You know, there’s not much that bugs me more than to hear someone complain about food. You know what I mean. "I don’t like this," or "This is boring." Tell me I’m from the Old School if you like, but the truth is we’re spoiled. Eating for survival means eating what’s put in front of you. Learn to eat and enjoy different foods. Keep your mouth shut and chew what you’re eating, unless you’re complimenting the cook. And, for heaven’s sake, if you’re the one doing the cooking, that’s why there are things like cookbooks and herbs and spices! If you want to get your children to eat vegetables, as they well should, then you might need to get creative. The trick, of course, is not to work too hard at it. Well, here’s something I hope you’ll try.
Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
by Nichole Roberts
I had the pleasure of tasting these delicious fries a couple of years ago and let me just say once you try them…you will be cooking them again and again.
Extra-virgin olive oil, for lightly coating 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced like steak fries 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/4 packet taco seasoning mix
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, drizzle oil over the potatoes and toss to coat. Add salt and taco seasoning mix and toss.
Place sweet potato fries in one even layer onto a baking sheet. Keep space between them so they get crispy on all sides. Bake in batches. Place into the oven for 10 minutes, then flip them over.
Place back in for 10 more minutes. They should be soft on the inside and browned on the outside. Let them cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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See how simple that is? There’s no reason sweet potatoes should be boring. You don’t have to add marshmallows to your sweet potatoes every time you cook up some. Of course, you can modify the above recipe to your liking. Experiment. Have fun!
Of course, to make the best sweet potato dishes, how about growing your own sweet potatoes this year, instead of getting them out of a can? They’re really easy to grow, too. They thrive in warm summer weather, and, if you’ve never grown them, you’ll be amazed how long the vines get. Remind me to have Survival Sam tell you about how even the leaves can be eaten. Meanwhile, keep that sweet potato fry recipe handy.