Sweet Potato-palooza

Yesterday I posted about Sweet Potatamole, which is a creation using sweet potatoes and avocados.  It is nutrient packed and tastes outstanding.

Not to be outdone I kept my experimental hat on last night and made a sandwich for the Giants-Rams game and flat out loved it.  You have to love a sandwich that comes out perfect the first time you experiment with ingredients?

You all know of my love for nut butter as evidenced by this post and this post and this post.  Well, there are a ton more but I will leave at those three.

So what do you do when you have a love of sweet potatoes and a love of nut butter?  Well you combine them to create the Thanksgiving Day Nut Butter and Jelly sandwich of course.

I spent time emailing with Danielle of Weights and Measures about a month ago discussing eating and my favorite foods.  That is when the topic of my idea for a Thanksgiving Day inspired nut butter and jelly sandwich came up along with a Thai inspired sandwich (still working on this one but I think I got it so be on the look out for that post.)

My emails always ended with not being able to find cranberry jelly.  I did not want to use that canned cranberry sauce that makes that funny sound when it slides out of the jar, and who wants to make homemade cranberry sauce when you just want a nut butter sandwich right?

So on all of my trips to the grocery store I never found one (actually forgot to look a bunch of times) until yesterday.  I went to the grocery store to get a couple of packages of strawberries for my smoothies.  I always go to the nut butter aisle in case one is on sale and then I decided to walk down one aisle that had a ton of jelly and jam.  As I was scouring the shelves for cranberry I noticed apricot, plum, black raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, red plum (Thai?), and a whole host of others.  I was disappointed and then all the sudden out of the corner of my eye I saw cranberry.  I picked it up looked over the ingredients and was sold.

Here is the recipe for the Thanksgiving Day Nut Butter and Jelly Sandwich:

Thanksgiving Day Nut Butter Sandwich


Ingredients for Thanksgiving Day Sandwich

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp nut butter (crunchy of course), 1/2 sweet potato, 1/4c dried cranberries, 1Tbsp Cranbanero jelly, 1 pinch pumpkin spice, 2 slices ezekiel bread

Servings: 1

Nutritional Information: 481 calories, 11g Fat, 78g Carbs, 12g Fiber, 13g Protein (67% Carbs, 21% Fat, 11% Protein — great combo for macronutrients)


  1. Microwave sweet potato for 5 minutes.  Cut in half and peel off skin.
  2. In microwave safe bowl heat 2 Tbsp of nut butter for 15-30 seconds to soften if it is not already soft.
  3. Combine sweet potato and nut butter and pumpkin spice
  4. Spread nut butter on one slice of toasted bread and top with dried cranberries
  5. Spread cranbanero on other slice of toasted bread and combine to form sandwich.
  6. Serve with celery to mimic stuffing which is typically bread, sausage and celery.  Obviously no sausage.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving without the tryptofan

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  1. adena says:

    I’m totally intrigued. I never would have thought to mix nut butter with sweet taters.. hmmmm I think I’m going to have to give this a try.

  2. Matt Oravec says:

    So simple haha. That is what I like about you, you must have heard all of us complain about how long it takes to make stuff. Looks like 5 min tops here because of the sweet potato in the microwave.

    As usual, good stuff man :)
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  3. marlene says:

    That sounds like one interesting combo… I may have to take your word on that one. ;)
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  4. O-kay, seriously, I am going to make this! AND, how fun would it be to make that for my son’s lunch?!
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  5. jim says:

    I love sweet potatoes! Such a great nutritional food for endurance athletes. When I order it at a restaurant, I order it plain, but it always tastes a lot sweeter than when I fix one at home – I think they must soak them in something because even though I don’t get butter or anything, it still doesn’t taste like a plain potato.
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  6. Michael says:

    I like sweet potatoes….just learned that during my vegetarian foray. But I have to admit, I think that sandwich just doesn’t look to appetizing to me, but everyone has different tastes I suppose.
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    • CTER says:

      Yes, different strokes but for different folks but as I tell my step-son you never say you don’t like something until you try it.

      Think about the ingredients…..sweet potato, bread, nut butter, cranberry jelly…..it’s tasty and extremely feeling.

  7. Creative Kitchen genius!!!! Comfort food without the calories!
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  8. rcarmstrong says:

    Definitely trying this out (or a slight variation) first chance I get.

    As I was reading this, I kept thinking about IKEA’s lingonberry preserves (a must in my fridge). It has some of the tartness of the cranberry, but with a hint of sweetness.

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