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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

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8 servings, about 1/2 cup each

The surprise ingredient in this Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans recipe? Soft drink mix, for a sweet and citrusy boost.

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water in large covered saucepan 15 min. or until tender; drain. Toss with dressing and pineapple. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with marshmallows.
  • Bake 25 to 30 min. or until marshmallows are golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, cook and stir dry drink mix and water in medium skillet on medium-high heat until mixture just begins to come to boil. Stir in nuts; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until liquid is reduced and syrupy and nuts are well coated. Spread nuts on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; let cool completely. Coarsely chop coated nuts; sprinkle over baked sweet potato mixture.


Make sure you pay attention to your portion size of this side dish. When there are several side dishes to choose from, make sure to have just a small serving of each one.

How to Select Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes should have smooth, bright, uniformly colored skins that are free from blemishes.

Sweet Potato or Yam?

Although Americans often refer to sweet potatoes as yams, true yams are not heavily marketed in the United States. There are many varieties of sweet potatoes, but just two of those are widely available. One has a thin, light yellow skin and pale yellow flesh which becomes dry and crumbly when cooked. The other is often erroneously referred to as a yam. It has a thicker, dark orange skin and a bright orange flesh that becomes moist when cooked. Bright orange potatoes sold in cans and labeled as yams are actually sweet potatoes.


  • 8 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, about 1/2 cup each
Calories 300
Total fat 14g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 260mg
Carbohydrate 43g
Dietary fiber 5g
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 290 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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