Serving the Ladies of LA’s Downtown Women’s Center: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Written by Liz -

Baked sweet potato fries recipe

Yesterday was one of my favorite days at work. Some of us from the Nestlé Kitchens joined some co-workers at Los Angeles’ Downtown Women’s Center to buy the ingredients, prepare, cook and serve lunch to over 100 ladies visiting or living at the center. On the menu: oven-baked chicken with crunchy Parmesan coating and lemon zest, white beans, collard greens and baked sweet potato fries.

Oven baked chicken with crispy Parmesan and lemon zest

We didn’t have to come up with a menu or instructions; luckily, the center’s nutritionist on staff, Tracy, handled all that for us. And she was good. Tracy and the volunteer kitchen leader instructed us on how to make theses dishes more healthy and where to find all our tools and utensils. We quickly took over the kitchen!

Collard greens

Everything was prepared from scratch using fresh whole foods. The vegetables were simply gorgeous.

Vegetable stock & white beans

Fresh vegetable stock was started immediately, to use with the beans and collard greens.

Zesting lemons

We chopped, stirred, boiled, sautéed, zested, coated and seasoned. We smiled and chatted with residents (one in French!), who were all incredibly grateful. We were too.

Collard greens

And everyone was hungry. We were amazed at how talented the staff was, creating such healthy menus and using whole foods, cooking from scratch. The collard greens (using no pork for seasoning) and the baked sweet potato fries were the first to go, and everyone wanted seconds!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries

1. Wash and peel the potatoes as shown above (or leave the peel on for more nutrition!).

Baked sweet potato fries

2. Cut potatoes into half-inch strips.

Baked sweet potato fries

3. Place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and smoked paprika, above.

Baked sweet potato fries

4. Bake at 450 for 40 minutes, or until fries are cooked and slightly crispy.

5. Serve with a smile!

One Comment

  1. Richard Dodder
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a wonderful item on the web. And what an admirable and fun afternoon you undertook.

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