If you are looking for a sweet and salty side dish alongside your burgers, look no further than these healthy sweet potato fries.
Sweet potatoes provide great sources of vitamin A, B6, E and C. Vitamin A, commonly known as beta carotene, is an antioxidant that protects against aging and cancer in non-smokers. Vitamin B6 prevents hardening of your blood vessels. Finally vitamin C and E are antioxidants which protect against disease.
Sweet potatoes are also extremely beneficial in the vegetarian diet because like other potatoes, they contain niacin (vitamin B3). While niacin deficiency is rare, it is more likely to occur in a vegetarian diet. Niacin is necessary to regulate levels of blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
The healthy sweet potato fries recipe is extremely easy and quick to prepare. While the fries are baking you can prepare your burgers so that both are ready to eat in less than an hour.
The best part about this healthy sweet potato fries recipe is that there are only six ingredients total. Most likely the only ingredient you would need to remember at the grocery store is a sweet potato.
- Sweet potato
- Cooking spray
- garlic powder
- 2 tsp olive oil
425 degrees Fahrenheit
- To make it easier to clean your baking sheet, line it with tin foil.
- Spray the tin foil with cooking spray.
- Cut sweet potato into wedges that are 1/2 inch thick.
- Put sweet potato wedges into a small to medium sized mixing bowl with 2 tsp. olive oil and toss the fries until evenly distributed.
- Add pepper, garlic and salt as needed to taste (often 1/2- 1 tsp of each).
- For even distribution shake fries with the seasonings in a plastic bag or toss them in the mixing bowl.
- Pour potato wedges evenly onto the baking sheet and place sheet into oven.
- Bake fries for 10-15 minutes.
- Take fries out of oven and turn over fries before placing baking sheet back into oven.
- Bake for another 10-15 minutes, watching carefully to ensure healthy sweet potato fries do not burn.
- If fries are thinner than 1/2 inch wedges shorten the cook time to avoid over baking the fries.
As a spice enthusiast, my favorite pairing with the sweet potato fries is spicy ketchup. I have seen many spicy catsup options at grocery stores lately, including “Jalapeno ketchup”, “Hot and Spicy Ketchup”, and “Sriracha Ketchup”. Alternatively, you can mix hot sauce with your ketchup for a tasty and tangy kick.