Sweet Potato Fries


Sweet Potato Fries are so delicious, and are made healthier by being baked, instead of fried!


I did something way out of character for my Sunday-self today.

I had fun.

My anxiety level is usually a bit on the high side when I wake up on Sunday mornings, as I think about the upcoming work week and all the things I blew off the day before to drink beer on the back deck, that now has to get done. I rarely leave the house, except for a quick grocery run and the occasional lunch at my parents, preferring to nest and clean instead.

Today, though, I was feeling a bit frisky and decided to give my boring Sunday self a swift kick in the shorts (it’s hot out) – starting with a spontaneous lunch out at Monterrey. Ben and I were on our way to the grocery store when we said, screw it…let’s do it! Plus you’re never supposed to grocery shop on an empty stomach, right? ;)

My cheese enchilada and side of rice was pretty much the best thing I ever ate. I just love that restaurant!

As we were eating, I got a text from my parents. They were going to catch a matinee showing of Horrible Bosses and wanted to see if we’d like to come with. The thought of spending the afternoon outside the house made me sweat a little (I know, I’m weird) but I decided – what the heck, why not?!


And so we spent the afternoon laughing our buns off. That movie is seriously hysterical!!! Funny from start to finish, which you rarely find.

Plus it’s fun to say the name with a fun, east coast accent – harrible Harrible HARRible bosses!! ;)

After the movie, Ben and I continued our crazy, non-traditional Sunday with a long afternoon walk. It is blazing hot out, without so much of a whisper of a breeze, and we were sweating like crazy before we reached the end of our block.

The sweat really started rolling when we crossed paths with my angry bird! Ben’s all, it’s fine it’s fine, just keep walking, while I’m all omgomgomgomgAHHHH as it indeed came swooping down from its perch high in the trees, and chased me into the tunnel. I am traumatized! :(

On the way back I start sprinting past it and Ben’s all babe you’re cray-AHHH!! as it swooped in on HIM! HA! NOT crazy! That BIRD is crazy!


I was still stuffed from my Mexican lunch (can you say entire basket of chips & 2 bowls of salsa demolished?) so I made baked Sweet Potato Fries for a light dinner.

These were different than my usual sweet potato fries, as I made them with ZERO oil!


All I did was lightly spray a foil-lined sheet pan with non-stick spray, then laid a sweet potato cut into fries on top.


I seasoned them with garlic salt and pepper then tossed to coat.


I baked them for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then brought the oven rack up to the top and broiled for ~2 minutes on one side, then flipped and broiled for 2 minutes on the other. Just until they were dark brown and crispy.


Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 1-2


Sweet Potato Fries are so delicious, and are made healthier by being baked, instead of fried!


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • salt
  • pepper
  • non-stick spray


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees then cut sweet potato into fries, about 1/4" wide.
  2. Place fries on a foil-lined baking sheet then generously spray with non-stick spray, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat fries in seasonings and spray.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes (maybe more depending on how thick you cut your fries) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Move rack to the top then turn on the broiler. Broil for 2 minutes then flip fries and broil for 2 minutes on the other side.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


Umm, I could NOT tell the difference between these fries and the ones I usually toss with a teaspoon or two of oil before baking. Awesome!


A few of my fries were dunkeroo’d in BBQ sauce, but they were honestly delicious all by themselves.


Three cheers for no added oil!


And three MORE cheers for Sunday funday! I’m so glad I decided to get my butt out of the house today. I’m always afraid I won’t have enough “time” to mentally prepare myself for Monday morning if I’m not at home all day, but that’s clearly not the case.

Have a great Sunday night! :)


How do you like to spend your Sundays? Do you take full advantage of the last day of your weekend, or do you prefer to stay low key at home?

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  1. I know that Sunday feeling well, so I’m glad you were able to shake it and have some fun! We also saw terrible bosses, definitely funny :)

  2. MMm…I have a passionate love for sweet potato fries. :) I’m definitely going to make some tonight.

    I prefer to spend my Sundays with a little fun and a liiiittle work. Usually, it’s in the form of grocery shopping and maybe some organizing/vacuuming around the house. My fun is generally spending a few hrs in the morning with the runners. We go on a run and then meet for coffee and chatting afterward. This weekend however, we took on a deck building project so it was pretty go-go-go as of 8am on Saturday morning. But that being said, we now have a brand spankin’ new deck! And I even managed to get a 4.5 mile run in this morn.

  3. anna 07.10.2011

    My uncle was a Navy SEAL. Sadly I never got to meet him.

    Glad you had a fun day!

  4. Lindsey 07.10.2011

    Usually we stay close to home, do a long run in the morning, then brunch at home and cleaning and laundry :) I always tend to get stressed out too on Sundays.

  5. Melanie 07.10.2011

    I’m with you on the Sunday stress levels!

  6. I have that same anxiety level on Sundays. I feel like Sunday is my day to get EVERYTHING done. I’m OK with leaving the house as long as I’m home by mid-afternoon. Also, sometimes we go to a family dinner on Sunday nights, which is fine as long as I get everything done beforehand. I feel like such a failure if I don’t get everything done on Sundays! I also have a hard time sleeping on Sunday nights, b/c I’m thinking about the week :/

  7. Machelle 07.10.2011

    the crazy bird stories are crackin me up!!! i usually lay low on sundays unless i get invited to a NASCAR party. i seem to do enough partyin on fri-sat, so i need a day at home to get chores done.

  8. Renee 07.10.2011

    I love to go to church on Sunday morning. To me, it is the best way to mentally and spiritually prepare for the upcoming week. Then me and my husband went to Chipolte for lunch. We had chicken burritos (Yum) and I broke mine in half and had the other half for dinner tonight. We walked from there to Dairy Queen and shared a hot fudge sundae. I came home and was lazy and talked to my Mom on the phone, did dishes and got on facebook!

  9. This Sunday has been low key… Went to a farmer’s market on my tandem bike that I dusted off from our shed and then made some quesadillas (YAY for mexican lunches!) …. after watching two episodes of PLL I’m ready to get outta the house for a workout. although it would be nice to keep snackin’ on this box of cheerios. hmm.

    i reeeeeeeally want to see horrible bosses. glad you recommended it!

  10. Amy 07.10.2011

    I always think that thinking about Monday just makes it way worse than it’s going to actually be. . . . ya drive yourself crazy all cooped up in the house thinking of stuff to do but not being able to do it! I’m all for staying busy with fun stuff!!
    Glad you liked the movie – I’m not sure I’ll see it in the theatre, but Jason Bateman def. makes it rentable. He’s hilarious!! We saw Transformers 3 the other night – fun summer action flickage is awesome!

  11. dmcgirl (Dawn) 07.10.2011

    Seriously how can you even turn on your oven in the summa!!??
    I haven’t cooked in weeks…. woo whoo!!!!!

  12. Lauren 07.10.2011

    I always love the feeling of not having any chores or work to do on Sundays. That is how Sunday’s should be right? Why do we always seem to deem them as more work days than fun days! Glad you had a good day.

  13. Casey 07.10.2011

    Kristin, have you read any any Suzanne Brockmann novels? She is a Navy Seal expert–it’s fiction with a lot of romance thrown in. Plus, she’s hysterical. I highly recommend her books! There’s tons of drama, excitement and romance…she’s my fave author!

  14. usually my sundays are a mix of fun & practical… a work out, church, good meals, grocery shopping, and the next food network star! yes!!

  15. Rachel 07.10.2011

    I don’t why I do this every week, but I put off everything I could get done on Saturday until Sunday. And Sundays, we usually spend a couple hours at my husband’s parents’ house for lunch. And then I usually have something I have to pick up at the store, and laundry to do, and a baking or cooking project…I’m usually exhausted by about 6pm! And then worrying about what Monday will bring…Although today, I was busy as usual, but I was pleasantly stressed, not feeling rushed or anything (if that makes any sense). Bring it, Monday!

  16. Kim 07.10.2011

    I usually make Sunday low key and stay at home. Hey, you would probably like the book, The Warrior Elite (The Forging of SEAL Class 228) by Dick Couch. He profiled a Navy Seal team for 6 months. Those guys are soooooo amazing!

  17. A.J. 07.10.2011

    I like to reserve by weekends for fun, so I try to clean and run errands during the week. Often, especially if work is busy, I just cannot get my “to do” list accomplished during the week. So although my goal is to have weekends open for whatever suits my fancy, in reality weekends are often a mix of “have to get it done” tasks and fun.

  18. Oh, I totally have Sunday anxiety too! I do things during the day but like to be home at night so that I have time to mentally prepare and wind down so I can sleep.

  19. Jane 07.10.2011

    Haha, we had Mexican food for lunch too! Have you ever had Alexia chipotle sweet potato fries? OMG, they are sooooo goooood! If you have not, you should try them sometime. My work week doesn’t start til Tuesday, so I’m always sad Monday evenings :(

  20. Jill 07.10.2011

    We had sweet potato fries tonight too! You should try mixing some ketchup with curry powder, it tastes awesome with the fries!

  21. My boyfriend and I are watching the Discovery Special on Seal Team 6 too! I am glued to the TV screen I find this so interesting!

    I can’t wait to see that movie! It looks so funny! I’ve never made sweet potato fries without even a tiny bit of EVOO but I think I’m going to try it!

  22. Megan 07.11.2011

    It’s funny that you should notice our East Coast accents. The way other parts of the country say it “Hooorible” sounds so funny to me.
    Ha! Glad you had a good day.

  23. Hope 07.11.2011

    Looks like a fun Sunday! :) Those sweet potato fries look tasty! I never use oil when making fries like that. I just stick to cooking spray and it works perfectly. :)

  24. So glad you mentioned that movie. I’ve been debating whether or not I want to spend money to see it… I’m def going now!

  25. I try to avoid thinking about work on Sundays. My boyfriend will be like, ugh work tomorrow, and I’m like shhhh, don’t talk about it! Haha. I like to have a mix of relaxation, productivity, and some fun. Yesterday we went to church, ran some errands, watched baseball, worked out, and then ended the weekend with a little cruise to Rita’s for some dessert. It was a great Sunday.

  26. Sara 07.11.2011

    Sounds like a fun Sunday! I love getting out of the house and doing stuff on Sunday cause otherwise I’d sit at home and think about how I have to work the next day. I wanted to watch that SEAL show, but I missed it. That book sounds awesome though!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.11.2011

      They have a “surviving the cut” series starting tonight all about SEAL training – sooo jazzed to watch!

  27. Ali 07.11.2011

    I’m like you, I like to kick it all day Sunday and try to get myself prepped for the upcoming week. With that said, I am getting my Masters in Acupuncture and we have school all day most Sundays, so that idea rarely happens actually. Cheers for husbands that help with the chores on Sundays!

  28. jen 07.11.2011

    I’ve just caught up on your blog. The bat, the bird, the bird again! OMG! You’ve been through a lot since I last week!

    I am just like you. I usually like Sunday to be low key and at home. I need the mental preparedness for Monday. But your Sunday sure looked fun! I probably should get out more. ;)

  29. Isn’t Horrible Bosses hysterical? My BF and I saw it a few weeks ago at a sneak preview. We were dying laughing!

    It’s also so funny how removing oil can hardly affect the taste and outcome of a dish. It was clearly worth the risk! Yummy!

    Happy Monday— Oh and I’m SO with you on the high anxiety Sundays. Right around 8PM I usually get into a little funk because I realize I have to be at work in 12 hours. Sadness.

  30. Miranda 07.11.2011

    Hey, I just starting following you a couple of weeks ago. I could not believe it when I read about your bird attack. My girls and I were at the park on Friday, and we were attacked by a crazed bird as well! My husband was all sympathetic while laughing uncontrollably on the inside, so at lunch we took him to the park, and the bird attacked him (while we laughed from the car)!

  31. Kristen 07.11.2011

    I am a combination of the 2. Some Sunday’s I want to just not be out all day and some I do not. My main goal is to be home by 7p or 8p on a Sunday night so I can relax before I hit the ground running on Monday!

    The sweet potato fries looks so good! I might have to try some this week!

  32. The Cleaner Cook 07.11.2011

    I love when a day comes together like that! I’m excited to see Horrible Bosses, too. Especially now after a good review! And the oil-less sweet potato fries look to DIE for!

  33. Gwen 07.11.2011

    We saw Horrible Bosses this weekend too and just LOVED it. So fun! <3

  34. I just made these fries – except I soaked them in BEER before baking. Seriously AMAZING. I usually find Sundays really stressful, but in the summer it’s so much easier to blow chores and errands off for fun in the sun!

  35. same feelings about sunday for me! its like oh mannnnn time to get my act together and get everything done that i have put offf!!!!

  36. Melissa 07.11.2011

    I always do my SPF with cooking spray. Easy peasy! You have to try putting them on a cooling rack on top of your cookie sheet while they bake. The air can circulate around them so they get evenly crispy. Perfection!

    I am usually a homebody on Sundays, too, but mostly Sunday nights. Eek! The world will implode if I go out on a Sunday night!

  37. Allie 07.11.2011

    Love doing a mix of things on Sundays. Grocery shop, pack lunches for the week, and rent a few DVD’s, after a long morning walk, breakfast out, and a bloody mary! Oh, and last nights dinner was your Buffalo Chicken Egg Roll recipe-YUM!! Thanks!!

  38. Ashley 07.11.2011

    Your sunday sounds like my sunday….my boyfriend and I went out exploring our new city, Nashville, and found an AWESOME Mexican restaurant called Chuys where we indulged in enchiladas and margaritas. Afterwards we discovered a movie theater right across the parking lot and saw Transformers…which I must say was very intense for a sunday afternoon. I think I would have preferred a comedy but my dude wanted action.

    To answer your question I prefer lazy sundays at home with Alex and our dog and watch movies all day. Maybe get in a good workout in the AM.

  39. I love Sundays! Right up until about 4pm..then the anxiety kicks in! I usually go to the farmers markets in the morning and then do something fun in the afternoon. Sounds like you had a great day.. I can’t wait to see that movie!!

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  41. Tessa 07.12.2011

    I’m typically a Sunday hater too. I’ve realized lately that the dread of whatever is coming is often worse than doing it, so I’ve tried to have more fun too!

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  43. Katie 06.03.2013

    Glad I’m not the only one with your Sunday anxiety…. Saturday’s I’m perfectly content and always seem to believe my Sunday To-Do List will be a breeze and NEVER such luck as the looming Monday comes closer… EEK!

    That said, I prefer low key (as much as possible) for sure!

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