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.