Oh. Yep we did this. We made these super cheesy sweet potato fries and went to food heaven for like at least 20 minutes. They were INSANE! And yes, they are good for you, even if you think cheese is bad for you and on the NO list!
We don’t eat a lot of cheese but far out when we do eat it we really really really enjoy it! Lots of you read that we kind of gave up paleo, AKA we’re less strict and have less stress around our food choices. So cheese is on the once a week list. Because fun and delish!
We’ve found that the less stress factor has made us happier, healthier and even has led to weight loss! Crazy amazing, right?!
Better add the disclaimer. If you are lactose intolerant or if you get bad reactions from cheese, clearly it is not a healthy option for you. But maybe you don’t get bad reactions and it’s time to welcome cheese back into your life?! Well… ok!
We’ve been really inspired by Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple. When we interviewed him for our #MerryBiz podcast we spoke about his food philosophy as well as his epic amazing business journey. He has the view that everything he eats must be delicious. We liked this a lot, because life is meant to be delicious!
These fully loaded sweet potato fries definitely fall into the delicious category!
Talking all things Mark’s Daily Apple, we found this article all about cheese… super interesting…
Cheese. It’s technically dairy, but much of what makes dairy so problematic for people is mostly absent from the best cheeses. Take lactose, for example. Lactose, or milk sugar, is what keeps the roughly 2/3 of the world’s population that are lactose intolerant from consuming dairy (other than availability or cultural issues, of course).
When most cheese is made, however, the lactose in milk is converted into lactic acid by bacteria. The resultant acid begins the curdling process that eventually results in cheese, and little – if any – lactose remains at the end. Sometimes even trace amounts of lactose can trigger sensitive individuals, but cheese is usually fairly safe. A good general rule is the longer a cheese is aged, the less lactose it’ll have. Another thing to remember: the less lactose a cheese has, the less carbohydrates.
What type of cheese is the best?
So the type of cheese we generally go for is the aged cheese with less lactose. Cheeses like parmesan, cheddar and swiss. Our favourite is parmesan and no, not the stuff that is a powder in those shaker containers. The real deal, found in the fridge section! Look for grass fed, organic and the less ingredients the better!
We also like goats cheese every now and then. Pretty sure this has way more lactose but still different properties to cows cheese. Give them both a try and see how you feel. Human experiment anyone?
Ok, time to get amongst these super cheesy sweet potato fries. We know you’re gonna love them! Don’t forget to send us your pictures so we can go to food heaven with you!
Emma + Carla
p.s we made a video for you!
- 2 kg (4 lbs.) sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chips
- 3 shallots (scallions)
- 1 lime
- 1 red chilli sliced or 4 mini chillies
- 1/2 bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
- 1 cup grated cheese, we used aged cheddar
- 2 tbs. coconut or macadamia oil
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
- Lay out the sweet potato chips on the trays, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with spices.
- Place into the oven for 30 minutes.
- Take out of the oven, stir them around and put them back into the oven for 10 minutes.
- Take out of the oven again. This time, sprinkle with cheese, shallots, chillies and place back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Once the cheese is all melted and delicious looking take out of the oven, squeeze with lime juice and top with fresh coriander.
- This dish is perfect for entertaining and is probably our favourite share platter! YUM!
- Swap the cheese to avocado, boom yum! Oh, another... add bacon! So many possibilities.