These spicy sweet potato fries are the best (and easiest!) way to get in some Vitamin A.
If you’ve been following me on instagram, you know I’m slightly sweet potato obsessed. Whether they’re spiralized into spaghetti, blended into a creamy mac & cheese, or cubed and sauteed into hash browns (or as I like to call them, mash browns), I can’t seem to get enough sweet potato. Out of all the ways to make sweet potatoes, this sweet potato fries recipe is probably the simplest: chop, season, and roast.
The spice mix is what makes these special, and dare I even say, turns them into a Superfood Sweet Potato Fry recipe. While you can use whatever blend of spices you like, I chose these for not just taste, but benefits, too, since I like to treat my spice cabinet as my medicine cabinet.
Remember, every morsel of food you put in your mouth has an effect on your health…so why not eat more of the good stuff?
Spices in particular are incredibly powerful and healing, (not to mention they have the ability to talk a dish from blah to BAM with just a sprinkle or two).
In doing research for my forthcoming Grocery Store Guide, I was blown away by many of them. For a complete breakdown of the benefits of over 100 spices and vegetables, be sure to order the Grocery Guide through that link.
Cinnamon: Balances blood sugar
Cayenne: Boost metabolism
Turmeric: Reduce inflammation and prevents many types of cancer
Cumin: Provides iron for energy
Paprika: Provides iron as well as Vitamins A and C, for clear skin
Sweet Potato: High in Vitamin A for clear skin
Save time in the kitchen and get MORE nutrients by choosing organic sweet potatoes and leaving the skin on. The skin contains the highest concentration of antioxidants. If you can’t find organic, always peel to avoid about 70% of of the toxic residue (the other 30% seeps inside 🙁 ).
The Key To Crisp Baked Sweet Potato Fries
There are a few tricks to getting crisp baked sweet potato fries. Although they won’t be as crisp as if you fried them, they will be firm enough so that you feel like you’re eating a fry, not a limp baked potato stick.
1. Cut sweet potato into shoestring pieces, not wedges. The thicker you cut them, the softer they will be in the middle.
2. Use enough oil to coat the fries and roast in a hot enough oven (I like 450).
3. Score your sweet potatoes with a fork. This increases surface are, so there is more space to crisp up. See exactly how to do this below.
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries
(Full, printable recipe follows below)
1. Slice (Chop off the ends, then in half into two 3-inch long pieces. Stand each half up, then slice into 1/2 inch slices.)
2. Score (Use a fork to create striations and more surface area in the sweet potato for a crispier fry.)
3. Chop (Chop into shoestring thin pieces.)
4. Season (Use approximately 2 tbs. oil per pound of sweet potato and copious amounts of spices of your choice.)
5. Bake (appx. 20 minutes at 450, flipping halfway through.)
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.