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Sweet Potato Seal

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1 sweet potato per seal, 2 cloves for eyes and lemon juice to keep potato from browning

Shop around for a sweet potato that closely resembles a seal! Carving time 10-15 minutes. Peel skin and carve with paring knife and use tooth picks to hold flippers. If your seal has its head pointing up use a radish or olive like I have used for balancing!!

The versatile sweet potato is ideal fare for the health – conscious food consumer. With the ever-growing interest in health and natural foods, the sweet potato is quickly finding its place in the family weekly diet the year around. The sweet potato blends with herbs, spices and flavorings producing delicious dishes of all types. From processed baby foods to the main dishes, casseroles, salads, breads and desserts, sweet potatoes add valuable, appetizing nutrients and color to any meal.

As a main dish or prepared as a dessert, the sweet potato is a nutritious and economical food. One baked sweet potato (3 1/2 ounce serving) provides over 8,800 IU of vitamin A or about twice the recommended daily allowance, yet it contains only 141 calories making it valuable for the weight watcher. This nutritious vegetable provides 42 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C, 6 percent of the RDA for calcium, 10 percent of the RDA for iron, and 8 percent of the RDA for thiamine for healthy adults. It is low in sodium and is a good source of fiber and other important vitamins and minerals. A complex carbohydrate food source, it provides beta carotene which may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain cancers.

Carved sweet potato can be used for platter or table decorations….Enjoy!!

Author: Dr. K. B. Mallya

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