So! Here I am. My first post. Recently I’ve become somewhat of a food blog nerd. I’ve been spending a lot of my time searching blogs for delicious and healthy recipes that are within my reach (a.k.a. doesn’t require me to go out and buy any crazy tools and doesnt involve ingredients that I’ve never heard of). I began thinking that maybe I’m not the only one who loves dreaming about making delicious and healthy food without getting bogged down with lots of random ingredients. So I decided that I would start to blog about my rendezvous with food.
My senior year of college (the first time around J) I was challenged to write my worldview. This was supposed to be a culmination of experiences and challenges in my life which have shaped the way I view the world. Well… I thought it would be appropriate if I start this blog out by giving my food worldview… or “foodview,” if you will.
I believe that food has many amazing purposes. It adds richness to life! It bring people together; building and strengthening relationships. Every culture on this earth has customs surrounding food and most value food on a higher level. Food is a focus of most celebrations, gatherings, and parties. When we have a friend or neighbor in need, we make them a meal and take it to their house. When my fiancé and I travel we often plan around where we will eat and what kind of food we want to try. As a culture, we value food so highly that we even allow our most dangerous and violent criminals a “last meal” of their choice before they leave this earth.
Food has another very large job, and that is to sustain life. The choices that we make regarding food on a daily basis effect our bodies and the quality of life that we live. I used to have one requirement for the food that I ate: taste. I will say that for most of my 26 years I have been able to eat whatever I want and keep a relatively healthy body weight. Except for that one time when I went to the West Bank and felt such deep pain for the people there that for the first, and only, time in my life I ate to make myself feel better (that and I had a host mother who would get extremely offended if I did not clean my plate and go for seconds at each meal).
Now, I think about food differently. Rather than immediately going for what tastes the best, I think about the way it energizes my body and gives me what I need to function on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and you can ask my fiancé, there is rarely a circumstance where I will pass up a Reeses’s peanut butter cup. For the most part I try to eat food that will give my body good, grown from the earth nutrients, rather than manufactured, fake, fat filled, trash.
That being said I decided that my first recipe should involve my favorite vegetable, and also the namesake of this blog… sweet potatoes! These fries are absolutely delicious. They are baked, not fried and rely on the vegetables natural flavors and sweetness to deliver the goodness. Although, the garlic and rosemary certainly add to the taste. Enjoy!
Sweet potatoes are not only DELICIOUS… they are downright amazing when it comes to the amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Yes, those of you counting carbs probably avoid them like the plague… but… if you have a splurge day… EAT SOMETHING WITH SWEET POTATOES IN IT! for me?
Sweet Potato Fries
1/2 t. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
2 T. olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes
1. Preheat over to 425 degrees
2. using a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic, salt, and rosemary to form a paste.
3. in a small bowl, combine the olive oil and garlic paste and set aside
4. Scrub sweet potatoes. slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into french fry size peices
5. Put potato slices into a large bowl. Add oil mixture and toss until all potatoes are well coated (I put mine in a tupperware container, sealed the lid and shook it around for a few seconds… the shake and bake method!).
6. spread potatoes out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (the parchment is optional, but makes for easier clean up!). If you choose to not use parchment paper, be sure to grease the baking sheet
7. Roast potatoes for 30-35 minutes turning a few times.
Yield: 2 servings
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