Baked Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries
These are the hottest potatoes in restaurants these days.  No wonder…These little spears are so tasty. They’re sweeter than a regular potato and far more nutritious.  Instead of deep frying, I’m baking them coated with a small amount of olive oil.  Each serving has 136 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  A medium size French fries at Carl’s Jr has an astounding 710 calories and 33 grams of fat!!!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 25-30 minutes


Ingredients

2 (12 oz) bags Sweet Potato Spears from Trader Joe’s or 2 large sweet potatoes (~2 pounds, unpeeled)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. If you’re not using already prepped bags, peel the sweet potatoes and cut into ⅛ inch spears.

3. Place sweet potato spears on a baking pan.  Drizzle olive oil over potatoes.  Using your hands, toss well to evenly coat.

4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tender and crisp.  Turn potatoes once during baking.

Serves 6 (about ⅔ cup each)


Food Facts

Sweet potatoes are sweeter than a regular potato and grow in warmer climates.

In America, we grow two main types of sweet potatoes.  One is a pale sweet potato and the other is a darker- skinned variety.


Healthy Benefits

Sweet potatoes have a high nutritional value.  They’re loaded with vitamin A.  In fact, one sweet potato has twice the amount of vitamin A a person needs in one day.  They also contain an impressive amount of potassium, fiber and vitamin C.


Shopping Tip

I found prepped sweet potato spears at Trader Joe’s and many supermarkets also carry bags of prepped them.


Storage Tip

Store sweet potatoes as you would white potatoes, in a cool, dry place.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about ⅔ cup)
136 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 1g protein, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, 170mg sodium, 4g sugar
FAT FACTS: for a medium Carls Jr. French fries
710 calories, 33g fat, 8g protein, 62g carbs, 5g fiber, 1790mg sodium, 1g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!