A better way to start the day

Classified as a super food, the sweet potato also make a yummy breakfast.

Starting a journey toward better health and wellness can begin the same way you can (and should) start each day: with a nutritious breakfast. A morning meal loaded with nutrient-boosting flavor provides the foundation you need not only for the day at hand, but for a sustainable long-term eating plan, as well.

This sweet potato Breakfast Bake is a budget-friendly way to feed your family with plenty of leftovers for days to follow. Full of eggs, bell peppers and turkey sausage, it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser that’s also loaded with shredded sweet potatoes. According to the American Diabetes Association, sweet potatoes are a diabetes superfood because they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease.

Plus, they offer both a natural sweetener and sweet flavour without added sugar to give homemade dishes a perfect touch of deliciousness. Ideal as a key ingredient in both simple and elevated recipes, sweet potatoes can be prepared in several ways, ranging from cooked on the stove to baked, microwaved, grilled or even slow-cooked.

At your next breakfast or brunch get-together, share this fun fact: the North Carolina  sweet potato Commission deliberately spells  sweet potato as one word after the one-word spelling was officially adopted by the National  sweet potato Collaborators in 1989 to help avoid confusion between sweetpotaotes and equally unique, distinctive white potatoes in the minds of shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers.

Visit NC sweet potatoes.com for more recipe ideas. Recipe courtesy of Tessa Nguyen.

You’ll need: 1 cup  sweet potatoes, shredded; 1/2 cup cooked turkey sausage crumbles or cooked turkey bacon; 1/4 cup green onions, sliced; 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced; 9 eggs, beaten; 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded; 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat oven. Spray 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly spread  sweet potatoes, sausage or bacon, green onions and bell peppers in dish. Pour eggs carefully into baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese and black pepper over eggs. Bake for 15 minutes. Slice into 12 pieces and serve hot.

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