Mashed Sweet and Russet Potatoes with Herbs

This healthy "Mashed Sweet and Russet Potatoes with Herbs" recipe is a warm and creamy side dish, perfect for a fall dinner. Sweet potatoes have lots of vitamin C, so they are a good way to stay healthy in the colder fall and winter months.

There's something about mashed sweet and russet potatoes that is comforting and a great side dish to enjoy for the fall season. Some of the ingredients you will need for this healthier version of the popular comfort food include extra virgin olive oil, unsalted butter, coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fresh sage, coarse salt, plain low fat yogurt, garlic and sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, with the oven racks in the center and lower thirds. Put the garlic on a small piece of foil and drizzle with oil. Fold to form a packet, and crimp the edges to seal. Place the garlic packet and the potatoes on the center rack and place a baking sheet on lower rack to catch the juices.

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The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade family. In the Andes, where the potato is indigenous there are some other closely related cultivated potato species. Potatoes were introduced outside the Andes region approximately four centuries ago, and have since become an important part of much of the world's food supply. Potatoes are the world's fourth largest food crop, followed by maize, wheat, and rice.

Sweet potatoes are only distantly related to the potato. The sweet potato does not belong to the nightshade family. Raw sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and beta carotene, while having moderate amounts of other micronutrients, to include vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and manganese. When sweet potatoes are cooked by baking, only small changes in the micronutrient amount occurs to include a higher content of vitamin C at 24 percent of the Daily Value per 100 g serving. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest ranked the nutritional value of sweet potatoes as the highest among several other foods.

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