Friday, May 9, 2008

Sweet Potato Firefighter Guy

Lately, we have been eating a lot of sweet potatoes in various forms for lunch. Not sure where it came from , but we have been calling sweet potato fries "Firefighter Fries" for ever now, maybe since Zeal could speak and announce his preference for them. In the last few weeks, he has been loving making them for lunch and adding a new twist to the process by using bamboo skewers to hold them together in the shape of Sweet Potato Firefighter Guy. Sometimes we are graced with an abstract figure; sometimes they take the form of a robotic transformer from Civilizania. Always, they are yummy.

Here's what we do for regular Firefighter Fries:

1. Peel a sweet potato/yam - it builds dexterity in the hands to have children use a vegetable peeler. Often, I peel them quickly with a knife if Zeal doesn't want to use a peeler.

2. Slice into "fries" or stick shapes. Sometimes we cut them into "coins" too. Any shape will do.

3. Spread sweet potatoes out evenly on a lightly oiled pan.

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

5. Toss "fries" and return to oven for another 15 minutes.

6. When browned, remove from oven and salt to taste. Yummy!

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