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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweet Potatoes 'Fries' aka 'Mommy Fries'

We all know the truth: mommies are often the 'bad guy'. Many of us have resigned to this fact and accept that Daddy is always the 'good guy'. This even applies to the details of what we eat. My husband first introduced my children to baked sliced potatoes by making 'Daddy Fries' which really look more like chips. He used the mandolin to make slices, tossed them with some oil, salt and bakes them.
Well, the bad guy came along and decided that if they are going to eat baked sliced potatoes, they would be sweet potatoes. Their first introduction was to actual wedges that I had always made for my husband since we were dating (I will supply the recipe in the future). However, since the kids loved the 'daddy fries', I used sweet potatoes the same way now. Luckily, they do enjoy them, especially with 'vinegar' but I think the daddy fries will always have a special place in their heart.

Now, do you know why Mommy would prefer we all eat the sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes (SP) are a greater nutritional value to you than white potatoes. In what way you say? Let me list it out for you:
1. SP are relatively low on the Glycemic index which means that your blood sugar levels
will not spike as much.
2. They are packed with nutrients and fiber
3. They are rich in carotenoids (antioxidant)
4. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C

A few sweet potatoes (we usually need 4-5 in this house but my daughter eats her weight in these)
~2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
Kosher salt.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Peel and slice the potatoes (our thickest setting is 1/8 inch)
3. Add olive oil, toss well and then sprinkle with the salt.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. Either remove if done to your liking or toss and bake a few more minutes. If they are thin, check them after 15 minutes. We like the higher heat as it makes them a bit crispy on the edges.


The Diva on a Diet said...

Oh yum! I want these right now! Quick question ... are you using a mandolin to slice them? Or just the food processor?

Jennifer said...

We use our Pampered Chef mandolin only.

Judy said...

Hi Jennifer - these look yummy - thanks for stopping by my blog and complimenting me on the PEEPS! Keep in touch!

Chef Fresco said...

We made some sweet potato wedge fries the other day, I love sweet potatoes!

Chef E said...

I love sweet potato fries, gotta add this to my list, but after sweet potato waffles I saw once...

Tangled Noodle said...

I love potatoes but I absolutely adore sweet potatoes! My vote is for 'mommy fries' any time. 8-)

Sara said...

These looks great. I love SP, but my BF does not, so i don't get to eat them as often as I want to. Maybe I will try to sneak these into a dinner soon.

Daily Spud said...

Ah, them regular potatoes are good for ya too, especially if you leave the skins on :) But, hey, I'm all for sweet potatoes and I love the sound of those Mommy fries!

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