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Recipe: Pineapple Sweet Potatos

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Sweet Potato - Hawaiian Style

Ever since the body building days, I have loved sweet potatoes. I still eat them as a regular part of a Protein Power Plate Meal: Grilled chicken or steak, broccoli and sweet potatoes. Here is one of my very favorite recipes for Island Hawaiian Style Sweet Potatoes. Hope you enjoy them like I do!

Ingredients:
6-8 Sweet Potatoes 
1/2 cup brown sugar or splenda brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice (no sugar)
1/2 cup lite coconut milk

Directions:  
Steam sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or boil. Peel and cut into 3/8 inch thick slices. Spray non stick buttered spray in casserole dish, layer 1/2 of sweet potato slices, brown sugar, butter (little thin dots of butter randomly placed), and pineapple. Repeat layers. Pour lite coconut milk all over. Bake 20 min. 350 degrees. Aloha!

Food for thought:
According to nutritionists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the single most important dietary change for most people, including children, would be to replace fatty foods with foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes.

CSPI ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. With a score of 184, the sweet potato outscored the next highest vegetable by more than 100 points. Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.  Ref: http://www.foodreference.com/html/sweet-pot-nutrition.html

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