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Savory Sweet Potato Bisque

1- 15 oz can sweet potatoes
2 C chicken broth
2 links pork smoked sausage
½ C chopped onions
1 T minced garlic 1 T margarine
2 C half and half
Fresh Parsley Seasoning to taste

1. Chop sausage into small bit size pieces. Brown in large sauce pan until crisp. Add onions, garlic and butter. Saute until transparent.
2. Add chicken broth and sweet potatoes. Cook approximately 20 minutes until sweet potatoes start to mash.
3. Remove from heat and add half and half. Stir and season to taste. If consistency is too thick add chicken broth. Add chop parsley and serve. Serves 6.

What's Beneficial about Sweet Potatoes:
 • Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. This benefit may be particularly true for children. Every 3.5 ounces—enough, on average, to meet 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet over 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone).
• It's important to have some fat in your sweet potato-containing meals if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits of this root vegetable. Recent research has shown that a minimum of 3-5 grams of fat per meal significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes. Of course, this minimal amount of fat can be very easy to include. In our Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe, for example, we include 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and with just this one tablespoon, each of our 4 servings for this delicious recipe provides 3.5 grams of fat.
• Some nutritional benefits from sweet potatoes simply may not be achievable unless you use steaming or boiling as your cooking method. Recent studies show excellent preservation of sweet potato anthocyanins with steaming, and several studies comparing boiling to roasting have shown better blood sugar effects (including the achievement of a lower glycemic index, or GI value) with boiling. The impact of steaming is particularly interesting, since only two minutes of steaming have been show to deactivate peroxidase enzymes that might otherwise be able to break down anthocyanins found in the sweet potato.

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Last Updated: 2/4/2014 3:16:59 PM

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