A few weeks ago, I was rushing to finish a blog post with 5% battery left on my computer. I can usually just charge it... but I was in my car outside our apartment. One daughter had fallen asleep and the other was quietly eating and listening to a show on audio. I had no idea how long the peace would last. I did, however, find an outlet in the back of our building right next to our car. So I was just sitting in the parking lot and frantically writing as I watched my daughter's snack start to dwindle. Thankfully, she didn't demand her release until right after I was able to publish a sort-of finished post.
I mainly write for the blog and for other projects in the mornings while my girls are in daycare. But no matter how hard I try to schedule my day to go smoothly (ha ha), I usually end up having to multitask seven tasks in order to accomplish something like 17% of my to-do list. Do you every feel like you're always running to catch up with everything you need to do? And then... you get to the end of your day exhausted (such a great euphemism for so many feelings), and you're like, wait what did I do today? Oh that's right, I bought bananas at the grocery store. That's all I remember.
So in honor of that dilemma... I decided to go with the theme of winging it for today's recipe post. I use this one all the time when I don't have time/physical or mental energy. It feels like a treat, but it's easy, inexpensive, and filling. I've eaten it many times for dinner (not with dinner) and it's also a great side dish when cooking for many people.
Paprika Sweet Potato Fries
3 (or more) Sweet Potatoes
Olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes really well (I scrub them a little). Cut into long, thin-ish pieces. Line a baking sheet with foil or baking parchment (or use a large foil pan) and place the cut potatoes on top. Drizzle with enough olive oil to evenly coat the pieces. Sprinkle with salt or sea salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook for 30-45 minutes, or until they start to brown/get crispy to your liking. I don't bother to turn them over at any point, but I also love when they get a little burnt. Take out of the oven to cool a bit, sprinkle with salt if necessary, and serve with dips (i.e. ketchup, mayo dip, tahina...)