Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Move over French Fries we now have a new kid in town. Sweet Potato Fries!

Everyone kid I know loves French Fries. No surprises there given that some places even consider French fries as a vegetable serving, which is wrong. Have you tried sweet potato fries?  When we are craving fries, we make sweet potato fries at home and they are gone within minutes.

In America we use the words sweet potatoes and yams interchangeably. A Sweet Potato is not a potato or even a distant cousin of a potato. Potatoes are tubers; sweet potatoes are roots. Sweet potatoes have several advantages over potatoes. They have more calcium, vitamin C and anti oxidant-rich beta-carotene than white potatoes.  In fact, a serving of sweet potato fries has over a day’s worth of Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also have a lower glycemic index when compared to potatoes, so the sugar level does not rise as quickly in your body with sweet potato french fries as it does with potato french fries, making sweet potato  “ good complex carbs”.

Although you can bake sweet potato fries, this recipe is meant to be a healthier version of the fried potato French fries.

The recipe:

2 sweet potatoes

¼ teaspoon ground cumin/cumin powder

Oil for frying the sweet potatoes. I use canola oil

Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes and cut them in long pieces.

Heat oil in a small frying pan.  Add the cut sweet potatoes. Fry till they are cooked, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Remove from pan. Sprinkle salt and cumin. Enjoy as a snack or as side dish.

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