This sweet potato mash is a burst of flavours

Sweet potato mash is a healthier and more interesting alternative to the humble mashed potatoes

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Mashed potatoes is a popular dish across the world but it can be a little boring. But there’s a way to make your mashed potatoes healthier, tastier and much more interesting than your run-of-the-mill variety. Yes, you guessed it: mashed sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins B6, C, D and also carotenoids, iron, magnesium and potassium. They also contain anti-oxidants that protect you from cancer and keep signs of aging at bay.

Mashed sweet potatoes with herbs

Serves 4


  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • A handful of fresh mixed herbs, [I like coriander, parsley and thyme]
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preparation method

  1. Put the potatoes in a large pan of water and add the cumin seeds, garlic and cinnamon stick.
  2. Add a good pinch of salt and bring to the boil.
  3. After 15 minutes the sweet potatoes will be soft. Remove the cinnamon stick and drain.
  4. Mash the potatoes with the butter, herbs and lemon juice.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

This was first published in the November 2014 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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