Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles

No time, no worries! My Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe is a quick and easy side dish to round out your menu and help get a healthy dinner on the table fast. With an efficient vegetable spiralizer and microwave on hand, there is no stress or struggle -- you can take this healthy pasta alternative from prep to plate in 10 minutes. 

Making sweet potato “noodles” with a free-standing spiralizer gadget or attachment for your mixer is a smart, speedy alternative to traditional pasta. Spiralizing is a meal time game-changer for those following gluten free diets, lower carb diets or just want to eat more veggies. Plus, it’s fun. 

Healthy Pasta Alternative Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles

Sweet potatoes are one of my preferred produce items for the spiralizer. Not only do they produce long strands that hold up well during cooking, these orange noodles offer loads of nutrition. They boast high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C; are a great source of potassium, beta carotene and fiber; and offer plenty of other micro and phytonutrients. 

While sweet potatoes are a “carb,” they are not one that should be shunned – the sugars of sweet potatoes are absorbed in your blood stream more slowly than refined carbohydrates like pasta (and even white potatoes), which prevents a sharp spike in blood sugar. Yay, sweet potatoes! 

Healthy Sweet Potato Noodles side dish

Another reason to cheer for this healthy side dish recipe is the no-brainer sauce. I’ve just opened a bottle of OPA Roasted Garlic Greek Yogurt Dressing and poured it over the warm noodles and tossed with baby spinach. The hardest thing was not licking the spoon! This convenient dressing is found on the refrigerated shelves of produce department. It’s made with real Greek yogurt and at just 60 calories per serving, it’s a fantastic way to add bold, roasted garlic flavor to any dish.

Note: I topped my Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles with tender, mellow, caramelized cloves of roasted garlic (which is optional). You can do this by popping the individual cloves from a head of garlic, peeling off the dry skin layers, tossing with olive oil and roasting in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.  Or, to keep it super convenient, I just purchase mine from the anti-pasta bar at my local gourmet market.

Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles

Serves 4 | Finish in 14 minutes
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Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles are a no-stress, no-struggle side dish that makes it easier (and tastier) to stay mindful of New Year’s healthy eating resolutions.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sweet potato, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup OPA Roasted Garlic Greek Yogurt Dressing
  • Optional: roasted garlic cloves 

Directions

  1. Peel and spiralize sweet potato, cutting up any extra-long strands. 
  2. Add spiralized sweet potato and water to microwave safe dish. Add a lid or plastic wrap to mostly cover, but keep vented.
  3. Microwave on high for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Sweet potato noodles should be tender to the bite. Drain off any excess water.
  4. While sweet potato noodles are still hot, toss with baby spinach.
  5. Stir in OPA Roasted Garlic Greek Yogurt Dressing until all noodles coated.
  6. Optional: Top with roasted garlic cloves.

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