(Family Features) - We hear it over and over again, "Eat your vegetables!" While we understand the importance of including vegetables in meals, we can get bored with the same veggie lineup.
If that's the case, consider preparing Southwestern Roasted Vegetables as a solution to your daily vegetable dilemma. Featured in Holly Clegg's new book "Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific(tm) Diabetic Cooking," this simple combination of crispy roasted sweet potatoes (yams) with an assortment of vegetables goes great with any entrée.
As healthy foods go, the sweet potato is hard to beat. Touted as one of the most nutritious vegetables, the bright orange, fiber-packed tubers are rich in vitamins and minerals, and are a great choice for any diet.
When it comes to diabetes, the sweet potato is an extremely wise choice. Sweet potatoes are a low glycemic index (GI) food. Low GI foods release glucose slowly into the bloodstream helping avoid spikes in blood sugar levels -- an important factor in managing diabetes.
In addition to earning stellar health ratings, sweet potatoes are a snap to prepare. The natural sweetness of the yams in this recipe contrasts with the mild zucchini and bold portabellas. Roasting is an effortless method of cooking, and if you line the baking sheet with foil, clean up is a cinch. The end result in both color and taste is amazing. Have fun creating your own vegetable combinations to pair with colorful, nutritious sweet potatoes.
Louisiana Yams are the sweetest variety of sweet potatoes. For information about Louisiana sweet potatoes, including nutritional information and free recipes, visit www.sweetpotato.org or write to the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, P.O. Box 2550, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2550.