Even people that normally refuse sweet potatoes may enjoy this version, and it's easy to fix. Extra flavors are due to some unusual additions! Sweet potatoes are high in nutrition and cheap as well - a bargain all around.
3 to 4 oz. lite cream cheese or Neufchatel
1 lg. ripe banana
2 Tbsp. butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
salt and pepper to taste
Peel sweet potatoes, and cut into chunks. Boil until fork tender, then drain well. These can be cooked ahead of time, then heated, covered, in a microwave.
Remove cream cheese from refrigerator to soften. Place hot sweet
potatoes in a large bowl. In a small skillet, melt butter over
medium heat. Banana should be ripe but not soft or brown.
Slice lengthwise in three slices. Add to skillet. Cook until
banana caramelizes slightly, turn and continue until the other side is
caramelized. Add bananas and butter to sweet potatoes. Beat
with electric beater, or mash well by hand, until completely combined.
Add cream cheese and continue beating or mashing. Test, and add
salt to taste. Sprinkle some pepper on top before serving.