Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

Hola fellow WIAW-ers! Thanks Jenn for organizing this link-up!

I know I say it every week, but I can’t believe how fast this summer is going! I remember being a kid and never wanting to go back to school! I’d start to see the JC Penney commercials for new clothes and Target ads for new Jansport backpacks and get massive anxiety. It was always cool to get new stuff, but I was such a shy girl that thoughts of a new teacher and new kids, etc., just riddled me with a bad case a frazzled nerves.


This week has been monumental for me! My youngest daughter, Natalie, is gaining a newfound independence, allowing me a little extra time to myself to hit the gym and blog. I’m pretty much the perfect candidate for having kids, as far as my social life goes. I’ve always been kind of a loner, so I pretty much do the same things I did pre-babies. What I wasn’t used to is having to cater to two needy tots!

…make that three….

Let’s look at some food!

Breakfasts have, once again, been a lot of overnight oats and pancakes…

(Gluten-free buttermilk pancakes in picture)

Lunches are fairly routine….smoothies, cheese crisps, and fruit are all common…

Dinners have been pizza, salad, homemade Mexican food, and roasted veggies with goat cheese….

Vegetables have the best taste when they are roasted! Which brings me to today’s recipe! I know from reading a lot of other bloggers that sweet potatoes are a favorite among you! One funny chick even named her blog  for them! ;-)

I think my favorite way (so far) to eat sweet potatoes is as fries. They don’t get as crisp as russet potato fries, but combined with a few spices, a little oil, and the right oven temp, they obtain a delectable, crunchy coating and a soft, creamy interior. Yum, yum!



1 medium sweet potato, cut into fries

2 t. grapeseed oil (or another high smoke point oil, such as avocado)

1/2 t. chili powder

1/4 t. + 1/8 t. salt

a few grinds of black pepper

scant 1/2 t. oregano

1/2 t. prepared mustard

Place the sweet potato wedges into a bowl of cold water, and let them soak for 30 minutes. Mix the oil and spices in a bowl. Preheat the oven to 430 degrees. Rinse, drain, and pat the potatoes dry. Mix the fries with the oil and spices. Use your hands to rub the mix all over each fry. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Remove the pan, and flip the fries. Bake another 15-20 minutes until they are browned to your liking. Watch them carefully after 12 minutes to be sure they don’t burn.

The great thing about these is that they are so tasty on their own, they require no sauce or ketchup!

And now for a little teaser….

This single serve chocolate cake is made completely from oats, is low in both sugar and fat, and is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! I hope you’ll stop by Monday for the recipe!

What’s your favorite way to eat a sweet potato?

Anyone excited for school to resume?

Here in Tucson, we have a lot of ‘year round’ schools, so I think a lot of the kids are already back, but college starts up in a week or so!

This recipe is featured at The Veggie Nook with Gabby for the 5th installment of Healthy Vegan Fridays! Head over there to check out some delicious, vegan eats! :-)



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Comments: 26

  1. runservecook August 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Yum !(: check out my blog and WIAW to enter to win some Justin’s !(:

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

      Cool! I love Justin’s nut butters!

  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Those sweet potato fries look immense, yum!

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

      Thanks Jemma!

  3. Bec August 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm Reply

    The sweet potato fries look great. And I will definitely be back for that chocolate recipe. I’ve been resisting chocolate cravings all day.

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:03 am Reply

      I think sweet potatoes taste great no matter what! I hope you do stop back by!

  4. Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate) August 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I’ll never remember to stop by for that recipe!!! Just make sure to link back to the recipe next Wednesday!!! Looks so cute!

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:04 am Reply

      Haha! Ok Michelle, I will!

  5. healthinspirations August 15, 2012 at 3:08 am Reply

    I can’t stop looking at the sweet potato fries…they look sooooo good. Thanks for the recipe. Mine never turn out looking that crispy.

  6. Min August 15, 2012 at 5:42 am Reply

    Sweet Potatoes! YUMM…I never thought to add mustard though!
    That cake looks amazing! Does it have to be single serve? I’m growing ;)
    My school starts in two weeks…mixed feelings here..part of me is like that first girl “yippee!” and another part “ugh…” here I go again..

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:20 am Reply

      Hahaha! You can definitely double or triple the recipe if you like! I know what you mean about school….the idea of going back (if I do) is daunting!

  7. jessielovestorun August 15, 2012 at 6:41 am Reply

    That’s so wonderful that the ltitle one is becoming more independent and your getting more free time :)

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 9:21 am Reply

      It makes me so happy! I love my babies, but man, I miss having a moment or two to myself.

  8. Danielle (@Clean Food Creative Fitness) August 15, 2012 at 9:00 am Reply

    Love the sweet potato fries! Can’t wait for the upcoming recipe!

  9. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm Reply

    I was the same way with school! Still to this day when I see back to school commercials I get a pit in my stomach because I was always scared of new classes, teachers, etc! Sweet potato fries are the best I want to try your smoky recipe! And I can’t wait for the new recipe Monday :)

  10. Gabby @ the veggie nook August 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply

    You eats always make my mouth water! Can’t wait for Monday’s recipe!

  11. Natalie August 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I love sweet potatoes mashed with a little coconut oil and cayenne. Delicious!

    • Lauren August 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Oooo, that sounds delicious! I haven’t tried them with coconut oil yet, but I plan to!

  12. moderngirlnutrition August 16, 2012 at 8:21 am Reply

    Those fries look amazing! I think sweet potatoes are a million times better than regular potatoes:) Gorgeous photos all around, too!

  13. ally August 16, 2012 at 11:57 am Reply

    i can’t get enough of sweet potato anything – but fries may be my favorite form! thanks for sharing the yumminess!

  14. Alex @ therunwithin August 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

    oh gosh those fries are making me drool!

  15. Amanda August 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I’ve been constantly munching on sweet potatoes and black beans together. Yum! Those fries look killer.

    • Lauren August 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm Reply

      I’ve yet to try the sweet potato/black bean combo, but I’ve heard it makes for great enchiladas!

  16. Sarina @ Earthgiven August 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm Reply

    I love sweet potatoes, your recipe for smoky fries look wonderful! I also love sweet potatoes with black beans, they go great together. I BBQ sweet potato black bean burritos!

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