Sweet Potatoes & Edamame with Fall Spices

by Marla on November 19, 2009 · 9 comments

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Any opportunity I have to use sweet potatoes and cinnamon these days is going to be taken advantage of, in a BIG way. Fall inspires me in so many ways. This is a happy time, filled with kids in school and extra hours for me to create recipes and blog about them! There is a huge focus on seasonal flavors this time of year. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays here we could all use some unique, tasty sides to prepare for celebration meals.

This side dish was simple to prepare, filled with clean, healthy, yummy ingredients plus loads of flavor. The cinnamon and ginger lend a nice sweet, spicy twist to the savory flavors. The roasted walnuts add some crunch! You can use this dish to accompany your Thanksgiving feast.

Sweet Potatoes with Edamame and Fall Spices

about 4 servings


  • I highly suggest you toast your nuts before you use them. It adds so much to the flavor & texture to recipes. See the note below.


  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, cleaned, skins on, cut into bite sized wedges
  • 1 Cup Shelled Edamame
  • A handful of Chopped toasted Walnuts
  • Splash of Walnut Oil (olive oil would be great too)
  • pinch of Black Pepper
  • pinch of Ground Ginger
  • pinch of Cinnamon
  • pinch of Garlic Salt

*optional: If you have some Roasted Garlic on hand toss it in!


  1. Heat oil and spices in saute pan on medium heat.
  2. Add sweet potatoes, saute a few minutes until they start to soften. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add edamame. Stir ingredients to combine.
  4. Cook through until the sweet potatoes are a bit browned and caramelized. Stir for even browning.
  5. Toss walnuts in at the end.

Toast you nuts!

I always take the time to roast all of the nuts and seeds I buy. Roasting adds so much more flavor and texture to your dish. I usually buy raw, unsalted nuts so I can have complete control over the salting and complexity of the roast.

  1. Pre heat oven to 350˚
  2. Chop nuts to desired size.
  3. Put nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until fragrant and slightly browned.
  5. Always keep a good eye on your nuts when you roast them, once they start to brown they tend to get over done fast.
  6. Let nuts cool and store in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer.

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