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Friday, January 3, 2014

The Tastiest & Healthiest Sweet Potato Fries



































Today, I bring back my forever food crush, sweet potatoes. I gushed about my sweet lover in this post so I'll refrain from going on and on about my deep love affair with them and how wonderful, nutritious and delicious they are. I will say, in short, that they are very high in vitamin A and vitamin C and a good source of manganese, calcium, potassium, copper, and fiber.

I've experimented with sweet potato fries for so long. I was never pleased with the result. They were either too bland, overly seasoned, or too mushy and not crispy enough. So, I would try to make them better each time I had them with a meal instead of stressing myself out for 1 week experimenting and getting food drunk on sweet potatoes and swearing I'd never eat them again after turning orange from eating them all week (side note: I have actually turned orange from eating too many carrots and guess what vegetable appeals least to me now? Yep, carrots). I just couldn't risk losing such a beautiful love affair! Anyway, I finally got it right. These sweet potato fries are perfectly crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The roasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes and the spices enhance the flavor even more. Truth be told, these would be just as delicious without the spices, but I like the addition of them. The arrowroot starch is key to this recipe. It's what makes them crispy.

I took a bit of a break over the holidays from blogging and from technology in general. I reflected back on 2013, which was by far the hardest year of my life since I lost my mom, but also a year of awakening and courage. I had to pick up the pieces, figure out what I needed to leave behind to uncover my true self, my true purpose, and to have the courage to jump into the unknown. I now live my life with this prayer to the Universe, "use me to serve others and the world in the way that I was meant to" as opposed to living my life with the goal of self-fulfillment.

I also narrowed down, tweaked and finalized my goals for 2014. I'll be honest, I've always dreaded goal-setting. It's a lengthy and tedious process. They should be challenging enough but attainable, measurable and actionable. Goal-setting is tough because it requires reflection and planning ahead simultaneously. This year, I tried to change my thinking around setting goals.

Danielle LaPorte, best-selling author, blogger and motivational speaker, created a revolutionary concept around setting goals called The Desire Map. She suggests that your desired feelings should inform how you plan your day, week, month, year. In other words, it's not about the goal itself, but how you want to FEEL when you reach that goal. Your goals, the things outside of yourself that you want to obtain or accomplish, should be centered around how you want to feel inside. She calls them your core-desired feelings. Danielle suggests to avoid the common ones like "confidence" and "success." Go deeper. What does it feel like to have confidence? Is it freeing? What makes you feel free? Acceptance of yourself? Love for yourself? Then, maybe your core-desired feeling is love. If you're curious, my core-desired feelings are: freedom, joy, connection, love, peace, bravery. All of my goals have at least one of these core-desired feelings next to them so that I always keep the true intention of my goals in my mind and in my heart.

The beautiful thing about this concept is that we cannot control our circumstances, only how we feel about them. So, it is much more empowering and effective to chase feelings instead of goals because we can change how we feel in any given moment. And if we don't achieve our goals, we can change how we feel about that fact and grow in that realization instead of deeming ourselves a failure. Life-changing! Bravo, Danielle, bravo.



Sweet Potato Fries

YIELD: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
• 2 medium-large sweet potatoes
• 2 Tbs unrefined coconut oil, melted
• 2 tsp arrowroot starch
• 1/2 tsp chili powder
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with a Silpat, parchment paper or grease sheets with coconut oil.



2. (Directions in conjunction with picture above: top left to bottom right) Peel the sweet potatoes then cut them in half crosswise (4 pieces). *You do not have to peel them. I have been leaving the skin on & they still taste great! The skin holds lots of nutrients, too. Then, cut each sweet potato quarter in half again lengthwise (8 pieces). Lay each piece flat side down. Working with one sweet potato piece at a time, starting from the left or right, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Turn the slices on their side and cut lengthwise again in 1/2-inch slices to create fries.



3. Place the sweet potato fries in a large bowl and add in the coconut oil, arrowroot starch, chili powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Mix well, until the arrowroot starch is no longer visible. You can use your hands or a large spoon. Just be sure to coat fries evenly.



4. Place the fries on the 2 baking sheets. Make sure they don't touch so that they cook evenly. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes then flip the fries and bake for another 15 minutes, or until they're crispy and golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. 

Happy New Year, y'all! I truly look forward to creating more blog posts, developing more healthy vegan and gluten-free recipes and helping to spread the knowledge of holistic health to improve your lives and the lives of those you love as well as bringing awareness to serious issues we as consumers are kept in the dark about. If there are any recipes you'd like me to create a vegan gluten-free version of, please leave a comment below or shoot me an e-mail. Cheers! ♡

"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?" Danielle LaPorte

3 comments:

  1. This looks amazing Claire! I love sweet potato :)

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  2. By the way thanks for sharing this: "...we cannot control our circumstances, only how we feel about them. So, it is much more empowering and effective to chase feelings instead of goals because we can change how we feel in any given moment. And if we don't achieve our goals, we can change how we feel about that fact and grow in that realization instead of deeming ourselves a failure." So true <3

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    1. It makes my heart happy that that resonated with you! :-) You have to try the sweet potato fries! Let me know if you do & what you think of them.

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