I was recently shopping and found a great deal on sweet potatoes.
Most people think of sweet potatoes at the holidays but they are great all year long. Yes, fast-food restaurants deep fry them, or smother them in butter and sugar, making them not as healthy to eat, but they are wonderfully nutritious cooked in other ways.
I put a few in the oven when I am cooking other foods and freeze them for future use. I put 2 cups of mashed sweet potato with one egg, and seasoning. Then I form patties and fry them in a non-stick pan coated with cooking spray to golden brown and serve with pork dishes as a side.
Fresh sweet potatoes, thin sliced, can be oven-baked into chips to serve with sandwiches or as a light snack.
Did you know that sweet potatoes are sweeter in the summer months? They naturally develop sweetness from having more time to convert starch to natural sweet flavor.
Bridget McNabb has lived in Wyandotte County for 25 years. She has raised three lovely daughters that have given her some wonderful grandchildren to spoil. She has attended college and obtained three degrees. Her greatest degree, she says, is raising her children in a loving, nurturing home even when times were tough. She currently works at Johnson County Community College in the Hospitality Management Program department. She loves watching the students learn to create great food and the chefs that teach them. With her husband Jay and their dog Bailey, they enjoy visits with friends and family around their large table over a good meal.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Chips
2 large sweet potatoes
Butter-flavored cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. Arrange potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheets. Spray with cooking spray. Bake, turning once, 25 minutes or until chips are crisp. Sprinkle lightly with salt or your favorite flavor: cinnamon and no-calorie sweetener, Ranch dressing powder, orange zest, or rosemary and thyme.
3. Can be prepared and put in airtight container and brought to a picnic or any outdoor event.