Fries are awesome, right?
And if you like sweet potatoes, loaded sweet potato fries are even more so. If you’re a THM, though, you don’t want to deep fry those beta-carotene filled fries, pile on the meat and cheese, then douse everything with fat-filled ranch dressing.
Well, you might want to, but that is not the THM way. Too much fat + too many carbs = unstable blood sugar. At best, that means you’re probably not losing any excess weight. Even worse, you’re piling it on.
Can low fat loaded sweet potato fries even taste good?
Let me tell you something — for most of my life, I have hated sweet potatoes. After starting THM in 2014 I would make myself eat one now and then just because I knew they were good for me. They were also better on my blood sugar than grains like brown rice, even soaked brown rice!
But still…potatoes just should not be sweet, can I get a witness? They should be white, deep fried to a golden brown, and smothered in ketchup or cheese sauce.
Way not on plan. But one of my most favorite foods ever.
So how is it even possible to make a sweet potato, that I don’t like, into fries that taste good and are on plan?
You use lots of flavorful spices and good, high-quality ingredients. I’ve just recently become acquainted with Wilderness Family Naturals, and I used several of their products to make this dish.
This sweet potato dish. That I absolutely loved!
It was so flavorful, I didn’t miss any of the fat I thought I should be having with loaded sweet potato fries!
There’s something almost magical about this flavorful combination — sweet, roasty, almost carmelize-y fries, the cool and creamy heat of the Cajun ranch, and all the savory spices that make that dressing pop — all come together for a big old healthy party in your mouth.
What did I smother this Loaded Sweet Potato Fries with, you ask?
This easy, low or no fat Creamy Cajun Ranch Dressing. It’s even got probiotics for good gut health! This dressing has a ton of flavor and no added sugar or unwanted ingredients like you’ll find in most fat free bottled dressings.
THM E meals are often hard, especially for those like myself who LOVE them some Satisfying S meals. Those are the ones higher in healthy fats and low in healthy carbs. E meals are just the opposite.
The key to E meals is finding something with a lot of flavor and nutrition. When you please your taste buds and nourish your body, it won’t beg for junk.
You won’t miss the fat in this very satisfying Creamy Cajun Ranch Dressing. It’s a perfect partner with any fuel style!
Need a meatless option?
A vegan follower of mine, plant_powered_life on Instagram, loves to eat sweet potatoes with my Chili Lime Black Beans. I haven’t tried it yet but I think they sound like a great meatless option for these Loaded Sweet Potato Fries. Since the sweet potato is your carb source and beans are also carby, I’d do a smaller portion of the sweet potato fries and no more than half a cup of beans, then load it up with fresh veggies!
So go ahead, make some sweet potato fries and load ’em up – the Trim Healthy Mama way!
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 large), scrubbed clean and cut into fries
- 1 teaspoons WFN olive oil or preferred oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound very lean (96% or higher) ground meat. I used venison for this
- 3 to 4 teaspoons of WFN taco seasoning*, or your preferred taco seasoning (DIY with this easy recipe!), to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup of water
- Toppings such as chopped onions, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, chopped lettuce
- Creamy Cajun Ranch Dressing
- Preheat oven to 425
- Place sweet potato fries in a large bowl and drizzle with oil
- Toss to coat, you may need to use your hands to make sure each fry has at least some oil on it
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper
- Divide fries between two baking sheets, making sure not to crowd them together, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked through, flipping after 10 or 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, brown ground meat, seasoning with salt and pepper
- After meat is browned, add taco seasoning and water, stirring well to combine
- Continue cooking until water is cooked out
- Divide the fries between 4 plates
- To each plate add ½ c seasoned ground meat (or more if desired)
- Add desired toppings (I used onion, tomato and jalapeno slices)
- Top with 2 tablespoons of Creamy Cajun Ranch
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