Recipe: Grilled Zesty Sweet Potato

Zesty Grilled Sweet Potato

Flickr: Marco Verch

This grilled zesty sweet potato recipe is a healthier alternative to fulfill your fries craving.

Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, fiber, and flavor.

They also boast a range of health benefits, including the potential to help prevent cancer. Carotenoids that are found in sweet potatoes help block the process of harmful oxidative damage in the cells. Be aware that sweet potatoes still contain higher levels of carbohydrates than many other foods and should be eaten in moderation, and based on your health team’s recommendations.

Cells can become damaged by dietary and environmental toxins, inflammation, and a compromised immune system. Garlic specifically targets these weak spots, giving you an extra layer of protection without any dangerous side effects. It’s a healthful and convenient flavor booster.

Did you know that the phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer? Squalene and lignans are among the other olive oil components being studied for their possible effects on cancer.

Start fighting cancer in your kitchen with this delicious snack or side dish.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan


4 to 6 sweet potatoes, sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil + 4 tbsp. olive oil for cooking
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat grill to medium heat.

2. Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, season to taste, and toss until coated.

3. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil; whisk until combined.

4. Place the sweet potatoes on the grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Do not char.

5. Place the grilled potatoes back in the bowl and toss with the lemon dressing until well coated.

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