The Sweet Life

What's for dinner: a well-rounded sweet potato meal

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

Turkey has been the talk of the town lately, but sweet potatoes are an equally important part of Thanksgiving—especially in the form of a classic mallow-topped casserole. Get a head start on the tuber action with this three-course sweet potato meal.

① Main Course: Shirataki Noodles Stir-Fry

You may not think tuber when you eat most noodle dishes, but these Japanese spaghetti-shaped strands are actually made from yam flour. Toss them with broccoli rabe, carrots, mushrooms and a peanutty sauce for a satisfying—and healthy—fall dish.

② Side Dish: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

We trust Yotam Ottolenghi with everything from a showstopping phyllo pie to simple roasted vegetables, which he dresses here with a sweet balsamic reduction and spicy fried chiles. Fresh figs may be tough to find now, but rehydrate dried ones in simmering water, and they'll be good as new.

③ Dessert: Roasted Sweet Potato Buttermilk Hotcakes

Southern staple ingredients like buttermilk, pecans and sorghum round out these not-too-sweet desserts from Ashley Christensen. She bakes them in ramekins out of necessity, but the hands-off roasting time and simple mix-pour-and-bake method makes for fuss-free pancakes.