05/29/17

Chipotle sweet potato fries with Chimichurri aioli

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you are having a restful long weekend celebrating with family and friends, and remembering those who lost their lives for the freedom to do so. <3

Whether you are looking for something to whip up this afternoon to go alongside your grilled burgers or steaks, or if you would like to bookmark this recipe for the future, these sweet potato fries are going to be a HIT whenever you make them!

They are spicy and flavorful and are a perfect, PERFECT match to my cool chimichurri aioli dipping sauce. 

Not a fan of spice? Feel free to half the amount of chipotle or cayenne pepper in the coating. They will still be delicious!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries with Chimichurri Aioli
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the fries
  1. 2 medium-large sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  5. 2 tsp. sea salt
  6. 2 tsp. ground chipotle powder (or you can sub. cayenne pepper)
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. 1 tsp. black pepper
For the aioli
  1. 2-3 stalks of fresh Italian parsley
  2. 2-3 stalks of fresh cilantro (not a fan, just use extra parsley!)
  3. 1 green onion
  4. 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  5. the juice of 1/2 lime
  6. 1/4 cup of olive oil
  7. 1 tsp. sea salt
  8. 1 tsp. black pepper
  9. 2 tbsp. avocado mayo (or use regular if you can't find avocado)
For the fries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice sweet potatoes into fries (about 1/4in. in width x 2-3in. in length), leaving the skin on.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all seasonings and olive oil and whisk until the mixture becomes a paste.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes into the seasonings bowl and stir to coat well.
  5. Transfer to a baking sheet (with a rim) onto a even layer and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Turn fries with a spatula and cook on the other side for an additional 15 minutes.
For the aioli
  1. Use a food processor or high powered blender to combine all of the ingredients until smooth.
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Enjoy! -Steph

02/19/17

Nashville Hot Chicken

A few weeks ago I was in Nashville for work. We are currently supporting 13 rural districts in Western Tennessee as they develop a beginning teacher mentoring program in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Martin. 

Martin, TN is about 2.5 hours from Nashville, so my co-worker and I typically fly into Nashville, rent a car and drive to Martin the day before our first day of presenting to the mentors. We will stay in Martin for two days, then drive back to Nashville after the 2nd day of professional development. Because we end around 4pm, by the time we make the drive back to Nashville, it’s usually too late to catch a flight back home so we’ll stay the night and fly early the next morning. Continue reading

01/10/17

Healthy cooking for beginners

Out of all the searches that drive readers to my blog, the top search phrase has always been “healthy cooking for beginners”. I get a LOT of questions about how to meal plan, how to shop and how to cook. I’ve had people tell me that their eating habits are horrible because they “can’t cook”, and resort to pre-packaged foods, fast food and dining out. I’ve heard this on the blog, social media and even in person. 

Well, I’m here to tell you that healthy cooking is EASY. No seriously, I promise! Here are my tips for getting started in a healthy meal prep routine… and making a habit of it!  Continue reading

11/20/16

Friendsgiving brunch with my favorite chicas

As you know, I have a sweet love and appreciation for Thanksgiving- a time that is strictly about family and friends, traditions, togetherness, and of course, the star of the show… food.

On Thursday, a big group of my family and friends will be coming together share our Thanksgiving meal. But I wanted to carve out some time with my nearest and dearest girlfriends before the big day to share a meal, and give thanks for the deep friendships and bonds we have formed through the years. 15181257_10154803736137474_2165906126094205104_n Continue reading

08/9/16

Delicious baking & snacking with Simple Mills! #Giveaway

#Brought to you through a partnership with Simple Mills and Orangespoken. I was provided compensation in the form of product for this post and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A few months ago I was wander the aisles of my local Fresh Market when something caught my eye in the baking mixes section. B0176XXD8E_LEFT_jpg_1024x1024

Almond flour cake mix? Made with just 6 simple Paleo-friendly, gluten-free ingredients including coconut sugar? 

It was too good to be true.  Continue reading

06/12/16

Light and fresh shrimp salad

Yesterday I attended two parties.

Right? Party animal, right here. 😉

The first was a bridal shower for my cousin Jake’s lovely fiance Michelle and the second was an engagement party for the same happy couple. Aren’t they the cutest? I used to babysit Jake back-in-the-day and cannot believe he’s about to tie the knot! Where does the time go? 10255808_10205521843789353_4478302339785795183_n Continue reading

03/19/16

Tiramisu truffles

It seems like everywhere you go on social media people are posting quick cooking videos. 

I know you know what I’m talking about- those aerial shot videos that are usually less than 30 seconds, that websites and social pages like “Tasty” and “Buzzfeed food” have started  posting. They are literally EVERYWHERE. If you haven’t seen them, then you must not be on social media. 😉 Continue reading