Posted by: Clem | January 29, 2009

Sweeeet…. I can still eat potatoes.

Okay, so while most popular diets tell you not to eat bread, rice, pastas, and potatoes…. don’t exclude Sweet Potatoes from your diet.  It’s a “Super Food” that packs a super punch.  Web MD highly recommends it as one of the top 5 foods for pregnant women.  Dr. OZ and Oprah have been encouraging viewers to eat more of it for years.  Try Sweet Potato Fries with Emiril Lagasse’s 2 dipping sauce recipes below. 

Sweet Potato

  • Why:Sweet potatoes pack vitamin C, folate, fiber, and carotenoids — compounds your body converts to vitamin A. They also supply potassium in large amounts.  They are rich in Complex Carbohydrates.  Supports healthy vision, fight free radicals, boost your immune system, and contribute to heart health.  Studies are currently being tested on it’s affects to diabetes as it has shown to lower blood sugar levels in animals.

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Make it fun for the kids and introduce them to sweet potatoes through Orange French Fries.  Most kids have only had Candied Yams or Sweet Potato Pie…. try something healthier.  You can find this in Costco’s frozen isle. 

Emeril’s Recipe:  Sweet Potato Fries with 2 Dipping Sauces

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Food of Love Productions, 2008

Sour Cream Dipping Sauce:

¾ cup sour cream
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
¼ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon lime zest

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to mix through.

Yield: ¾ cup

Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce:

¾ cup sour cream
1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon cilantro or parsley
¼ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon lime zest

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to mix through.

Yield: ¾ cup

Also Enjoy: Baked, sliced cold, cooked, peeled potatoes for snacks and side dishes, mashed with orange juice, and roasted: slice washed sweet potato into wedges, coat lightly with canola oil, and roast on a baking sheet at 400 Fahrenheit until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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