Do you ever crave fast food? French fries in particular? I know that is one of the most difficult things for me to resist when I feel a craving for something that does not conform to my idea of a healthy food. Let’s face it, french fries, especially those from fast food restaurants, are highly refined, greasy, and starchy and have no nutritional value to give to your body.
When I am overcome with this craving, it seems that nothing will make it subside and I used to cave in and stop off at some chain fast food establishment and tuck into a large order. That is until I found a wonderful substitute. Sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes prepared as fries are wonderful. They are crispy, crunchy, salty and can be made with healthy fats to actually nourish the body. And best of all, they are simple to make.
In contrast to nutritionally devoid white potatoes, sweet potatoes are high in folate, calcium, beta-carotene, and a 1 cup serving gives 65% of the minimum daily amount of Vitamin C. They can offer as much as 700% of the US recommended daily amount of Vitamin A and the Center for Science in the Public Interest rates sweet potatoes as the number one most nutritious vegetable because they are so nutritionally dense.
In addition, these tubers also has a low glycemic index. This means that consuming them has a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. The glycemic load of a sweet potato is low, coming in at 17, whereas a white potato has a high rating at 29.
Really, all you need to do is try them. One bite, and you will be a convert. Of this I am quite sure!
Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet potatoes (1 large sweet potato will feed 2-3 people as a side or 1 person as a meal)- be sure it is very dry so it will hold the oil. Also, you can either peel it or leave the peel on depending on your personal preference.
- Olive Oil. Melted coconut oil could also be used.
- Good quality sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 F
- Cut the sweet potato. First, cut in half, then cut into ¼ inch slices. Next, stack the slices and cut into ¼ inch sticks.
- Place fries on a baking tray and sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Drizzle with olive oil. You want enough to make them glossy but not leave a pool sitting under the sweet potatoes. Start out with a small amount and add more in needed.
- Using your hands, rub the oil, salt, and pepper all over the slices of sweet potato. Make sure to try to get the salt from the tray onto all the individual fries. Add more oil if you feel it is needed to get everything to glisten and have the salt and pepper stick.
- Make sure you space the fries out on the tray. Having them too close together steams them instead of crisping them. Use two trays if more space is needed.
- Roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Do not touch them until 15 minutes is complete. At this time, flip them with tongs or a spatula and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
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