Sweet Potato "Fries"
I go through phases with meal prepping. There are days when I crave nothing but to cook, but there are also days when I want all the food I am craving to magically appear in front of me. Unfortunately, that doesn’t tend to happen. When it is hard to motivate myself to meal prep, I always turn towards the simple: chickpea pasta, salads, boiled eggs. I don’t follow recipes, just food that I know I will enjoy and can throw together in an instant. One of my favorites? Sweet potatoes. I can have a massive batch chopped, seasoned, and roasted in 35 minutes. Or, if I am truly lazy and don’t even want to meal prep (yeah, I have those weeks too), I scrub, pop a few holes in the top, and pop in the microwave for five minutes. Instant gratification!
I also love regular potatoes, but usually opt for sweet potatoes in my daily diet. As compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes have more fiber, tons of vitamin A (which will help your vision, immune system, and skin), and potassium.
I love sweet potatoes with eggs, with soup, mashed, cubed, whole… but one of my favorite ways to prep and eat these guys has been my mom’s recipe for sweet potato “fries.” They aren’t fried, but baked, so I don’t want to pretend they are what they aren’t, but they are just as (maybe even more so) delicious in my opinion. I grew up eating these (sneaking the crispiest ones right off the baking sheet when they came off the oven was a guilty pleasure), and know you’ll enjoy them as well!
Do you have a favorite way to eat sweet potatoes? I have tried breakfast bowls with them but have yet to find a recipe that really satisfies me. If you have any or want to share your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, comment below!
- 2 medium white sweet potatoes (aka yams)
- 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Either parchment paper, coconut oil, or olive oil for baking sheets
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat 2 baking sheets with a thin layer of parchment paper or olive/coconut oil.
Next, you can either peel the potatoes, or just scrub really well- it all depends on your preference or the time you have. My mom loves to chop them into little cubes, but they also taste really good long and stringy like fries. If going for the latter, cut about two inches long and ¼ inch thick.
Place in large mixing bowl and pour a tablespoon of olive oil into bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper to liking. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Spread fries on baking sheets and bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, turning them over about 15/20 minutes in. They will be soft, but should have a slight crisp around edges.