Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Things you love...made not "so bad" for you.

There are many things that I love to eat, that aren't the healthiest choices--how about you?  There are some things for me, that no matter how my food choices and habits change--that remain non-negotiable (like cake.. :)
Part of my mission thus far for my family has been to see how I can make some of those things a little less bad for us--This started a revolution in my kitchen to see how many things I could make from scratch (and it turns out BTW, that there are MANY things you can make from scratch in the same amount of time and at the same skill level--as throwing something frozen in the oven!)   'Cause when you take out the fillers, additives, preservatives and other highly processed items--it gets, a little, better for you.  (and I say a little only because we cannot be in denial that cake--no matter how delicious, is sadly not really ever a healthy choice...)

There are a few items however that by making at home, from fresh whole ingredients (not bought in a package in the frozen food aisle...) get so much better  for you--like baked sweet potato french fries and vegetarian pizza.

I encourage you to see where you can make some small changes in your kitchen--to make from scratch instead of buying it already prepared--you may just find, like I did that it doesn't actually take any longer to prepare, tastes WAY better, and isn't full of ingredients that you don't want anyway!

Sweet Potato French Fries 
Sweet potato peeled and cut into shoestrings (regular potatoes can be substituted with great success!)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat your oven to 425 degrees.  Toss potato, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Arrange coated potatoes on a nonstick cookie-sheet or silicone mat.  Try not to crowd them too much--they won't crisp up if you do...
Cook for about 10 min (or until they aren't sticking to the pan) and then flip.  Cook another 10 minutes or until nice and golden.  Done :)  
NOTE: sweet potato fries don't get quite as crispy as a regular potato, but the do get equally delicious!



  1. check out a book called "feed me I'm yours" and "taming the candy monster".
    great ideas for good healthy food. Like cake but not as much sugar and such.

  2. Thanks! Will send those titles with Bil the next time he hits the library :)