Wednesday, April 11, 2012

{Healthy Hump Day} - Sweet Potato Fries

Have you noticed a trend in these Healthy Hump Days? I usually find a food that I love, and make a healthier version of it. Learning to eat healthier doesn't mean giving up the foods you love.... Take fries for instance. I am a sucker for fries. Yes, I am! In fact, a couple of years ago, my New Year's Resolution was to not eat fries...yyyyyeeeeaaaahhhhh.... that lasted about 6 weeks.... I just can't help myself!! Since I love hamburgers so much, it's only natural to love fries! I also love fries dipped in ranch, fry sauce, or honey mustard, and they must have salt on them!! Mmmm.mmmmm....mmmmmm.... So, when I first heard about sweet potato fries, I was a little skeptical. I mean, let's be honest here... nothing can replace fries. Ok, maybe these sweet potato fries can! My, how I've grown to love these little sweet potato fries! They are so flavorful and delicious, and I love to make them. What's even better is that my kiddos gobble these down, which makes me love them even more! With every bite, I'm filling my kids with fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium... and they don't even know! Shhhh... it'll be our little secret. 

What I love about this particular recipe is it gives it a little Southwestern kick. The fries are sprinkled with chili powder, garlic, and ground cumin.... it makes these fries anything but ordinary. I'm sure you could flavor them with regular salt and pepper if you wanted to, but I could use a little extra flavoring in my life, couldn't you? Hee hee hee...

If you haven't ever had sweet potato fries yet, I dare you to make them and try them!! You will be pleasantly  surprised!

Southwestern Sweet Potato Fries

2 sweet potatoes
1-2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or more, if you prefer. I know I do!)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (again... you can use more if you want to!)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin (yep, you guessed it... you can use more!!)
1/4 tsp. salt, plus more for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 425. Wash and dry the potatoes. Leave the skin on, and slice into 1/2 inch thick rounds; cut the rounds into 1/2 inch thick finger-shaped pieces. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the oil, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt.

2. On a baking sheet, spread the potato fries in a single layer and then roast them, making sure to stir every 10 minutes, until brown and tender. It'll take about 30-35 minutes. Remove them from the oven when finished and sprinkle with a little more salt.

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