Cooking for One: Sweet Potato Fries

January 22, 2012 in Cheap Eats,Cooking for One

I always buy in-season vegetables because they’re a cheap way to incorporate more vegetables into my diet.  However, it can be slim pickings for good seasonal produce during the winter.  My favorite farmers market won’t be open until the spring and all of my favorite veggies are more expensive than I’m willing to pay for at the grocery store.

Thank goodness for the sweet potato!  Sweet potatoes pretty affordable year-round, but they tend to be a little cheaper during cold months.  At less than $1 per pound, they are a great way to add nutrients like beta-carotene, fiber and Vitamins A, D and C to your diet.  These baked sweet potato fries are easy to make and have become one of my favorite side dishes.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries for One

1 small sweet potato (I leave the peel on, but feel free to peel it)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt (or whatever salt you have on hand)
¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Cut sweet potato into ¼ inch wide strips.
  • In a bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil.
  • Spread sweet potatoes in a single layer on baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or lined with parchment.
  • Sprinkle sweet potatoes with brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, then take out and turn the sweet potatoes over with a spatula.
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until crisp.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes before enjoying your fries.
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Emily Hunter January 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

I love the sweet potatoes because they have all the nutrients, and can be served up as either a savory or a sweet dish. Now you’ve got me thinking about recipes for tonight involving sweet potatoes and chicken. :) Best thing to do on a rainy Atlanta day, right?


Single & Saving January 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I love the versatility of sweet potatoes too. One of my friends mentioned this Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew recipe to me a few weeks ago: I haven’t tried it, but it looks like it could be perfect for foggy nights like tonight :)


Lauren January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!


Single & Saving January 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I hope you enjoy them! It’s an easy recipe to double for married gals like yourself.


classycareergirl January 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

Now am craving for sweet potatoes! You just gave me an idea on what to prepare for tomorrow’s side dish. :)


Single & Saving January 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I’m glad that I could give you some side dish inspiration :)


Krystyn January 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

We love baked sweet potato fries. I prefer just a little sea salt and dipping them in ketchup!


Single & Saving January 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I like them with just a little sea salt too, but my sweet tooth typically wins out and I can’t resist adding some brown sugar.


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