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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


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


Serves 1-2

  • 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?