Healthy Fajita Potato Wedges9/21/2012
So I'm on a bit of a health kick at the moment. After 4 weeks of decorating, living out of boxes and eating rubbish, my body...
So I'm on a bit of a health kick at the moment. After 4 weeks of decorating, living out of boxes and eating rubbish, my body is craving some proper attention. But it also wants junk food. Lots and lots of junk food. I make porridge in the morning, my body goes - "Actually now, we want pancakes for breakfast" I'll make a salad for lunch, my body goes "I hate salad now".
Make your mind up body! You're acting like a toddler!
So, I do what I always do when I'm in this type of mood.
I trick it!
Cue maniacal laughing.
I do what I do for people who dislike "healthy hippy food" like chickpeas, veggies & grains and I make it looks like it's not. I know, it looks bad, but I promise it's not!!
Mr. Sweet potato gets a real lack of love in the veggie world, I myself had no idea it existed until just over a year ago. I had heard of it sure, but thought it was just normal potato with sugar in it. Yep. That's what I honestly thought it was. It's mostly shoved in soups, or paired with butternut squash for roasting.
All fine ways to use it. In fact very tasty!
But most people don't even know what it looks like.
I didn't either....
So when I picked up an oddly shaped browny/orange thing at the market a year ago- I was quite surprised by it's appearance. The ugly guy at the veggie stand, hardly used in spite of it's many wonderful benefits.
Don't write it off just yet. The sweet potato has a whole multitude of reasons to use them in your cooking. (copied from Naturalnews.com)
1. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, which work in the body to prevent inflammatory problems like asthma, arthritis, gout, and many more.
2. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates for those with blood sugar problems. These fibrous root vegetables can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent conditions like insulin resistance.
3. Sweet potatoes are healthy for the digestive tract. Being rich in digestive fiber, especially when the skin is also consumed, it helps to relieve constipation and may prevent colon cancer.
4. Sweet potatoes are good for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive because they are high in folate, which is essential for the healthy development of fetal cell and tissue.
5. Packed with important vitamins and other nutrients, eating sweet potatoes can boost immunity by supporting the needs of the body.
6. Sweet potatoes are good for preventing heart disease. High in potassium, sweet potatoes can help prevent the onset of heart attack and stroke. Potassium also helps to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, which is important for stabilizing blood pressure and regulating heart function.
7. Sweet potatoes are good for alleviating muscle cramps. Potassium deficiencies are a leading cause of muscle cramps, as well injuries. By making sweet potatoes a regular part of your diet (along with proper exercise), you can expect an energy boost and fewer muscle cramps and injuries.
8. Sweet potatoes are good for treating stress-related symptoms. The body tends to use a lot of potassium and other important minerals when it is under stress. Sweet potatoes provide important minerals that will help maintain balance throughout the body during times of stress.
9. Sweet potatoes ranked number one in nutrition out of all vegetables by the Center for Science in the Public Interest because they are such a rich source of dietary fiber, natural sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron and calcium.
So switch from your trusty white potato on this occasion and trust me on this - because these wedges are tasty AND very healthy! For the weight watchers out there, a portion is 8 Propoints.
My apologies for the poor pictures, the lighting was terrible and the lamps were locked away (and I'm feeling too lazy to go grab them!) These wedges were spicy, sweet, crunchy soft & addictive! But as with most healthy foods, once I was full, I couldn't eat another bite (even though there was only 3 left!)
I leave the skin on as it's the healthiest way and leaves the flesh with something to hang onto whilst cooking (and you whilst eating!)
As for the fajita seasoning, it is widely available in most shops. I used one from a discovery fajita kit, as I prefer the flavour. but they sell it in many forms. Use what you prefer - even if it means making it yourself!
As for the oil, I used chili infused oil (even though I haven't' quoted it in the recipe), as I made it the other day and wanted some extra spice in the wedges, but use whatever you prefer. Sunflower oil works well too.
Yum! Any questions, feel free to ask. =]
Speaking on health kicks, we've had our pooch on a plan of her own these past few weeks, she's part lab, so piling on the pounds comes quite easily to her. She sees us eating healthy...
and wants in on the action!
Yes, that's a dog eating a carrot (and making a massive mess). I've heard it's not too strange, does anyone have any dogs with weird eating habits? She likes frozen peas and ice cubes as well.
Also on foodie notes - I thought I'd share what came in my graze box this week - Their new popcorn!
It's a microwaveable one, but was fantastic. A large bag too. For 100 something calories. Love it! I don't know if they do graze boxes in anywhere but the UK, but to my oversea readers, they are brilliant little boxes sent to you through the post full of healthy snacks. I have mine delivers to work. Stops me raiding the charity sweet box!
Anyway, I'm off to eat lunch - have a great weekend!