Sweet Potato Steak Fries

I eat sweet potato fries all the time.  Sweet potatoes are one of those veggies that I didn’t touch as a child.  I wouldn’t even eat them in casserole form topped with marshmallow, syrup & nuts.  Nope.  I was only interested in your “normal” mashed potatoes as a child.  I didn’t even really try, or remember trying, sweet potatoes until just a few years back.  Now, I eat them several times a week.  My new favorite way is to eat them in steak fry form.  I used to make them in rounds, more like thicker chips, as you can see here.  Friday night, I tried the new, better way and love them!!

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These are so easy to make, it isn’t even funny.  I sliced a single sweet potato into steak fry shapes first.  Then, I sprayed with Pam and seasoned to my liking (I just used sea salt, pepper & cinnamon).  I tossed into the oven at about 375 – 400 and let them go.  I checked on them every 10 minutes or so and flipped about half way through and then towards the end again to brown up on all sides.  They ROCKED!! 

I served them along side of an open-faced fried egg sandwich.  I toasted 2 slices of Kinnikinnick’s Many Wonder Multi-Grain Bread  and then topped with fresh baby spinach, fried eggs and fresh chopped basil.  So good and went perfectly with the sweet potato steak fries!! 

If you like sweet potatoes, give these fries a try! 

 

Weekly Menu Plan ~ August 9, 2009

Phew, hot one out today!  96 with a heat index of 104.  It wouldn’t feel so bad if we had been having this weather all season, but it has been unseasonably cool here in Ohio.  I have to admit that this warmer weather has left me uninspired to cook much.  Too hot to turn the oven on, even with A/C.  There has been a lot of grilling going on.  School starts in 17 days.  I will miss having the kids around, but I look forward to being back on more of a structured daily schedule.  Plus, the arguing is getting a little much.  I declared one day last week “National No Arguing Day”.  The kids didn’t buy it.  Darn!  LOL!! 

A friend of ours gave us some cucumber & zucchini from their garden the other day.  You have to see this zucchini.  Jon was pretending to use it as a baseball bat, it is that big!!

This is a 12 inch ruler and a 750ml bottle of wine, for reference.

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Look how big around this thing is!

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Not sure what I am doing with this monster yet, but I see some zucchini bread in our future!!

In My Box is hosting this week’s gluten-free menu swap.  The ingredients of the week are lentils, beans & pulses.  I had no idea what pulses were, so I went to my trusty Wikipedia site to find out.  Basically they are legumes, but if you want more explanation, click here.  I eat lentils, beans & pulses all the time.  I add chickpeas and/or black beans to my salads all the time.  I also enjoy black beans with some red quinoa and other grilled or roasted veggies.  I don’t have any dinners planned using these items, but they will be in my salads & lunches.  ;) 

Sunday ~ Rotisserie Chicken, baked sweet potato w/cinnamon  & Greek yogurt, fresh green beans & mixed greens salad.

Monday ~ Spaghetti & meat sauce (ground turkey), roasted asparagus & salad

Tuesday ~ Baked Chicken Fingers, butternut squash fries, broccoli & salad

Wednesday ~ Leftovers or fend for yourself night (skating)

Thursday ~ Herb Roasted Pork (got bumped from last week), Brown Rice or quinoa, zucchini/yellow squash & salad

Friday ~ Pizza and salad

Saturday ~ Filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies & salad

Baked Goods

Pamela’s Bread

Zucchini Bread

Thanks to Cheryl at Gluten-Free Goodness for hosting the temporary GF Menu Swap HQ. 

For more great menu ideas, visit Orgjunkie

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I hope you all have a great week!!  Make sure to check back tomorrow & later in the week for some awesome giveaways!! 

Winner of the Contest

Hi guys!  There were only 3 people who commented/entered the contest for the Mary’s Gone Crackers & coupon.  I still used the Random Integer Generator for fairness and the result was:

#1 ~ Erin!  Erin said not the most creative answer to your question but I would like to win because I have never tried the black pepper variety or the sticks/twigs!

Congrats Erin!!!  I will ship your crackers & coupons out early this week!

Thanks to all who entered & keep checking back this week.  I have  another fun contest going up Monday morning and yet another towards the end of the week!  If you like cereal and yogurt, you are in for a treat! ;)

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