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Sweet Potato Fries: Healthy Fried Food

Sweet potatoes contain loads of antioxidants, vitamin A, fiber, potassium (which lowers you blood pressure), and vitamin B6 (reduces inflammation).

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My son loves these fries. Sometimes he will eat an entire sweet potato when I prepare them this way.

Oven “fried” sweet potatoes can be a bit tricky because sweet potatoes have a high moisture content. If you want really crunchy fries – dust the potatoes with potato starch or use Okinawan sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes can range from pale yellow to vivid orange and purple – use a mix of these for a beautiful dish. The orange ones are full of beta-carotene, but all varieties contain loads of antioxidants, vitamin A (helps your immune system, as well as eye and bone health), fiber, potassium (which lowers you blood pressure), and vitamin B6 (reduces inflammation).

My son loves these fries. Sometimes he will eat an entire sweet potato when I prepare them this way.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds assorted sweet potatoes cut into 1/4 in strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch (for those crispy fries)


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Toss sweet potatoes in oil, salt, pepper, and starch (if using)
  3. arrange potatoes in a single layer on baking sheet
  4. Bake 10 minutes
  5. Turn potatoes with spatula
  6. Bake 12 minutes more – or until golden brown.
Sara Conrad

Sara is an eternal student. Currently studying Tibetan Culture at Indiana University, she loves to cook with fresh, organic, vegetarian ingredients – but also has never turned down fake mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

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  • http://www.OneNationUnderMom.com Alok

    This article was literally JUST emailed to me as my gal Jade asked what I wanted to do with our sweet potatoes sitting on our counter for lunch! Great timing. For some reason, fresh chopped cilantro over these sounds divine! Thank you!

  • http://www.OneNationUnderMom.com Alok

    This article was literally JUST emailed to me as my gal Jade asked what I wanted to do with our sweet potatoes sitting on our counter for lunch! Great timing. For some reason, fresh chopped cilantro over these sounds divine! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/geekbabe geekbabe

    I've become addicted to the frozen sweet potato fries but was thinking it might be healthier to make them from scratch, unfortunately my cooking skills are kinda limited. This recipe looks simple though and the ingredients cheap and easy to get.

    Btw, my husband does our cooking and is quite good, I've subscribed, bookmarked your site to share with him.

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