Enjoy The Tasty Benefits Of Sage

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 2, 2012

We're all aware of the benefits of incorporating fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet, but you may not realize the nutritional value of herbs. Sage is not only a tasty addition to a meal, but it also packs a number of nutrients.

BBC reports that the herb's oil has been the focus of a number of studies, causing it to have a reputation for improving memory. As you enter your golden years, you may want to consider opting for more brain superfoods in an effort to help prevent memory loss.

Below is a side dish from Martha Stewart that not only incorporates sage, but also sweet potatoes, which are high in vitamin D, magnesium and iron, according to Care2. One bite of this delectable casserole and you'll forget it's good for you.

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus 1 ounce (2 tablespoons), melted
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (from 3 slices white bread, crusts removed)

Place sweet potatoes and potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water, and season with salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 9 minutes. Drain; pass through a ricer into a bowl.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt 1 stick butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons sage. Stir butter mixture and milk into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish. (Mixture can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.)

Combine breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter and remaining 1/2 tablespoon sage. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Top potato mixture with breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling around edges and breadcrumbs are golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. (If browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Let stand, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

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