Last week, I decided to go strict Paleo to see if it might help me prepare for the Strongman competition. I fully admit that I have never been strict Paleo. I have incorporated many of its elements into my daily life, but I will consistently eat products that contain dairy (I don’t drink milk anymore, but I do enjoy cheese, yogurt, and ice cream…) and one or two servings of grain per day (as in, one measured serving of whole-wheat pasta, an English muffin, couscous, or oatmeal).
I figured that going strict wouldn’t be too difficult. WRONG! The first few days were hell! All I wanted all day long was ice cream. Gross, right?
For a while, I’ve really gotten used to my nightly treat of low-fat ice cream with a single-serving brownie (and maybe some Reddi Whip…). I should not be admitting that. But judge lest….
So, needless to say, I needed to find a substitute, stat, and it needed to be good.
I found it!
And I might stay on Paleo a little while longer, just so I can continue justifying eating this all the time.
Here was my thinking:
Sweet potatoes = Paleo
Honey = Paleo
Why not put them together?!
So this is what I did:
I got some sweet potatoes.
I peeled them, and then cut them up all pretty-like.
Then I added a bit of olive oil.
And roasted them until they were brown.
And added honey.
And snarfed them down.
All the deets are in the recipe below, but essentially what happens is the honey sort of caramelizes, and becomes all chewy and toffee-ish once it’s been in the oven for a bit. It is seriously one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Ever. I hope you enjoy it!
Honeyed Sweet Potato Fries
• 3 small sweet potatoes (the mini ones from the little bags)
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• Sea salt
• 1 tablespoon honey
Preheat oven to 425°. Line a cookie sheet with foil, and either grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Peel sweet potatoes, and cut into desired-sized slices. I like mine to look like fries! Place potato slices on lined cookie sheet, preferably not overlapping.
Drizzle with olive oil, and generously salt. Roast potatoes for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip potatoes to other side. Roast for another 15 minutes. By this time, your potatoes should be resembling oven fries, with a pretty good brownness to each side. If they aren’t crispy or cooked enough for you yet, place back in the oven for a few minutes.
When potatoes are almost done, remove from oven and drizzle with honey. Cook for another 5-8 minutes, or until honey is bubbly and golden.
Remove potatoes from oven, and allow to cool for about three minutes before serving. The honey will start to stiffen, forming a delectable, buttery, candylike coating for the sweet potato fries. Eat as a side dish or as a dessert! Enjoy!
This recipe creates one generous serving (I can’t stop myself with these things, so I definitely won’t share, but you definitely could if you’re nice), at 8p+, for my WW folks!