Given the wide range of tasty vegetables out there, I was somewhat saddened when I read that potatoes—mainly in the form of French fries—are the most commonly eaten vegetable among toddlers.
Perhaps their popularity has something to do with the fact that 42 percent of children between the ages of 15 and 24 months eat some sort of fast food every day. French fries are usually an integral part of the fast food menu.
As the parent to an increasingly picky toddler, I get why the fry has become the go-to vegetable for some: it’s somewhat soft, easy to chew and the perfect size for tiny mitts.
But baked sweet potato fries are a viable, healthy alternative to the fast food fry. Not only are they a great source of vitamins A, C, B-6 and Potassium, kiddos typically love their sweet flavor profile.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet potato (or potatoes, depending on how many you need to serve. One potato serves between 2 – 3 people).
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Cinnamon (or pepper, if you prefer)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Wash potato and let it dry.
Cut it into fry-like wedges. (I typically halve it and then slice away.)
Place fries on baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil until they are thinly coated.
Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon (or pepper).
Bake for 20 – 30 minutes (timing will depend on thickness of the fries). Make sure they are fork-tender.