Snacks for bad cooks -- sweet potato fries

Filed under: Nutrition: Health

Since switching to a vegetarian diet just prior to the New Year, I've had some successes and many failures in introducing new cuisine to my hungry toddler. Nolan's always had a voracious appetite, but he is very sure in his preferences.

Nolan's favorite snack was yogourt, previously, although he'd probably tell you it was "cake", (I allow him cake only very sporadically, and always after he's eaten a very robust dinner) Although I still keep yogourt in the house for him, I'm taking measures to decrease his dairy consumption. Soy yogourt is pretty gross, though (at least the brands I've tried so far), so I've had to come up with some alternative snacks. He eats a lot of fruit, but occasionally a snack time needs something more robust than an apple, and I've been experimenting. I'm an atrociously bad cook, so our options were limited, but I think we've found the solution: sweet potato fries. They're easy, they're delicious, they're high in vitamins (especially A) and best of all, they can be dipped.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  • Slice two medium-sized, washed sweet potatoes into chunky strips. I am not co-ordinated with the ole knife, so my strips are sometimes wedges and sometimes rectangles. No worries, all shapes are delicious!
  • Sprinkle some coarse sea salt, pepper, cumin and a little paprika on the potato wedges. Drizzle with olive oil -- I have found the best olive oil also is expensive and worth it for a reason. You don't need much.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then toss to make sure all sides are evenly cooked.
  • Bake another 10-15 minutes, until a warm, sweet aroma fills the house and you and the kid are both drooling.
The fries come out slightly crispy around the edges and soft and sweet in the middle. I whip up a dip with Veganaise mixed with curry powder, but Nolan loves plain old ketchup. Either way, they're awesome. Enjoy!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.