Saturday, May 23, 2009
3 Food Items I'm Loving Right Now.....
1. Snapea Crisps. Ooh, these are good and highly addictive. You can get them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. They are low in calories (22 pieces for 150 calories) but a bit high in sodium. They don't have a lot of ingredients which is always good - the more ingredients, the more processed things are - gross!
2. Pear Apples aka Asian Pears. I am obsessed with this odd fruit - basically a pear that looks like and has the texture of an apple. They are sweet, crisp, juicy, and delicious! They are in season now and I can't get enough of them!
3. Sweet Potato Fries. Now, these can be prepared a couple different ways - either fried or baked. I always bake mine. They are incredibly easy to prepare and make a fabulous side dish. PLUS, sweet potatoes are so good for you! Many nutritionists rank the sweet potato as the #1 in nutrition of all vegetables. Here is the recipe I use.....Barefoot Contessa, of course!
BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Halve the sweet potatoes lengthwise and cut each half into three long spears. Place them on a sheet pan and toss with the olive oil. Spread the potatoes in one layer. Combine the brown sugar, salt and pepper and sprinkle on the potatoes. Bake for 25 minutes and then turn with a spatula. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until lightly browned. Sprinkle lightly with salt and serve hot.