Creamy Turmeric Mashed Sweet Potatoes

May 4, 2016

Creamy Turmeric Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If I were asked to cook the healthiest dish possible, these Creamy Turmeric Sweet Potatoes would probably be it.
It’s basically the combination of two superfoods (i.e., sweet potatoes and garlic) + what is considered to be the healthiest spice ever (turmeric aka the “Golden Spice of Life” ) + the healthiest fat on earth (olive oil).


Pair it with some greens — such as kale or spinach — and basically you have found the fountain of youth.
Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch but I can say without hesitation that these Creamy Turmeric Mashed Sweet Potatoes are really, really, like REALLY good for you!


Let’s start with sweet potatoes: they’re rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene (a vitamin A equivalent nutrient), vitamin C manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. It’s also a very good source of manganese, selenium, vitamin C, and other minerals such as phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper.
Turmeric has been long-known for its anti-inflammatory and immune supporting properties, and recent studies have revealed that this spice is a natural wonder, providing benefits in the treatment of many different health conditions.
And olive oil, do I need to talk about olive oil? The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) that are actually considered the healthiest dietary fat there is.

Creamy Turmeric Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I told you this is good stuff.
Like really good stuff.
But you know what’s even better? That these Creamy Turmeric Sweet Potatoes are ricas. Muy ricas. Riquísimas.
Creamy, with a hint of turmeric, and that good fragrant taste of garlic that is to die for.
They go well with meat, fish, eggs, but they’re delicious even on their own.
I might (or might not) have just inhaled the full bowl in one sitting. Mmmmmmm. So good, damn I was lucky. And I might have also added a couple of years to my life expectancy.

Creamy Turmeric Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Adapted from NaturallySassy

Serves 4 as a side

2 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups / 500 ml vegetable broth
2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional but it sure adds a very nice texture)
1 teaspoon fine grain salt
Ground black pepper to taste
Chopped pistachios for garnish


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes and give a good stir. Add turmeric, toss to coat. Add garlic and sautè for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sweet potatoes are soft and the liquid is almost absorbed.
Transfer to a bowl, add coconut milk (if using) and mash until smooth and creamy.
Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with chopped pistachios, and serve!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbs, 1 gram of protein.


  1. What would you serve this with, protein wise?

    1. Chicken, fish (such as salmon) or even some sunny side up eggs

  2. I'd go with baked salmon with pistachio crust

  3. Okay, so I'm not going to lie... I saw the photo and came here thinking it was a smoothie bowl (it's been a long day) but this is SO much better! Love the addition of the pistachios, too. Can't wait to give this a try!

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

    1. Now that you make me think about it, it can definitely look like a smoothie bowl. Ha!

  4. Getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday and I just bought some sweet potatoes to mash up! This will be the perfect soft food to eat while I'm recovering. Thanks!

    1. Good luck with on getting your wisdom tooth pull out, I've heard it can be pretty painful!

  5. I love Sweet Potatoes great combinations Thanks :)

    Erika | My Blog

  6. Perfect side dish for anything, if you ask me... I love turmeric and for some reason would not think of pairing it with sweet potatoes, but it makes perfect sense

    intend to try this very soon!

  7. You don't need to persuade me it's one whole healthy and delicious recipe, Mike. I love all these ingredients; however, I don't use turmeric that often. Maybe I should fix this and try this delicious combo. And we can discuss all the benefits of turmeric later on, let's say in 100 years, ok?:)

    1. You should definitely use turmeric more often Ben, it's delish and so good for you!

  8. These were great as-is! I also made some today with half sweet potato and half cauliflower to cut down the carb count. Just as good!!

    1. I love that you tweaked the recipe to make it low-carb. I need to try it with cauliflower as well. Sounds like something I would really enjoy!

  9. Skin on or off on the sweet potatoes?