Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
We have a bit of a situation here. A charging situation. My laptop charger is quite beat up because I can’t have nice things and only charges my computer when I get it in juuust the right place.
So this morning, when my usual 6am time-to-fire-up-the-ol’-laptop came around, it was no bueno. After a solid twenty minutes of unplugging and replugging, mixed with a lot of gently plugging it in NOT THAT WAY okay there we go, we got her to charge.
Really riveting stuff, right? You’re welcome.
In the meantime I decided instead that it was a good morning for a cold and slightly wet run + 400m of lunges. The lunge game is real over here. Cory Gregory is the mastermind behind these crazy lunges and wow do I love them. You won’t be able to walk after the first time you do it but if you’re into the mental and physical pain game, I highly recommend doing them at least 2-3 times a week. Our bodies are smart and you’ll be quick to adapt to this pain.
Decided to wash my hair today too after a solid 10+ days.
Needless to say it’s a good day today, folks. Better than the rut I was in yesterday, and the day before that, and the one before that one.
That’s the thing, though. When those hard days come and those moments of mental weakness are there, be it for an hour, a day, multiple days or weeks, I think you have to know that you can and will pull yourself out. That every moment is a new moment. Maybe because you’ve done it before. Gotten through a hard time. Maybe because you simply have no other choice. Maybe there’s a family member, job, friend, feeling, Jerry, that you’re fighting for. You have to have that small glimmer of hope, no matter how small it is, in the way far back of your mind that you cling to and use as fuel to fight through. That workout, that mental workout, like the one we’ve all been going through for about a month now, is tougher and more critical that any physical workout you’ll ever go through. And if you choose wisely, the reward on the other end will help you for years to come.
Be okay with admitting when those dark times are happening, be okay with knowing they will most likely come again. And be okay with thinking okay, damn this is it, this is that now or never who are you going to choose to be time she’s rambling about. Do NOT be okay with letting the time, these moments, entirely take over. Do NOT be okay with succumbing to complacency and letting those days turn to weeks turn to your life. Do NOT be okay with the well here we go again, this is just what it is mentality. Recognize those thoughts as they come in, and they will, and be quicker to kick them right in the ass every time they’re there. Even when you don’t want to.
Yesterday, and for most of this week, I didn’t want to. I admitted to that and I’ll keep admitting it. Going through the motions has gone from hard to nearly impossible. But I was still going through them. I was living and still am living that who are you going to choose to be type of life. And you know what? A morning like today happened and the fog lifted. I reminded myself what I can do and in this moment right here, things are good, my family is healthy, Jerry is still clingy, and I’m still going.
And it didn’t take motivation. If anything the motivation to do anything is gone. It’s only discipline. Motivation is too dependent on other things/people/stupid quotes. Discipline is dependent entirely on yourself. Putting your head down and doing it. And that’s all we can ever count on 100% of the time.
Now in honor of this, what better way to keep this Friday rolling than than with some crispy oven baked sweet potato fries?
I roast up sweet potatoes often. Very often. Whole, cut into chunks, or like today, cut up into little matchstick type shapes (my knife skills could use some work), and “fried” up like this.
To achieve the crisp, you want to make sure you’re working with a super hot oven. These little babies are baked at 425 and flipped about 15-20 minutes in . The whole thing is said and done in just about 30 minutes. Before baking, I tossed them in olive oil, a little arrowroot starch (or cornstarch) to give them little coating to get crispier, salt and pepper of course, some chipotle chile powder for a kick, and a few dashes of cinnamon. YUM. The cinnamon really balances the spicy chipotle and works so well with the sweet potatoes.
Bake these bad boys up and cover in ketchup if that’s your style. Maybe a little cool ranch if you’re feeling crazy to offset the spicy and sweet. Or. Just straight up as is! Sky is the limit. It’s Friday, people, let’s have some fun.
Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- 2-3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- few grinds fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat over to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Chop the sweet potatoes into "fry" type matchsticks, about 1/4in thick
- Toss in a bowl with the starch and spices
- Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet. You want to make sure you don't crowd your baking sheet otherwise they will steam. Use two if you have a lot of sweet potatoes!
- Bake about 30 minutes, flipping at the 20 min mark
- Sprinkle over more seasoning if you'd like and serve up with ketchup, ranch, plain, whatever you prefer!