Recipe Day: Spicy Sweet Potato Fries


Welcome to my first ever recipe post! I am so excited to share this one with you! 

Because I am a student, living in the most expensive part of Canada, I have made it my New Years resolution to feed myself for under $100/month. Because of this, I have resorted to making my own bread and cookies, cutting down on my coffee intake, and substituting a glass of wine with some lemon water.

For this reason, I have also become really inventive with my cooking: purchasing mostly fresh produce and finding interesting ways to cook it. I have no need to be gluten free, so I won't be (because it does happen to be expensive), and I can't afford all the meat that goes along with the newly popular paleo diet. 

Thus, we have another new instalment to the world of Lipstick&Yarn: cheap and delicious recipes.

Please note that all prices (and measurements) are in CAD, not USD.


what you need

2 sweet potatoes
1 large onion
seasoning salt
extra virgin olive oil
pepper
garlic powder (or minced garlic, up to you)
chipotle chili pepper

tin foil
large baking pan/sheet

serves 4




\\ 1 //  
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Stab sweet potatoes and place them in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. This will soften them up so that they are easier to chop.
While they are in the microwave, place foil in your baking pan (easier clean-up) and cut your onion into long strips. I cut mine into quarters.


\\ 2 //
Peel the sweet potatoes before you chop them into strips about an inch thick. If you don't, the skin will just end up coming off in the oven anyways, and they aren't great to eat. 

\\ 3 //
Toss onions and sweet potatoes into your baking dish and lather them with olive oil. Make sure they are all covered. You don't want any of them sticking to the foil.


\\ 4 //
Season to taste using the garlic, salt, pepper, and chipotle chili pepper. Be warned about the chipotle chili pepper though, it's potent, so if you don't like your sweet potatoes to be super spicy, go easy on the spice.


\\ 5 //
Put in the oven for an hour to allow the potatoes to roast thoroughly. If you want them a little crunchier, leave them in an extra 15 minutes. 

Dish onto plate and enjoy!

Everything on this plate was oven-roasted, and purchased as loose, fresh produce. So,
super healthy and delicious! The beans are glistening a little because they were sweating
out their own juices as I took this photo.

Total cost of dish:

2 sweet potatoes // $0.79/lb = approx $1.50
onion from bulk bag of 6 onions // $2.49/bag = $0.50
Salt, pepper and garlic was already on hand.
Chipotle Chili Pepper // $5.99 for 52g.

Total: $8.00 CAD. 

Note: Since I am only feeding myself, the fries were divided up into containers for 3 subsequent meals, meaning that the total cost of this per person/portion is only $2.00 - and that's only if you don't already own the spice! If you do own the spice, then the portion cost becomes a mere $0.50 CAD/portion. 

Happy cooking! 




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