April 05, 2010

Elimination Diet: Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

The Final Four was on this weekend. Y'ever heard of it?

Since T is something of a sports fan (T : Sports :: Kitt : Food...and, if you didn't know that I was a giant nerd, now you do), I've grown accustomed to surviving longs stretches of forced basketball spectating by drinking tallboys of Yuengling and mowing through wings and mozzarella sticks at Buffalo Wild Wings. Healthy, yes?

Since the elimination diet has (thankfully) put my avoidant drinking and eating days behind me, however, I was staring down the barrel of a long Saturday night filled with basketball, basketball, and more basketball. Blech.

(Sidenote: T is the best person in the world and gave up watching Duke/West Virginia (because who had any doubt about that one, really?) to take me to How to Train your Dragon, during which I cried, many times.)

So I decided that the night called for some fries, and made these little beauties in order to stay within the parameters of the diet.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • 6-8 sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut sweet potato in half lengthwise. Place the flat side of the potato on the cutting board, and cut the half into four slices, roughly equal in width. Slices should be roughly 1/2 an inch in width.

2. Coat the sweet potato slices in olive oil, then arrange them on baking sheets. Sprinkle with cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until they're tender and beginning to brown and turn crispy.

4. Optional: for a non-ketchup, elimination diet-friendly dipping sauce, mix 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard with 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

We ate these fries so fast. And they did help to dull the pain of basketball watching, which I can only do for about five minutes without losing interest and getting distracted by...oh, anything. Taxes, even.

Ooh! Thunderstorm! Oh no wait, just a motorcycle.

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