Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI - BBQ Sweet Potato Fries!

If you're tuning into the Super Bowl this Sunday, then I know you're looking for some good eats. Even if you're not watching, you'll still love these sweet potato fries!

Unlike their name, they're baked, not fried - Point one for healthy and delicious.

Sweet potatoes are rich with antioxidants, which rid your body of free radicals. They contain anti-inflammatory agents, which come in handy for jumping up to cheer your team, and they're full of potassium, which keeps muscles from cramping, both on and off the field - 2 Points for comfort and movement.

Last but not least, the spices, smoked paprika, ginger and turmeric are also anti-inflammatory agents. They all aid in digestion and help sooth the stomach - Touch down!

Best reason to bake up these fries? They taste amazing! 

What you'll need:

3 pounds sweet potatoes or golden yams
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. salt

Pre-heat oven - 350 degrees.
Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Slice potatoes into wedges - You determine peeled or un-peeled.
Wash sliced potatoes thoroughly in cold water to remove starch, and towel dry - place between two dry towels - to remove excess moisture. 

Place in a large bowl - set aside.

In a small bowl or cup, combine the spices until well blended.

Toss the potato wedges with olive oil.
Sprinkle the potatoes with 1/3 of the spices. 
Toss with salad tongs or spoons. 
Continue to sprinkle, and toss, turning the potatoes so that all wedges get spiced.
Toss a few more times for good measure, and then spread wedges on the prepared pans. 

Bake until golden - times will vary depending on your oven - but approximately 35-40 minutes. 
Check them frequently, and turn periodically to keep from burning.

These are great on their own - Or - for a fun healthy meal, serve them with 10-minute three bean chili


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