I had never cared much for sweet potatoes until recently. This was because the only way I had tried them was in a casserole with brown sugar. I never liked that. I do not like to combine sugar into my main course. While some people like to add sugar to meats and stews, I prefer to save sugar for desserts. I inherited this from my dad.
As a result, whenever people talked about sweet potato fries, they never appealed to me. In fact, I had even tried sweet potato fries and found them disappointing because I was expecting a crispy, salty, bite; the way regular fries taste.
Then, a few months ago, I decided to try sweet potatoes again. I had been reading all the health benefits about sweet potatoes, especially in comparison to regular potatoes, so I decided it was worth a try.
Health benefits of sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes, unlike regular potatoes, are actually very good for you. Regular potatoes are very starchy, meaning they are high in sugar and lower in nutritional value. Furthermore, my mom always told me that the darker the color of the vegetable, the more nutritious it is. This holds to be true in regard to potatoes because sweet potatoes, which are dark orange, are much more nutrient dense then regular potatoes, which are white or light yellow.
Some of the important nutrients found in sweet potatoes are:
- Beta carotene
- complex carbs
(I got this sweet potatoes nutrient list from a video on health.com. You can also watch this video clip to learn more: Health benefits of sweet potatoes).
In addition to these amazing health benefits, I now have another reason to eat sweet potatoes: they are delicious (when prepared properly).
It is true what people say about vegetables “you just need to have them done properly”.
By now you are probably wondering what this amazing sweet potato recipe is that changed my mind about sweet potatoes. Well, here it is!
Savory Sweet Potato Fries:
- 1 sweet potato per person
- Sea salt
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Wash sweet potatoes and begin slicing them.* Cut potatoes in half long ways, and place the halves cut side down on your cutting board. Then slice them from side to side. Finally, cut each of the remaining slices into two or three “fries” depending on the size of your potatoes.
- Place “fries” in baking pan, spreading them out so there is no overlap. Then, use your Misto to lightly cover them with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with sea salt, parsley, and paprika to taste.
- Bake for about 25 min.
- Dip in ketchup and Enjoy! 🙂
*If you want to peal the potatoes before you slice them you can, but I don’t for 3 reasons:
- Most of the potato’s nutrition, especially it’s fiber, is found in the skin.
- Leaving the skin on actually helps your fries get nice and crispy in the oven. In fact, the skin is my favorite part.
- Pealing potatoes is no fun.
Finally, my favorite way to enjoy these Savory Sweet Potato Fries is by eating them as a side for my Grilled Tilapia (with lemon and rosemary), or my Healthy
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Great blogs to read and follow:
This week, I would like to feature Heather’s Ambitions. Heather is a lifestyle blogger who writes on many different topics. Heather’s blog stands out to me because of her positive and encouraging attitude that she incorporates into all of her posts and comments. I also enjoy reading Heather’s posts because she truly enjoys blogging. Writing is her passion and it is evident when you read her posts. Another reason to follow Heather, is that she also features her favorite blogs every month.
Another blog I recommend reading and following is Sugar + Blossom. The blogger, Ashley, writes about food and travels. Ashley has absolutely beautiful, clear, photography, that convinces you to try her recipes. The entire layout of her blog is cohesive and inviting. If you enjoy cooking good food or viewing wonderful photography then you should read and follow Sugar and Blossom.
You should also check out Snap Shots In Cursive by Gail. Gail is also a food and travel blogger with amazing photography. Her blog will inevitably inspire you to travel and try new things. She is also currently doing a fun series on her blog called “Eating my way through the alphabet”, where she cooks and presents a recipe for each letter of the alphabet. I believe she is currently on letter U. Gail is also very personable and leaves you wonderful replies when you comment on her posts.
I will continue promoting blogs I like to help out my fellow bloggers. To be eligible for consideration you must:
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