February 21, 2020 by John Fernandez
#BaptistHealthy Easy Eats: Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but there’s no need to wait for the holidays to enjoy sweet potatoes. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Once you try baked sweet potato fries, you won’t miss deep fried fries. Plus, roasting enhances the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes.
And you won’t believe how easy it is to prepare this delicious, family-friendly recipe.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C, and they’re a good source of dietary fiber. They can be found in a variety of colors including purple, but those that are orange are a good source of beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A inside the body which is important for eye health and immunity.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Makes 4 servings
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Garnish with parsley
Optional: ½ teaspoon garlic powder, or ½ teaspoon turmeric, or ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rinse, peel, and cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.
- Then cut each half into 5-6 wedges.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss.
- Optional: add garlic powder, turmeric, or paprika. Toss.
- Place wedges on a baking sheet, making sure they do not overlap.
- Bake for about 15 minutes.
- Turn fries over and finish baking for about 15 more minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Thinner cut ‘fries’ take less time to bake!
Nutritional Information: Per serving: Calories 120, Fat 4 grams, Sodium 184 mg, Carbohydrate 21 grams, Protein 2 grams.
About Lucette Talamas
Lucette Talamas is a registered dietitian with Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from University of Florida. With additional experience as a clinical dietitian, Ms. Talamas enjoys providing practical nutrition information to promote healthy lifestyles that can help prevent and manage chronic diseases. Her expert tips and advice have been featured in print and broadcast media, including Miami Herald, CBS Miami, Telemundo and Univision. Active in professional nutrition organizations, Ms. Talamas was recently honored with the 2018 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.