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Baked Sweet Potato Sticks (GF, Vegan)

Vegan, Grain-Free, GF, Appetizer, SnackHaley HansenComment

I have to be honest - for some recipes, I get completely stuck and have a huge brain-fart and cannot think of a single thing to write about. And that could be one of the most frustrating things in the food-blogging world. Sometimes, I almost can’t wait to finish cooking just so I can start writing the detailed story that so perfectly matches the recipe. For others, I have to really focus on how I felt prepping, cooking, and eating whatever I made in order to come up with a page or two. And then there are the few recipes that keep me up way past my bedtime (I made one for myself) because I simply cannot seem to type anything with some significance or something that’s interesting to whoever reads my blog.

I’ve asked myself many times what it is that gives a recipe a good story behind it, and I haven’t been able to answer that question. Sometimes, the stories come from how the meal turned out – did everyone enjoy it? Was it a hard dish to make? Other times, the story tells why I made what I made. It explains how that recipe came to be, or why I love it so much.

So, it’s a Wednesday night, almost all of my friends have left for college or are starting their senior year of high school, my parents are working, and I’m plopped on the couch trying to figure out the significance of these sweet potato sticks. As I type and type and type, I am realizing that not every recipe needs a long, detailed, interesting explanation behind it.

Sometimes, all a recipe needs is just for someone to try it, and then, he or she will understand that there isn’t really very much that needs to be said for a recipe so simple, so versatile, and so delicious. 

Makes about 2 servings

6 small sweet potatoes (or 3 medium-large)
Coconut oil, the spray kind
Cinnamon, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2.     Coat the foil with the spray-able coconut oil to prevent the potatoes from sticking.
3.     Cut the potatoes into sticks and spread them out on the foil. Spray the potatoes with a light layer of coconut oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and salt and pepper.
4.     Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned on one side. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the pan for a few minutes before serving.