Simple Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

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Did you know that a single serving of regular, fried French fries can contain upwards of 320 calories? Bummer. Sometimes you just want a batch of fries, but don’t want to pay for it on the scale later. Why not try some baked sweet potato “fries” instead? You’ll cut the calories in half and give your body some extra nutrients in the process.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also have a lower glycemic index than white spuds. What does that mean? They won’t  cause a drastic spike in blood sugar like white potatoes can, which will keep you feeling full longer.

Simple Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

Makes 2 sides

Ingredients:

1 large yam

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Garlic powder

Directions:

–          Preheat oven to 450 degreees F

–          Wash sweet potato and dry thoroughly, leaving the skin on.

–          Slice into ½ inch thick strips

–          Toss in a bowl with a small amount of olive oil (you want them glistening but not dripping)

–          Add in salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste and toss

–          Arrange on a cookie sheet – make sure they aren’t piled on top of one another.

–          Bake for 15 minutes and flip with tongs

–          Continue baking for another 15 minutes or until your fries reach desired crispiness

I also created my own aioli to go along with these fries and it was pretty delicious. It somewhat negates the health benefits, since it is mayo-based. But yummy nonetheless, so you can take it or leave it.

Lemon Aioli

5 tbsp olive oil mayo

2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 garlic clove, pressed

½ tsp all-purpose seasoning

Mix ingredients together. Dip your sweet potato fries and enjoy!

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