I wouldn’t be the biggest sweet potato fan out there. For a very long time, the thought of sweet potato muffins or sweet potato pancakes made me want to gag. But now that I’ve made a lot of changes to my diet, a lot of sacrifices have been made too.
If I want to have my body sculpted for my trip to Portugal in a few weeks, then I have to make wiser food choices. I need to take a step back from starchy foods and find healthier alternatives. Enter, sweet potatoes, an excellent substitute to white potatoes minus the added calories.
There are so many different ways to make sweet potatoes: you can grill them, steam them, add them to soups. It’s up to you really. But I find that making crispy fries out of them really makes them more bearable to eat- for me, anyways. When sweet potatoes are flavoured the right way and baked to crispy perfection, I can have them again and again!
So without further ado, here’s how I make my crispy sweet potato fries.
- 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cleaned
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 ½ tsp powdered paprika
- 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 ½ tspn dried thyme
- ¼ cajun powder
- ¼ tspn black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp powdered garlic
- ½ tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven to 220C
2. After scrubbing and cleaning the two sweet potatoes, cut them up unto thin fries and set aside in a large bowl.
3. Put the coconut oil in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until completed melted.
4. Once melted, add all the herbs and spices to the oil and give it a good mix.
5. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes, making sure that all the fries are evenly coated. Toss the bowl around or use your hands if you must!
6. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 35 minutes, while turning regularly. Remove from oven once the edges are dark brown and crisp.
7. Serve plain, with your favourite dip, or with a tomato instead of tomato sauce! Lol, enjoy
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