I am having friends over for dinner tonight, and I want to make mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish. I'm not sure what kind of meat/legume/fish/protein source would go best with it. I have soybeans, but will that go well with mashed sweet potatoes? Am I better of using shrimp or chicken or tofu or something else?
Tilapia, (very) lightly breaded and baked with fresh lemon juice squeezed over it, mmm!! Also have some asparagus, baked with lemon juice squeezed on it and a bit of black pepper and feta or goat cheese crumbles sprinkled on top after it's done cooking. And for the sweet potatoes, as an alternative to mashing them, cut them into chunks, spray lightly with pam, sprinkle a good amount of cinnamon on top and bake on a cookie tray. Butternut squash is also amazing cooked like this, if you can find it reasonably priced this early in the season. DELICIOUS!!!
Serve all that with a spinach salad (spinach, apples, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and/or pecans, oranges if they look good (although they're better in the winter), very small pieces of bell peppers, black pepper, feta or goat cheese crumbles, raspberry vinagrette dressing on the side). One of my favorite meals ever!!!
chicken or steak lean cuts would be appealing along with some french beans (high in protein) theres also...... a mediterranean dish my mum makes as a side thing she toasts wholegrain lebanese bread, spreads it in the pyrex ontop of that lays out chickpeas and ontop of that spreads natural yoghurt (fat free) as final layer and finally sprinkles ****, cinnamon and some pepper and to give it some taste sprinkle salt in the yoghurt and some tahini and whip it up before spreading it onto the chick peas it looks something like this. hope this helps!!
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Best way to serve sweet potato or yam is baked, roasted or mashed -- with a little salt & pepper. The potato itself is SO sweet! We serve it with salmon because the orange-yellow-orange color is so attractive. Add a bright green vegetable (Broccoli has a great texture to go next to smooshy things like mashed sweet potato) and a green salad and voila! Lovely dinner for company or not!
I second the Tilapia suggestion, as well as the broccoli. My favorite way to have sweet potato: mashed with broccoli mixed in - chop the broccoli into little pieces so that it mixes well with the sweet potato mash. Add some nutmeg, S&P to it, and it turns out incredible. I usually serve this with oven-baked Tilapia (seasoned with some dried herbs like rosemary & thyme and sprinkled with lemon juice) and a baby spinach salad on the side. A whole roasted red pepper also goes very well as a side.
ETA: Another protein that goes well with sweet potatoes is pork tenderloin. Season it lightly with italian herbs, S&P, and roast it in the oven. Wonderful with all the same sides I mentioned above.
I like salmon a lot but it depends on your guests and if they like fish for that and tilapia. Chicken may be more safe for everyone liking. I would not do soybeans. I like the salad idea that was stated. Maybe some steamed veggies and nice fresh rolls.
Go for a colorful plate. The sweet potato is such a great color, so add something bright green, like steamed broccoli, and something brown, like a lentil & brown rice pilaf with nuts or seeds in it, and a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and different colored peppers, and maybe some red onion slices. I wouldn't serve it with salmon because your whole plate will be orange.
Of course sweet potatoes go with any roasted meat or poultry.
I like baked sweet potato with chicken or turkey (plus a steamed green veg). Poultry can look a little boring so having two colourful sides brightens up the dish.
OP, what did you end up making? How did it go?
Hope it was a success and that you had fun!