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Step aside, broccoli. Sweet potatoes are basically our dream side dish: They’re hearty, flavorful and packed with vitamins, fiber and protein. Whether they’re sliced into wedges or baked into a casserole, they’re always on our menu. Here are 18 unexpected ideas to try.

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Sweet Potato Crostini

Aren’t these the cutest?

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30-Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Easiest side dish ever.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Nothing beats this classic from Coterie member Maria Lichty.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Tortilla

This one’s getting a permanent spot in our weekly dinner rotation.

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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Because every meal should include toasted marshmallows.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

No frying required.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Top ’em off with cheese.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

You’ll never go back to the regular ones.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Kale Salad

Try this side by Coterie member Maria Lichty with baked salmon.

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Greek Sweet Potato Fries with Curried Tzatziki

These might just steal the show.

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Sweet Potato, Corn and Feta Salad

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin definitely knows how to make a beautiful side dish.

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Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet ’n’ Savory Bacon Pecans

Two scoops, please.

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Almond Crusted Sweet Potato Tenders and Mint and Pistachio Chutney

We’re swooning over this virtuous side by Jodi Moreno.

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Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad

Taste the rainbow.

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Maple Harissa Sweet Potato Gratin

More cheese, please.

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Easy Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Think of all the dipping sauce opportunities.

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Sweet Potato Noodles with Almond Sauce

Save the leftovers for tomorrow's (incredible) lunch.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce

OK, we’re eating this right out of the pot for dinner.

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