I’m ashamed. This isn’t really a recipe. Like, at all. But it’s the easiest way to cook sweet potatoes, in my opinion. And my opinion is always right. I talked about it once before, but if anyone missed that, I had to do it again. In a step by step manner. Since there are 3 steps. Not even 3 steps, but you gotta spell it out for some people. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. I hate those kinds of people.

I’m totally one of those people. Ugh.

I’ve been pretty much on a non stop cooking spree recently. After cooking in California for a week straight for the second cookbook, then going straight to Boston to teach cooking classes and film cooking videos, then going straight to Colorado to cook for the blog before I left 4 days later for California, then going back to California to finish cooking for the cookbook (breathe), I have been trying to find simple ways to eat food. Did that run on sentence hurt your brain as much as it hurt mine? Anywho the less work I have to do, with meal prep and clean up, the better. So cooking in mass quantities, where I don’t have to use my brain, is fantastic. So I stuffed these sweet potatoes into a crockpot and cooked up sausage, and called it a meal. I see a lot of stupid easy recipes in my future, meaning on the blog. Hopefully you’re cool with that. Awesomegreatwonderful.

Speaking of sprees, I’ve been digging this whole online shopping thing. Mostly because getting a package at your door feels more like a present. I must like presents. In the form of clothes. Ever since my body changed from not lifting quite as heavy, I fit into more clothes. Which is great. I love having more options other than my Lululemon wunder unders. I mean, I obviously still wear wunder unders pretty much every single day, especially while cooking…and working out…and walking through the park…and going to get a pedicure…and going on a date…and hanging out on girls night…and to the coffee shop…and while traveling, but I need real people clothes in between those events. So 18% of the time. More like 10%, but whatever. So I’ve found a couple online boutiques that I’ve fell in LOVE with. Check out Hope’s and Monica’s Closet. AND I’ve found a tailor I fell in love with, as well. I’ve come to the point in life that I’m not going to wait to find an outfit that fits me, I’ll alter it to fit how I want it to. Take that you b*tch of a fashion industry. So now, I just buy almost everything on sale, and alter it to how I want it to fit. Genius.

I need get my shopping sprees under control. I just shipped an order to George’s house in California while we are working on our cookbook. Which FYI, I only wear Lulu’s and sweatshirts while I’m out here cooking and writing. I even wore my pajamas to a coffee shop the other morning. Which is not appropriate. I hate those people. Ok ok, maybe I do need to be buying more clothes. Glad I found an excuse. YAY.

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Stupid Easy Perfectly Cooked Yams

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  • Yield: 3-5 1x


  • 35 medium sweet potatoes or yams
  • foil


  1. Wrap all the sweet potatoes or yams in foil
  2. Place in crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. Eat with something. Like sausage, or almond butter and cinnamon, or coconut butter, or shredded pork, or ground beef. Really whatever you have in your kitchen at that time.

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  1. Christina Lee says:

    I just had a genius idea. What if you lined the crockpot with foil and then put the unwrapped potatoes in? Then you wouldn’t have to wrap each potato! Even stupid-easier!

    1. Christina Lee says:

      By the way, I tried this recipe last night and just lined the crockpot with foil rather than wrapping each one–and it worked like a dream. The sweet potatoes come out super luscious and sweeter than candy. I love this recipe!

  2. Becky says:

    Hi Juli! I LOVE your blog! quick question for you. I need to make 20 potatoes for a dinner party next week. Do you think I could put them all in one crockpot? Would they still cook the same with so many in one pot??? Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      i don’t know if 20 would fit but i’m sure it would still work, probably would have to cook longer

  3. Liz Sirmans says:

    LOVE!! Only way to cook sweet potatoes, so good and doesn’t need a thing unless you want to add a little extra!! My go to for cooking them every time!!

  4. dgpseattle says:

    Also delish with fresh squeezed lime. Try it!

  5. Nicole says:

    This may not be a recipe in the traditional sense, but this is so awesome! I’m doing the 14Four right now and when I get home from work, I don’t want to wait an hour to bake sweet potatoes for dinner. This will be an amazing way to come home to hot food that is ready to go! #slowcookersforlife

  6. kartrina says:

    Hey, this may be a really stupid question, but I’m a college student and don’t have tin foil… is the tin foil necessary or can i just throw the yams in there?

    1. juli says:

      you could just throw them in without it

  7. marit harney says:

    Just sent this to my client who is stuck in a dorm room at school, and needing more carb options for her 1/2 marathon training. This couldn’t be more perfect! Thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    OMG… A recipe so simple my husband might even follow it! Thanks for this! I HATE waiting on my sweet potatoes in the oven when I get home from work and all the other deliciousness of my meal is ready… never. again.

    1. juli says:

      right?! making them in the oven is the most frustrating feeling ever, it’s never ending waiting

  9. Teresa says:

    Ok…so, I bought a 2qt. crockpot for my desk at work. I pop this in at 8 am, and at noon I add my rehydrated beans, corn, salsa & avocado (from freeze dried, cause it only takes 3 mins, and I don’t need to fuss packing things for lunch in the morning – I only bring the potato cause all my fruits and veggies are in jars in my desk!) Lunch is simple and great – loved this tip, thx!

  10. kim says:

    I have been reading this today. A couple hints, polk a potato, yam whatever and spray with cooking spray and rub. No need for foil. Also, those who ask about making more than the crockpot will hold, a roaster will do the same. Mine is 22 qt and holds about 30 med. potatoes.