Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

I admit that the southern girl in me loves sweet potatoes. I always go for the bright orange ones, which are sometimes referred to as yams depending on your location. You can buy the white fleshed 'sweet potatoes' I've seen in stores, but I'm not sure who they're kidding calling them that. Personally I would recommend you always look for the bright orange fleshed yam variety.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A (the beta-carotene responsible for its bright orange color). They also provide and abundance of anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are loaded with fiber.

Alongside the sweet potatoes, I generally roast a few parsnips. They caramelize and sweeten when roasted, and have about the same cooking time as sweet potatoes. Look for these root vegetables at your grocery store. They resemble a large, white carrot as they belong to the same plant family. One serving of parsnips provides over one third of your daily Vitamin C requirements, fiber and folate.

For our family of five, I generally wash two large sweet potatoes and two parsnips. I cut them into fry size pieces, leaving the skin on, and place them on a large baking sheet. I coat them in extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, and sprinkle with pepper and salt. Then I roast them in the oven at 375 for a minimum of thirty minutes or until they are soft throughout. Half way through baking, mix them up on the baking sheet a bit so they continue to bake evenly.

These are often served alongside Grilled Herb Burgers and a big side salad. So good, and so easy to make too. 

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