Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Lately, I have been getting really bored with some of my side dishes. I feel like I have the same things over and over again, so I've been trying to find new ideas. I've been looking for a while now...And I'm happy that I finally found a new (well, maybe not so new) idea. Sweet potatoes! I've made mashed sweet potatoes before, but Addison didn't seem too happy about them. I've done baked sweet potatoes, but again, not much excitement from the troops. Over the weekend, I was watching Food Network - as usual. On one of Paula Deen's show, they were doing sweet potatoes fries. They used a lot of butter in theirs. But while I was watching this, it dawned on me that I could do these instead of some of the white potato fries that I do. Why didn't I think of this before?

I did a test run over the weekend just to figure out the different tweaks that I needed to make. I'm pretty happy to report that I did pretty well with my first attempt. I will admit that these aren't the prettiest fries, but what do you expect when you have an orange vegetable that you're putting brown cinnamon on? Just trust me when I tell you that these are definitely worth a shot. They're very easy to do, too! Here's the recipe:

Servings: 3
Points+: 3

3 large (6 oz. each) sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into wedges
2 T. Splenda
2 t. cinnamon
Butter Flavored Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine sweet potatoes, splenda and cinnamon. Spray enough cooking spray into bowl to allow even coating of the sweet potatoes. Toss to coat all potato wedges evenly.

Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Roast the potatoes until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and serve immediately.

My knee is a little sore from the ciruit training that I've been doing - at least that's what I'm blaming it on. So I needed to take it easy tonight. I was pretty excited that I got what I call a "bonus" run in today during lunch. I wanted to test my knee to see if running would bother it. I also wanted to make sure that it wasn't the running that was bothering it. I'm happy to report that I ran 3 miles in 27 minutes today. I was happy about that. I wasn't pushing myself too hard so that I could take it easy on the knee. I'm also going to do JM Yoga Meltdown after Addison goes to bed for the night. My knee might be bothering me because of the BL Weight Loss Yoga that I did last week. I figure that it didn't bother me while I was doing Yoga Meltdown, so I'm going to do it again and hope that the knee isn't any worse for the wear. Hope it starts to feel better soon!

So long for today...

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