A quick and healthy recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger – a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful mashed sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! Top with optional Maple Pecans!

A quick and healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed May I act from free will, and not from habit. — Yogananda

 

The leaves are turning and the days are cooler. Meals here at home have become cozier, heartier and more comforting. Here’s a simple vegan side dish that takes very little time, and yet is full of healing warming nutrients – Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger. This fall side pairs well with Asian style dishes, becoming a flavorful base for miso salmon or tofu, or even simple roasted chicken. You’ll find many uses for this.

The leftovers, as strange as it seems, make for a delicious breakfast, drizzled with maple syrup and maple pecans. Kind of like porridge but without the grains. 😉

Keep it totally vegan or use butter for extra richness, up to you.

On the homefront. I’m trying to meditate more. I feel better on the days I do it, I know this, yet I rebel. My mind likes its control.  It finds all sorts of creative ways to distract myself from this. It is quite comical! I put one shaky foot in front of another, regardless of whether it is leading anywhere.

A quick and healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Simply simmer the sweet potatoes or yams for 10-15 minutes, then drain and season. It’s so fast and simple.

A quick and healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Feel free to mash for a quicker version, or puree in a food processor for a silky version.

A quick and healthy recipe for mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

My husband Brian likes his topped with a dollop of butter or ghee.

I prefer mine vegan so I’ll use olive oil or coconut oil.

A quick and healthy recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Either way you choose to serve it, I know you will find it comforting.

I’ve even been known to just eat a warm bowlful of this- so calming and gentle on the belly.

So here below is how I serve the leftovers for breakfast. Warmed and drizzled with maple syrup and maple pecans or toasted hazelnuts – so delicious!  Like a grain-free porridge.

Sweet potato porridge with maple, hazelnuts and ginger - these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

A quick and healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

A lovely dish to bring to a pot luck or gathering, it can easily be made ahead and reheated.

A quick and healthy recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger… so easy, healthy and delicious!

For more fall-inspired,  veggie-based side dishes like this…. take a peek at these! 

Oh! And here’s another sweet potato recipe you may like – Harissa Baked Sweet Potato Fries 

 

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A quick and healthy recipe for Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: vegan, side dish, fall
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: northwest

Description

A quick and healthy recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger – a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! Top with maple pecans for a little crunch.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 lbs yams (or sweet potatoes) sliced into ½ inch thick disks, skin on
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, butter, ghee, or olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

Slice sweet potatoes into disks and place them in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, cover with lid and simmer 12-15 minutes.

When the sweet potatoes are fork tender, drain, saving the water. In the same pot, heat olive oil, butter or coconut oil over medium heat and add shallots, ginger and garlic, stirring until fragrant and golden about 2-3 minutes.

At this point, you could add the sweet potatoes back into the pot and mash ( using a potato masher) adding some of the reserved sweet potato water to loosen it, or place it all in a food processor to whip until silky smooth.

I usually add about ½ cup liquid for a looser, almost saucy consistency. Season with the salt, pepper.

Top with maple pecans for a crunchy texture.


Notes

Leftovers make a great breakfast. Reheat and drizzle with maple syrup. 🙂

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 176
  • Sugar: 6.7 g
  • Sodium: 277.8 mg
  • Fat: 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.7 g
  • Fiber: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: mashed sweet potato recipes, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes with ginger, whipped sweet potatoes, mashed yams, ginger sweet potatoes

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  1. Hi Sylvie!
    I am planning to make your rosemary and grape chicken thighs recipe with this ginger sweet potato recipe for guests this week and just found out one of the 3 guests does not like sweet potatoes :((
    Can this recipe be made using roasted butternut squash instead of the sweet potatoes? thank you!!! 😀

      1. Thank you for your reply Sylvie!!
        I made this with roasted butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes and it was perfect!! Served with your rosemary and grape chicken thighs! Was easy, looked beautiful on the plate and tasted delicious!!! Everyone loved it!! Perfect fall meal!!!
        Thank you for all your hard work creating and sharing beautiful, delicious and healthy recipes!!!

  2. I never leave reviews but I feel compelled! This was a wonderful recipe that combined easy preparation with a serious wow factor! The ginger sweet potato mash was simple yet exquisite, and the grapes matched wonderfully with the delicious rosemary-infused chicken juices. Great work Sylvia!

  3. Did you mash the potatoes by hand or w/ a food processor? Though I only feel I need to cook them longer. Wonderful taste.

  4. I thought this was delicious. So easy to make. I sometimes add a bit of coconut milk at the end because I love the flavour, however it is also perfect without this. Thank you for a great and easy recipe.

  5. I scrubbed then coated the sweet potatoes with coconut oil and baked until tender. I cut off the ends and put the whole potatoes into the mixer and added the ginger, etc. This was SO easy and they tasted great.

  6. This was great, we loved the flavor combination. I prefer not to peel my potatoes, just scrub them and leave the skin on for extra nutrition, so was nice to see I am not the only one.

  7. I made these to go with the chicken and grapes dish. So good, I’m thinking about making them for Thanksgiving this year. However, I might have a rebellion over it!

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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