Sweet Potato Baked Fries

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

The best of fall produce is out there. The shelves are filled with beautiful colors of orange, purple and yellow. I love strolling through the farmer’s market looking for a dinner inspiration from all that gorgeous produce. I equally love that I can get a large variety of locally grown vegetables and feel better about eating them.

Alongside the pumpkins and the squashes sweet potato is the natural vegetable of choice this time of the year. I adore sweet potato baked fries and can eat a whole bunch without feeling guilty. My favorite seasoning is a topping of garlic and butter sprinkled with sea salt and fresh parsley. Simplicity is key here.

Yummmmmmm!!!!!!

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

As with any fries you need a good condiment. Surely plain ol’ ketchup will do but why not make it fun and delicious. I made an insanely good dipping sauce with the ingredients you probably already have on hand. A little mixture of mayo, sour cream, garlic, salt and vinegar was exactly what these fries needed. I loved the sauce so much I saved the leftovers and dipped some baked buffalo  wings in it later. So good people, so good. :)

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

I am happy it’s already Thursday. We have a full weekend coming up. Our plans include a dinner and a movie on Friday night, can’t wait to see The Book of Life. The entire family is getting together for my slightly early birthday celebration on Saturday and a mini day trip to upstate New York on Sunday to see the beautiful foliage. I might need a day off after all that. Monday might be rough.

Whatever your plans are, enjoy yours.

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Sweet Potato Baked Fries
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries or wedges
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil all over the sweet potato fries, season with a little salt and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes until slightly crisp.
  3. While the fries bake, melt butter and stir in garlic. Set aside.
  4. When the fries are done arrange on a platter, top with the melted butter mixture, season with salt and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  5. Serve with white sauce.

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White Sauce
 
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  • 2 tbsp mayo (I used EarthBalance)
  • 1 tbsp light sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together. Allow to refrigerate at least 15 minutes for the flavors to marry,

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Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

A delicious Corn Chowder loaded with crab and bacon is a satisfying and delicious meal especially when served with home made organic cornbread.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I am slowly accepting the fact that the summer is almost over. The realization that the heat is not coming back came when we returned from our trip. I climbed into the pool and thought my toes were going to freeze off. I quickly climbed out and it still took me about 10 minutes to heat through. I especially noticed how moody the temperatures are. Yesterday morning I needed a cardigan since it was only 60 degrees, but then later on in the day I felt like I was having a heat exhaustion  in my suit.

Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m sure spending 5 days in Mexico with 90 degree days was not helpful. Nevertheless summer is coming to an end and part of me is sad.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I love a good corn chowder but corn chowder with crab and bacon is a whole new game. Cornbread turned this into a complete dinner that was simply perfect. Even Briana loved it. That says a lot since I have a really hard time getting her to eat anything seafood outside of shrimp.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Have a great weekend friends :)

Kathy Sig 2

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 fresh corn on the cob, kernels cut off
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • ⅓ cup fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Heat a soup pot or a Dutch Oven over medium heat and sauté bacon until crispy. Using a slotted spoon remove bacon bits onto a paper towel lined plate leaving bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Stir in thyme, potato and corn. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in chicken stock, cover and simmer until the potato is soft.
  4. Add crab meat and half & half. Adjust seasoning and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with bacon crumbles.

 

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“Everything” Smoked Salmon Yogurt

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

Before Kurt moved to the NY/NJ area he had never heard about the everything bagel. Seriously?! I’m a New Yorker, I mean c’mon! Fuggedaboutit! Luck has it, it turned out to be his favorite breakfast sandwich. An everything bagel with lox, cream cheese and capers. An everything bagel topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions slices, capers and tomato is the best fast food breakfast that I can think of as well. Of course, there is the old fashioned bacon, egg and cheese or toasted plain bagel, but to me those don’t come close to what we call the Lox Bagel.

In the perfect world I would eat a bagel for breakfast every day. Unlucky for me, I don’t live in a perfect world and my favorite bagel is on the list of the “not so good for your figure” foods. Giving up my Lox Bagel is not even an option so I compromised. After all, healthy eating is not about limits. Instead it’s about keeping an open mind and finding healthier alternatives.

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

How?

I said goodbye to my favorite bagel (reserving it for once in a while type of meal) and replaced it with low fat plain Greek yogurt. I even took it a step further and created lunch out of it by placing all that goodness on a bed of greens. How awesome is that?

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt

I promise, it’s good.

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 3 reviews
"Everything" Smoked Salmon Yogurt
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 slices smoked Nova salmon
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup plain low fat Chobani yogurt
  • 2-3 red onion slices (not pictured)
  • ¼ cup grape tomatoes, quartered (not pictured)
  • 5 slices small kirby cucumber
  • 1 tsp capers
  • handful arugula microgreens (optional)
  • salad greens (optional)
  • ½ tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 tsp dry onion
  • ½ tsp black sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Arrange the first 7 ingredients in a bowl over salad greens (if using).
  2. Top with hemp seed, dry onion and sesame.
  3. Enjoy!!!!
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