Tuesday, May 11, 2010

my no guilt version - sweet potato fries

So while I think my eating while training could certainly be "better". 

love food.

I enjoy food.

[not always of the "healthy" type].

Had to laugh when a fellow runner [during January's R&R AZ Marathon] came up beside me and said, "ya, so when was the last time you had a burger?".

I smiled [thought very briefly] and said, "Thursday.  In-N-Out burger." 

I'm a burger girl.

I wasted five [if not more] years of my life.  stressingaboutfood.  - - - so stupid.

However, I will say I became a pretty dang good cook during this time.  I was such a control freak about what I ate and wanted to know what exactly was "in" my food.  [fat, carbs, etc]

If possible, I feel I am too relaxed now [especially while I am training] but I do enjoy what I eat regardless if it is "Healthy" or not.

Here is a recipe I've been enjoying for the last year or so. 

Typically, I don't like to alter recipes I love.  Normally, I'd just choose to eat them less but I tried this out in early 2009 and have been making it almost weekly, ever since.

But you cannot forget to make the dipping sauce!!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries [easy]!!

Toss 2 pounds sweet potatoes (cut into thin strips or wedges) with 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon each cumin and chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast on a large baking sheet [the larger the better - as it is best to NOT have them touching each other] in a 425 oven until crisp, 30-35 minutes, turning about two times during baking.

Now for the awesome part.

Aioli mustard dipping sauce:

1 cup light/reduced fat mayo [I have tried fat free - NOT recommended]
3 Tablespoons aioli garlic mustard [I use the Trader Joe's one] 
2 packets Splenda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

*This most likely will make more than you will need but it keeps in the fridge really well.*
e n j o y !

What's your favorite food that's not usually ever found in the "you should eat this while training" handbook?! ; )


Marlene said...

Mmm, I love to eat! Burgers...yummy.

I *love* SP fries! I oven roast them at home in olive oil & salt, but I love the added spices. DEFINITELY gonna try this! Thanks, girl!

NY Wolve said...

I am going to try that. I have a love hate relationship with food. I tend to binge and blow up and then lose the weight. Or try to.

Love the recipe, and I will try it. I have made oven fries before with lackluster results.

Balaphoto said...

Great fries !! good blog!! Congratulations!!



Tricia said...

sounds great, I'll have to give that sauce a try!

Julie said...

OMG, those look fantastic! My hubby and I order those off of the TGI Friday's menu:) Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I'm coming to your house!

The Eliason's said...

I'm still keeping you away from my "muffin tops"...i've seen you pick!!

Unknown said...

There is this burger chain here in Houston called, "Smash Burger" ... they offer them on a whole grain bun so maybe once a month or so I will stop and get a whole grain smash burger ... I know, I know ... I'm a complete lame-o when it comes to eating ... that is about as crazy as I get!

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Teamarcia said...

I make regular sp fries but those look divine!
I am a total burger girl as well!

Unknown said...

Those look wonderful! We ate sweet potato fries for a while and then switched to different kinds of potatoes and now this reminds me that a change would be just what I need!

Pam @ herbieontherun.com said...

Oreos. Always Oreos.

Btw, I'm keeping this recipe! I WILL be making these soon!

Kelly Leigh said...

These look fab. I have a food related confession. I am obsessed with mayonnaise. Like I can't eat a sandwich without embarrassing amounts of it and I wont even bother with light mayo. It's not even close. Will be making this with regular mayo soon!

robin said...

i am doing this. like, tomorrow.

Jameson said...


Unknown said...

In n Out=guilt! I had my first one in years and years on Saturday and I have to say, it wasn't what I remembered it to be. I'm NOT a burger girl but I did LOVE the french fries. I'll need to try your recipe, it looks a tad bit healthier than In n Out fries!

Johann said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love sweet potato fries. I eat what ever I crave but I am careful with fatty/oily foods.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

OH YUM!!! Thanks for posting this, and also, thank you so much for the very sweet comments on my posts :)

Jamie said...

Hey there! Just discovered that you run in a lot of Arizona races! Very cool, I'm from Tucson and plan on doing a few of the ones that you ran. Also, sweet potato fries are pretty much the best kind of fries. :)

Tri-James said...

I love the baked fries - and I will try the sauce.

Madison M. said...

Ohh I totally put a whole burger and fries away after my 17 miler on saturday! My boyfriend and sister looked at me like I was crazy but I was soooo hungry and that burger with bacon on it was delicious!!! :)

Aimee said...

Yum...I love sweet potato fries, but will have to try your recipe!

And for a something I eat that I really shouldn't during training; twix, anything chocolate and peanut butter, and sweedish fish. I don't indulge very often, but every once in awhile I get an intense craving for something sweet and those are what I go for! :)

MCM Mama said...

Beer. ;o)

Those fries look yummy!

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

How did I miss the "When was the last time you had a burger?" comment during the marathon? Granted, I was a little self absorbed, but I would have gotten a kick out of that. I didn't miss the "I want to be at your 'pace'" runner though. Thanks for the recipe.

Kera said...

yum. i can't wait to go to rumbi's and gorge myself. do you have rumbi's their fries are the best. you should come up to utah, and then we could have fries and then go to nordstrom and buy new running clothes and get our makeup done. hooray! that would be so totally like awesome.

Angie said...

Damn you and your sweet [potatoes fries! They will not mm lose the 10 lbs that I swear are making me un slow. Oh, how I llove sweet potato fries. Sigh.

The Boring Runner said...

The food that I shouldn’t eat but Is always around is probably beer. That stuff is like drinking 4 (ok, maybe 6 or 7) regular cokes in one sitting.