Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Oh sweet, sweet, sweet potato fries! I’ve been wanting to recreate something like this that is somewhat photogenic for a long time! This is such a crowd-pleasing go to meal or appetizer for when you’re craving fries, but also want all the toppings! “Fries” - that are actually baked - in an ideal cooking oil, and adding alkalizing greens and veggies, fresh dips and cheeses makes this meal pretty nutritionally sound. I do believe that fries get a bad rap when you make them at home, especially sweet potato fries! Sweet potatoes are a great source of carotenoids, fibre and potassium.
Honestly, when we buy a house, I just want Marcus and I to stand by the counter after these have come out of the oven and eat this right over the plate while our dogs watch patiently for fallen soldiers. Sunday nights at their finest. Does anyone else envision little things like that about their ideal future?
These fries were made with a secret ingredient though. One that you can’t see. One that can separate a good meal from a great meal, nutritionally. That is the oil we use to cook. Cooking with cheaper vegetable oils such as canola, safflower and sunflower provides us with more omega 6 fats, which in excess cause inflammation. They also go rancid at higher temperatures, and rancid fats contribute further to inflammation.
Oils to use for cooking include:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Grass Fed Butter
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
The flax oil may surprise you. Most flax oils shouldn’t be heated due to their lignan content. This flaxseed oil can sustain high temperatures as they cold press it and remove the lignans. Flaxseed oil is such a beneficial oil to use because it contains more omega 3 fats than omega 6, which allows us to bring our 6:3 ratio back down to about 4:1. It currently averages out at 16:1.
It is invisible ingredients like these that some forget about in their diet. Many restaurants use cheaper oils, and even when ordering healthier options off the menu, you may not be aware of what cooking oil they’re using.
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Preparation time: 35-40 minutes
4-5 small sweet potatoes, cut lengthwise into equal pieces
2 tbsp Organic Traditions Flaxseed Cooking Oil
1.5 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Sea salt, pepper to taste
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup radicchio, chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 small red onion, chopped
2 tbsp green onion, julienned
1/2 a jalapeno pepper, chopped (seeds removed if desired)
1/4 cup guacamole (or diced avocado)
1/4 cup goat’s cheese, broken up
1/4 cup salsa
1 tbsp roasted chickpeas
Drizzle of sriracha
Sprinkle of nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 425° F. To cook the sweet potato fries, toss sweet potato in Flaxseed Cooking Oil, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper. Lay on a baking sheet, leaving as much equal space as you can for all fries. Bake for 20-30 minutes, rotating mid-way.
Prepare all veggies by washing and chopping them in advance. When the fries are finished cooking, transfer them to a heat safe plate or baking dish, and add your toppings. The ones mentioned are just suggestions! Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serve!
Happy Saturday! And happy snacking!