Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I wouldn’t call this a recipe.

I’d call it more of a I made this for dinner and the husband really loved it and told me to blog about it type of thing.

This is not rocket science.

This is potatoes.

But they’re sweet potatoes which elevates them past typical tuber status.

Their natural sweetness paired well with the Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus seasoning blend I found buried in my cupboard.

If you’ve never tried that blend, it’s citrusy indeed; and it has just a tiny bit of kick from sweet chili peppers and cayenne.

It’s a “warm” seasoning from the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg included.

Between the warm spice blend and the warm sweet potatoes, this was warm winter comfort food at its finest.




Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Vegan and Gluten Free)

1 large sweet potato, peeled (or two smaller potatoes)

2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Blend (or use individual spices such as sweet chili pepper, thyme, black pepper, allspice, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon)

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, drizzled

1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil, drizzled (tiny chunks sprinkled on top if it’s solid), optional

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a baking sheet with a Silpat liner, foil, parchment paper (lining your sheet will save you lots of cleanup time ), or spray well with cooking spray. Peel the sweet potato and slice it into sticks or chunks; I did one-centimeter wide slices and one-inch chunks. Place potatoes on baking sheet, sprinkle seasonings, salt and pepper, and drizzle the oil. Toss potatoes with your hands to coat evenly. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes, then flip them. Bake for another 10 to 20 minutes, and use your judgment based on browning levels, the size of your potatoes, and personal taste preferences. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Store extras in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the refrigerator and reheat prior to serving as desired, knowing that leftovers will not stay crispy.



Crispy edges, soft middles.

That was the name of this Caribbean tune.

I wish it was this Caribbean tune, though.

And it reminded me of the Coconut Oil Fried Cinnamon Sugar & Ginger Plantains I made.

Scott loves potatoes in any form and loved these sweet potatoes.

Many Americans call this bright orange-fleshed vegetable with the rusty brown peeling a sweet potato, but this (below) is a yam according to my research.

What I made, using the potato with a light tan peel and pale yellow flesh (on the left), is actually a sweet potato.

Google away for more tuber ‘n tater talk, such as the finer points of differentiation between sweet potatoes and yams.

If you’re a potato lover, may I suggest my Potato Themed Recipes compilation post with everything from potatoes as sides to soup recipes using potatoes.

Two favorite potatoes include:

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks

Do you like potatoes?

For me, they’re just whatever.  They’re fine, but I don’t seek them out like I’d seek out carbs in this form.

I like Peanut Butter Cookies more than I like potatoes.  Make sure you make something with peanut butter in it if you missed the big national holiday because National Peanut Butter Day was January 24.  I suggest Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Do you have a favorite kind of potato or favorite way to prepare them?

I have a potato recipe coming up next week that knocked my socks off and I’m not even a tater lover, but this one made even me do the happy tater dance.

P.S. Babble is hosting “My Family’s Favorite Breakfast Recipe Contest” and my Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze are in the final 8.

If you could comment on that post saying something to the effect of your “favorite recipe was Averie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts”, I’d love it.  If something else is your favorite, those other ladies who submitted those recipes will love it.

P.P.S. Thanks for the Chobani Yogurt Giveaway entries




90 Responses to “Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Ellie@Fit for the Soul — January 25, 2012 at 10:39 am (#

    ahhhhhh I loooove these recipes!! I just printed the first one and can’t wait to try it. I appreciate the fact that you put the diff. spices/herbs for Mrs. Dash. And I’m also excited for those plantains~I just love ’em, especially in Cuban food. Oh, and the water photo….I wanna drink that water! haha

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm (#

      Well, enjoy the taters…not much of a recipe but it was easy and the family appreciated it so I posted it :)

  2. Heather (Where's the Beach) — January 25, 2012 at 10:40 am (#

    I prefer sweet potatoes – but only if you add some heat to them. Not a big fan of the sweet sweet potatoes. Need to see if I can find that spice blend. I never think to look at the Mrs. Dash blends.

  3. Kathryn — January 25, 2012 at 10:46 am (#

    I love all these Caribbean flavours, makes me want to sit on a beach with a rum punch and a big plate of these!

  4. Emily @ The Swallow Flies — January 25, 2012 at 10:50 am (#

    I love, love, LOVE sweet potato fries – and need to make a “healthy” version of them like, yesterday.

  5. TeenyLittleSuperChef — January 25, 2012 at 11:03 am (#

    Do I like sweet potatoes? Wow, that’s pretty much the understatement of the year. I looooooooooove sweet potatoes! I pretty much have one or two a day. Crazy, huh. At least I know my Vitamin A levels are through the roof. Thanks for these great recipes Averie! And thanks for the info on the differences between all the sweet potatoes and yams. Such a huge misconception among people and apparently grocery stores.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#

      even the groc store employees don’t really always know. Actually, MOST of the time they don’t know the difference. Lol

  6. Marina — January 25, 2012 at 11:15 am (#

    I am discovering more things we have in common: I love veggies and yoga, and we all love potatoes in any form. I am thinking, what’s next?! :)

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#

      I love chocolate and desserts, too :)

    • Marina — January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm (#

      A little chocolate, but I am not a big sweet eater. So, it’s all yours! :)

  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — January 25, 2012 at 11:18 am (#

    i LOVE potatoes… in all forms… mashed, baked, roasted, fried, you name it. i particularly love sweet potatoes. i actually just had some roasted sweet potatoes (or i guess yams) with my lunch today. so good! :)

  8. kathleen @ the daily crumb — January 25, 2012 at 11:19 am (#

    mmmm this looks delicious! especially the sweet potato variety. i love the combo of SP + coconut oil — adds such an amazing, but subtle, flavor.

  9. Amber K — January 25, 2012 at 11:22 am (#

    I LOVE potatoes. Especially french fries. In fact, I think I love them far too much. I’m not a huge fan of sweet potatoes because they are far too sweet for me. I like sweets in my desserts, but not in my meals. Although I have to say, that the sweet potato (white flesh) is far better than the yam (orange flesh). The orange-fleshed potato is disgusting!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#

      I have a recipe coming up next week that will change your tune, 100% guaranteed :)

    • Amber K — January 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#

      You’ve done it before, so I wouldn’t be surprised!

  10. Erica — January 25, 2012 at 11:37 am (#

    I just made up a batch of mashed sweet potatoes-plain for me, katlin and frank. I really enjoy sweet potatoes, but i dont make them too often! Not sure why

  11. Amanda — January 25, 2012 at 11:37 am (#

    I really love sweet potatoes especially roasted this way. I have some Mrs. Dash Caribbean and I am at a loss of what to do with it sometimes, so thanks one more use!! Im glad your husband wanted to you to blog about it!!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm (#

      Yeah that stuff is versatile…you could probably make savory popcorn seasoning with it, too. Salt, butter, and that!

    • Amanda — January 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#

      Oh thats an even better idea!! Yummy

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 25, 2012 at 11:56 am (#

    Sounds like a recipe to me! haha Love it!

  13. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 25, 2012 at 11:57 am (#

    Sometimes the biggest successes for me aren’t how fancy or unique my recipe is, but how much my husband loved it! These look great.

    Oh and that Caribbean…oh my dream. I need a beach vacation.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm (#

      Amen to that, 100%.

      I don’t even care if I like it, but if the family approves, that’s all I care about. That sounds like such a “grandma” thing to say, but true.

  14. Angela / Canned Time — January 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm (#

    Voted for your doughnuts, they look amazing, and posted the contest on Facebook with your original post. How often can we vote?

    Also, good news here from Trader Joes, ‘Cookie Butter’ due to arrive back in stock on February 5th! I’m ready to stock up and try some of your recipes.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm (#

      You’re so sweet. You can vote once per day. I really appreciate your support, Angela!

      I’m on my way to TJs later this afternoon; I will inquire about this area. It’s all regionally distributed, even from SoCal to NorCal so they may have it in Iowa or San Fran, but San Diego may not…we shall see…thanks for the heads up.

  15. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) — January 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm (#

    Averie, your photos keep getting better and better! You truly have a gift! I’m sure these pictures do the deliciousness of these potatoes justice! :)

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#

      Thank you..and I *almost* didn’t take these pictures. I had been in the kitchen, on my feet photographing, cooking, or doing dishes for like 5 hours. I told myself I would take no more than 50 frames and whatever I got, I got. I thought they turned out really well for an “afterthought” photo session, too. Thanks for noticing.

  16. Katie — January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#

    Not to be all nit-picky on you, but sweet potatoes can be orange fleshed too. Or even purple. The visible distinction is in the skin – yams are black to really dark brown. Both of those are probably sweet potatoes.

    I know you don’t really care, but you know. I’m a scientist. One who isn’t a big potato fan but wishes she were because they are so! cheap!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm (#

      No I do care!

      Seriously I am more confused than ever about…potatoes!

      There are many/most websites who say that what I made in this post is a sweet potato, the lighter of the 2 potatoes I showed.

      It’s the other one, the orange-fleshed one that is labeled at my groc store as a yam, many/most websites call that a yam; but the avg American calls it a sweet potato, but technically it’s a yam.

      Or so I thought…I don’t doubt you at all; but there is so much confusion even among groc store and the internet about what’s what. I am just going to continue to call the one I didn’t make today, a yam.

  17. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes — January 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#

    YUM! I love potatoes and just bought some sweet potatoes the other day. I’m so going to give these a try! They look insanely delicious!

  18. Kilee — January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm (#

    Yum! I am wishing that I was at home so I could go roast some sweet potatoes right now. I love the different varieties of sweet potatoes and yams. I’ve found that I like using yams to make baked fries and sweet potatoes in chili and on their own with a little butter or coconut oil.

    Your photography skills have grown so much. You are equally talented with your photos and recipes!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm (#

      Thanks for the kind words, Kilee. I really appreciate the photography compliments more than anything :)

  19. Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — January 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm (#

    Don’t sell yourself short averie! For someone who fumbles around in the kitchen…potatoes can be rocket science haha. bookmarked to make when i get back from holiday! My favourite kind of potato is a sweet potato, but normal roasted potatoes are also yummy!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm (#

      Well glad it’s helpful; I almost didn’t post it because it’s basic but glad I did because a few people have said it was good info :)

  20. Christine (The Raw Project) — January 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#

    Wow, this looks wonderful, great flavor combo! It’s been too long since I’ve had sweet potatoes, I need to pick some up to try this!

  21. bakerbynature — January 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm (#

    The guy i’m currently dating is sweet potato OBSESSED – definitely making these! Good looking out, girl :)

  22. Sarah — January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm (#

    I have been craving potatoes recently, cold weather makes me want carbs. Personally I love roasted sweet potato wedges or sweet potato fries best but a good hash brown casserole is always delightful. thanks for the inspiration to go home and roast some taters!!

  23. Clare @ SweetnSimple — January 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm (#

    Ohh sweet potatoes, one of my absolute favourites! Will definitely be trying this :)

  24. Paula — January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm (#

    Sweet potatoes for me and the sweeter the better! I picked up some of the Mrs. Dash Caribbean citrus blend after reading some of your earlier posts and love it. Sounds like a great idea for sweet potatoes and your pics look delish! I found white fleshed sweet potatoes w/red skins last fall and they were just as good as the orange ones!

  25. Brooke — January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm (#

    Your photography is really getting even more amazing!


  26. Bev Weidner — January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm (#

    GIIIIRL, yes. Now we’re talking. I. want. 4,000. bites.

  27. Michaela — January 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm (#

    I always get so excited when I see savory recipes on your blog!
    I´m not really into potatoes, though I like some sweet ones now and again, which I prefer roasted or mashed.
    Too sad I am no longer in the States, that spice mix sounds so good!
    (btw, I have been to San Diego, too, and o.m.g., what a beautiful spot! Such a great energy!! I totally get why you love it as much as you do :))

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm (#

      Well, I have one more savory coming up next week, so you’re in luck :) I like making desserts more but sometimes photographing savory is really fun, too.

      And yes, San Diego is great; never leaving!

    • Michaela — January 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#

      looking forward to the other recipes :)
      you are great with everything you are taking pictures of. If I will ever write a cook book, I will hire you to take the pictures ;)

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm (#

      That is such an amazing compliment, thank you….SO MUCH!!! :)

    • Michaela — January 29, 2012 at 4:13 am (#

      and it is true :)

  28. Lou — January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm (#

    Ohhhh I love sweet potatos!! What a great twist on them!

  29. Gena — January 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm (#

    Delicious! And you know that I consider many of my “recipes” simply to be “templates” so this post is perfect!

  30. Bee Goes Bananas — January 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm (#

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! The photography is incredible and really cheerful. I can’t wait to try this version of sweet potatoes!

  31. Kaaren — January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm (#

    OMG! The sweet potatoes look soooo yummy! I have to try them!

  32. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm (#

    I just made sweet potatoes tonight! I love them! I love them in my Spicy Chipotle Sauce or Spicy Ketchup! Every-time we go out to eat, which is not often and I see Sweet Potato fries I have to order them, no matter what I’m having for my meal! So good! I love the tropical spin you put on your foods.

  33. J @ ... semplicemente j ... — January 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm (#

    I love love potatoes as I am more on the savory side of things … I have never used Ms. Dash, but I am interested in trying it out …

    For my taste … give me pasta, rice, potatoes, bread … anything along these lines and I am a happy camper! :)

  34. Aggie — January 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm (#

    I have to pick up that seasoning!! I love taters as long as they are crisp! No mushy spuds for me :)

    All of yours look so so yum!!

  35. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — January 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm (#

    I’m crazy about all potatoes, especially yukon gold and sweet potatoes. I love the addition of coconut oil in your recipe.

  36. Mara — January 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm (#

    Love you and the blog and – OHMYGOODNESS! – LOVE sweet potatoes!!

    And I am nit-picky about word usage, so I have to say that what you used is a sweet potato. Yams are larger and not very common in US stores, but the name is frequently (erroneously) used by Americans when talking about certain varieties of sweet potato. Yams are not related to a sweet potato. These are yams:

    Gosh, sorry to be such an annoying dork, so I have to close by saying I’m a huge fan and really like your easy-going style. =]

  37. Jolene ( — January 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm (#

    Do I like potatoes!? NOPE. I absolutely LOVE them. They are so versatile, and I like ’em all ways! I haven’t roasted sweet potatoes in a while, and I haven’t ever added citrus to them. I imagine that they taste great with a bit of a citrus kick!

  38. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — January 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm (#

    I’m pretty sure it’s un-American, but I cannot stand yellow potatoes. Love the sweet potatoes though! My favorite way as of late are the Hot cCrashed ‘taters I posted Friday. But really, I like them any way imaginable.

  39. Deborah — January 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm (#

    I have a bit of an obsession with sweet potatoes. I could eat a whole potato myself like this and call it dinner. And I’d be a happy girl!

  40. this fit chick — January 26, 2012 at 12:56 am (#

    Love the crispy outsides!! haven’t had sweet taters in AGES

  41. katie @ KatieDid — January 26, 2012 at 5:41 am (#

    I have grown to love all kinds of potatoes. For a while I really only preferred sweet or yams but small red potatoes are now in the rotation and I’m adoring them! They are all the perfect comfort food for me. (I hate mashed though… weird!)

  42. Katherine Martinelli — January 26, 2012 at 9:30 am (#

    That spice blend sounds fab, and seems like it would add great kick to sweet potatoes, which I love! I have to say I’m the opposite of you – I’d take potatoes, in any form, over peanut butter cookies – or any cookies – any day. I know. I’m weird like that. I’d take potatoes over chocolate. Don’t shoot me ;-)

  43. Sheila — January 26, 2012 at 10:56 am (#

    I love potatoes, probably way too much:) I will have to try that spice blend. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  44. jasper naomi @ crunchylittlebites — January 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm (#

    hi Averie! LOVE your photos, LOVE your recipes, LOVE potatoes, LOVE your breakfast ideas…and I just love all of your blogs and musings! thanks for writing Averie! – jasper

  45. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#

    Oh that beautiful blue ocean just makes me want to dive in! * sigh * Maybe one day I’ll get there.

  46. Jenny — January 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm (#

    These look great! The pics you took on vacation are just amazing.

  47. bridget {bake at 350} — February 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#

    Mmm…I’m going to look of that Mrs. Dash flavor! I’m kind of crazy about sweet potatoes. :)

  48. Karen — February 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm (#

    Wow, I love potatoes and I am trying this recipe tonight. Thanks for the great photos

  49. nidhi@whats cooking mom — February 7, 2012 at 8:58 am (#

    i found your blog through foodgawker. your photos are amazing. thanks for this healthy recipe. sweet potatoes being a good source of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants are always welcome in my kitchen.

  50. isabelle — March 9, 2012 at 5:05 am (#

    it looks so delicious … I wish you could find some sweet potatoas here !!

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