Happy fall to you!
As autumn has officially arrived, I pondered a fall-ish food to showcase in this post. Hmm… My mind flipped between several lovely choices (pumpkins and cranberries mostly) until I settled on sweet potatoes. Sweet. Po. Ta. Tos…
Cause they rock! (Don’t worry — I assure you there will be plenty of time to utilize the pumpkins and cranberries of this world before fall is out!)
Unfortunately I’ve observed that the sweet potato seems to take more of a back seat in culinary cuisine and is largely regarded as holiday fair only.
Though this humble vegetable seems to spend most of its time off in the shadows, the emerging popularity of the sweet potato “frie”, brings new found hope that this much deserving vegetable will take its place in “the scrumptious spotlight”.
Speaking of sweet potato fries, I will share my hilariously easy recipe with you all in good time (as usual just scroll to the bottom if you’d like to skip my somewhat lengthy, though brilliant ramblings about this auspicious tuber and get to the recipe!).
Perhaps you’ve never given serious thought to sweet potatoes and have always considered them to be a rather ordinary vegetable, much on the same caliber as the beet or turnip. Surely they do look rather plain – almost slightly jaundiced – ew. Anyway…
The Sweet P Fairy-tale
But in reality I think that sweet potatoes are the veggie version of the fairy-tale story Cinderella! For, once you get past the beat up brownish skins, therein lie magical flavors, nutrients, and possibilities that you never thought could co-mingle! (I really love doing this…you know… making a big deal out of a pretty “average” health food that hopefully gets you excited to start eating more of it.)
But back to my sweet potato fairy-tale…
For example, the sweet p has the unique ability to be a sweet or savory dish. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that versatility is worth a lot these days. (By the by, if you’re looking for a “sweet dish”, check out this post for a delicious and healthful take on the traditional sweet potato casserole.)
But the real kicker (and I use this term in the positive sense) is that it’s really nutrient dense. Yeah yeah. No no. Really. It is.
Sweet potatoes contain hefty amounts of fiber, the vitamins A, B (energy booster), and C, and holds valuable anti-inflammatory properties. They are rich in antioxidants (fyi – produce with a deep color is a sign of a high antioxidant content) and have a low-glycemic index. So, if you are sensitive to the starches in white potatoes that quickly turn to sugar and smacks you with a nasty blood sugar spike, you should, ironically, be safe with the sweet potato which is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream.
In short, this veggie is a ready and willing canvas for anyone with a little vision. Right! Onto the good stuff!
1 large organic sweet potato, scrubbed and diced (I like eating the skin so I don’t peel the potato. Also, the smaller the chunks the faster your fries will be cooked.)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or extra-virgin coconut oil
Drizzle the oil onto a baking sheet (preferably a baking sheet with sides) and throw the diced sweet potato chucks down on the sheet too. Stir them up a bit with your hands to thoroughly coat them with oil. Broil on high for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to ensure they cook up evenly. They are ready when soft and nicely browned. I like mine a bit darker… *sheepish grin*
If you want, eat them for breakfast with fried eggs, ketchup (no HFCS!), a dash of sea salt, cinnamon, or take in a plastic baggie for a snack at work or to eat with a packed lunch. However you feel like enjoying them, feel free to get a little creative with seasonings and pairings! Of course, they’re also scrumptious all by themselves!
If you’re on the lookout for some healthy fall recipes here’s a quick list you can find here at Renaissance Woman!
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