By Ruvimbo Jeche
Sweet potatoes are the best, I bet. Baked sweet potato fries have been one of my favorite snacks since I first saw my mum make them years ago. Not only do they taste good in the mouth, but the body enjoys them too. They are healthy than regular potatoes. They:-
- Are fiber loaded and low in calories making them great for weight loss as long as you are not eating them in a mound of fries.
- Have high vitamin A content and are low on the glycemic index, meaning they are less likely than regular potatoes to make tour blood sugar spike.
- Promote gut health and have cancer fighting properties.
- Support health vision and enhance brain function.
- Support immune system.
See all these health benefits? They are enough reason to consider as part of your diet. I know boiled sweet potatoes can be boring so this is the reason I’m giving you the recipe:
Baked sweet potato fries.
- 2 sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-large or 3 medium)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into fry-shaped pieces about ¼″ wide and ¼″ thick. (Try to cut them into similarly sized pieces so the fries will bake evenly).
- Transfer half of the uncooked fries to one baking sheet, and the other half to the other baking sheet.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the fries (1 tablespoon per pan) and toss until the fries are lightly and evenly coated in oil.
- Arrange your fries in a single layer and don’t overcrowd; otherwise they will never crisp up.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the fries so they can cook on all sides.
- If desired, toss the baked fries with seasonings, to taste.
Happy cooking on vaMudhumeni:GHGN.