Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sweet Potato Fries With A Little Spice!

Sweet Potato Fries with a Little Kick! Served Kid Style!

Almost all kids love fries but we all know that we can only feed so many of those to our kids without feeling too guilty about it....right? Well, here's a solution. Sweet potato fries have become a huge hit these days and there's definitely a reason. They are delicious and.....sweet potatoes are soooo good for you! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and are a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. In addition, sweet potatoes are a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.

And guess what, kids love them too because they are sweet! My son and I bought some sweet potatoes from a local farmer the other day and last night I fried up some of those babies and my son gobbled them up! Here's a little twist on the popular sweet potato fries:

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries:
2-3 sweet potatoes (we peeled ours because my son doesn't like the skin left on, though if they are organic, you can eat the peel!)
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar

You can slice the sweet potatoes however you like. The more orange your sweet potatoes are the more beta-carotene content. The beta-carotene in orange-fleshed sweet potatos is what our bodies use to produce vitamin A. And make sure your sweet potatoes are not bruised or have cracks in them when choosing them at the market or grocery store.

I have a deep fryer at home but if you don't have one , you can fry them up in a pan on the stove, just make sure you have enough oil in the pan to cover the fries. They will sink to the bottom when you first put them in.

In just about 3 minutes they rise to the top and are done. Drain the fries on a paper towel and sprinkle your seasoning mix on top before serving.

I love having a nice already blended Cajun seasoning in the house (hey..I can get pretty busy....I need some shortcuts here and there, too!) :)
You can make your own by mixing:
1 tablespoon granulated garlic or powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground hot red or cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
This will make more than you need for this recipe but you can store it in a jar with a tight lid.

I like mixing the Cajun seasoning with sugar so you get that sweet and spicy flavor that goes so well with the already sweet potatoes.


These really were a hit last night....you've got to try them. And if your kids don't like spicy, you can just mix a little salt and sugar together to toss on the fries. But because the potatoes are already sweet and you're adding sugar to the seasoning, they don't end up being spicy....just really flavorful!



I served my fries in these snow cone cups that we already had in the house. Come up with fun ways to serve healthier food to your kids so they notice that before they notice it's something they've never tried before. It works....and I'm all about tricking kids into eating healthier!

For more information and for more benefits of sweet potatoes, go to:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64

I love this site! It teaches you so much about eating healthier foods!

3 comments:

Ben said...

That combination sounds absolutely delicious! We all need more sweet potato fries in our lives.

avesta said...

Thanks Ben....I agree we all need more sweet potato fries...and I always love that sweet and spicy combo! Yum!

Helene said...

Now I have to make these.