Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries w/ Garlic Aioli
So one day I was just sitting around thinking about how I can avoid getting cancer? What, you don't do that?? It's not too much of an uncommon thought process, since my main motivating factor being choosing a healthy lifestyle is so that I don't purposefully invite any of the deadly diet-related diseases into my life! Think about it, Diabetes, Heart Diseases (like Atherosclerosis, Hypertension), Cancers (Lung, Colon, Stomach, etc), Osteoporosis are all types of conditions that we have the immense power to prevent by making daily choices to protect and empower our bodies to THRIVE and function. Saying that brings me here to this recipe, a twist on the basic sweet potato fries we all enjoy.
At times when I am really craving an indulgence, I tell myself, "okay, you can have it...as long as you make it yourself!". 10/10 times the version of nachos I make at home are going to have waaaaayyy less salt/saturated fat/calories and add more fiber/veggies/polyunsaturated fats than a restaurant version. So when I'm craving fries, I grab the fattest sweet potato I can find and get to work!
This recipe calls for a little creativity and exploration with a different version of the sweet potato, the PURPLE sweet potato! Yeah, yeah it sure looks pretty...but here at Plant Built Bodies we're after more than just a pretty face. So here's what these purple beauties reaaaaally have to offer:
- Vitamin A- vision, helps cells differentiate, supports epithelial cells
- Vitamin C- increases iron absorption, antioxidant, immune support, collagen synthesis
- Manganese- supports cartilage, prevents tissue damage (HELLO osteoporosis)
- Copper- Antioxidant, supports melanin/collagen/elastin synthesis, supports cardiovascular function
- Vitamin B6- protein metabolism, blood cell & neurotransmitter synthesis, coenzyme
- Potassium- regulates blood pressure (guys, REALLY important), improves hypertension, helps coordinate nerve impulses leading to muscular contractions
- Iron- transports oxygen (important factor in hemoglobin), supports brain/immune function, needed for electron transport chain (ENERGY)
- Fiber- helps move stuff through digestive tract and helps keep us "regular"
Okay you got me. All of the awesome nutrients listed above are offered by any pigment sweet potato. The real reason why these purple ones are special (which also helps me tie in the message that I introduced the recipe with) is because of.... anthrocyanins! These are basically compounds that give plant foods (think berries, carrots, potatoes) their reddish/blueish/purple color. When we think about foods that are high in antioxidants aka cancer fighting agents, we think of berries right? Well anthrocyanins are why! Not only do they suppress the growth of cancer cells, but also have a long history of being used in traditional herbal medicine to treat conditions related to the urinary system (kidney stones)/liver/colon and improve blood circulation! Betcha didn't realize how many healthy benefits you were ordering along with your french fries...Enjoy!
- 1 Large (or several small) Purple Sweet Potato
- 1/3 c chopped Parsley
- 3 TBSP vegan Mayo
- 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2-3 cloves garlic (roughly chopped preferably)
- Recommended Spices: Freshly ground sea salt/black pepper, garlic powder
- Slice sweet potato into long french fry sized strips. Rub with coconut oil and season lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Spread potatoes evenly over slightly oiled baking pan. Bake at 425 deg for about 30 min, cook longer or shorter for desired crispiness. Toss around midway through cooking.
- Place olive oil, vegan Mayo, garlic cloves, and a sprinkle of chopped parsley into a blender. Blend for a couple of seconds until creamy. (If you are without a blender, simply chop the garlic finely and mix ingredients together by hand.
Serve Toss the fries with the remainder of the chopped parsley, and serve hot with creamy garlic aioli on the side!