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Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Thick-cut sweet potato fries are delicious.  I will just come right out and say it.  And they are incredibly easy to make.  You probably even already know how to make them, but did you know that they are chock full of Vitamin A, which is great for eye health? They are also power houses in the way of beta carotene - and get this, eating orange fleshed sweet potato with 3-5 grams of fat may help us ingest that beta carotene.  Boom!  Sweet potato fries to the face. Do it for your eyes. 

Check out this sweet infographic of sweet potatoes versus regular potatoes!

Ketchup: Even though some people, myself included at times, look at ketchup as sugar hidden in a velvety red coat, it actually has some health benefits as well.  For one, it is also full of that eye-health-wonder vitamin A.  Cooked tomatoes are also found to have high levels of the antioxidant lycopene which may lower women's risk of heart disease, says a Harvard study.  Ketchup is still full of sugar and salt, so it is still wise to save it for special occasions like sweet potato fries. 

Cinnamon: This recipe is going to utilize cinnamon, so while we are on the subject of health benefits I should tell you that cinnamon is a powerhouse. It is loaded with antioxidants, is highly anti-inflammatory, may cut the risk of heart disease, lowers blood sugar levels and much more.  Read more about the wonders of cinnamon here.

So here we go,

Thick Cut Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato per 2 people
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt + more to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 450. High heat will ensure that your fries are crispier on the outside and creamy on the inside. 
  2. Rinse sweet potato. Cut in half length wise, then into 1/4 inch strips.  Then stack and cut your strips in half lengthwise one more time, they should somewhat resemble fries now.  Place in medium size bowl.
  3. Melt coconut butter to liquid state in microwave or on stove.  Toss on prepped sweet potatoes and mix well so each piece is coated
  4. Add cinnamon, cumin salt and thyme and mix well.
  5. Lay your seasoned sweet potato slices on a cookie sheet, making sure that there is no overlap, and each pieces lies flat on the sheet.  This will help brown the fries and keep them from steaming. 
  6. Roast at 450 for about 30 minutes.  Checking at 15 to give a quick shake, releasing fries from the pan. 
  7. Fries are done when they feel soft and creamy when you gently push your finger into one. 

Enjoy with ketchup, or as a side with dinner!  If you have any other favorite seasonings for sweet potato fries, please share in the comments section!