our crops in Mississippi that continues to evolve across plates and bowls, says Jon Kalahar, Communications Coordinator Farm Families of Mississippi.  “With so many ways to prepare and serve sweet potatoes, we invite you to visit one of our farms, pick some fresh sweet potatoes, and try one of these recipes. Prepare to wow your family and guests, not just during Holidays but all-year-long.”

Here are five ways to enjoy sweet potatoes:

Sweet Potato Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

For healthy eaters, who follow a paleo lifestyle, and are mindful of calories, this Sweet Potato Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole is delicious and packed with fiber and protein to help you start your day off right. Bonus! Leftovers (if there are any) can be refrigerated and reheated for up to four days. Bake on Monday morning and have your breakfast ready for the rest of the week.

Feel-Better Chicken and Rice Soup

In addition to COVID-19, flu-season is also here. “Update the average chicken noodle soup recipe by adding in Mississippi sweet potatoes, says Jon Kalahar, Communications Coordinator for Farm Families of Mississippi. “This addition increases the health-value and flavor of this soup. Top with fresh cilantro and freshly ground black pepper and spice it up and enjoy this Feel-Better Chicken and Rice Soup!”

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Forget about loaded nachos and try this healthier option, Loaded Sweet Potatoes. The perfect lunch: it tastes great and you can feel great about eating too. This loaded sweet potato is loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients like black lentils and unsalted peanuts.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Great for those mornings when you have to grab breakfast on your way out the door, these Sweet Potato Muffins are nutritious, travel-friendly and tasty. Add in some crunchy pecans for a naturally sweetened, fluffy and nutrient-dense meal.

Sweet Potato Pie

Elevate your baking skills with this Sweet Potato Pie recipe. Shop at your local farmer’s market or visit the farm directly to purchase fresh Mississippi sweet potatoes and taste the difference in your pie. “Whether you are cooking or baking, use fresh ingredients when possible,” says Jon Kalahar, Communications Coordinator Farm Families of Mississippi. “Not only do you support our local farmers but, you’re also creating fresh dishes for your family and friends to enjoy.”