Sweet Potato Oven Fries

This side dish is super easy, tasty, and offers the rock solid nutrition of the sweet potato.  Toss julienned Bauregard sweet potatoes with a few key ingredients, pop in a hot oven, and voila!  Sweet potato fries.

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Sweet Potato Oven Fries, fresh out of the oven

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Bauregard sweet potatoes

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Ready to go into the oven

The key to getting a little crispness to these fries without deep frying is to use a small quantity of corn starch in the coating of the sweet potatoes, which allows these moist, fine textured tubers to brown in the heat of the oven.  I love how the sweet, mellow flavor of sweet potato pairs so well with warm spice.  I use Berebere seasoning, which is mighty hot.  To tailor heat to your liking, you can use a bit of cayenne with cinnamon for great results.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

2 LB Bauregard sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick French fry shape
2 TB corn starch
1 tsp sea salt, fine
1/2 tsp Berebere seasoning or 1/4 tsp each cayenne pepper and cinnamon
3 TB oil (coconut and  olive oil both work well)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl mix together the corn starch, salt, and Berebere seasoning until combined.  Add sweet potato pieces and toss to coat.  Add oil and toss again to coat the sweet potato pieces.

Spread in a single layer on two large baking sheets, making sure pieces are not crowded.  Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and browning.  Serve immediately for best texture.

Teff Porridge with dates and walnuts

Here’s a great addition to your breakfast repertoire:  warm, gentle, nourishing teff porridge.

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Teff Porridge with dates and walnuts

I topped this bowl with diced medjool dates and walnuts.  Add a dusting of cinnamon to make it even better.

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Medjool dates, walnuts, and tiny uncooked Teff grains

Simple to make, powerfully nutritious, and delicious – this may be a new go-to breakfast for your winter mornings.  Enjoy!

Teff Porridge
(serves two)

1/2 cup Teff grains
2 cups water
dash salt
4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup chopped lightly toasted walnuts
cinnamon for dusting
1 cup milk or milk alternative

Heat water in a small sauce pan to boiling. Stir in the teff grains and salt.  simmer, while stirring, until the porridge thickens — this will take about 15 minutes.  Divide into two bowls, top each with portions of the dates, walnuts, milk, and cinnamon.

If you’re cooking for one, just divine the cooked Teff into two bowls, and refrigerate the second portion.  It heats up in the microwave nicely for day two of a fabulous breakfast or snack.