Written by Liz –
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.
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!
Everything was prepared from scratch using fresh whole foods. The vegetables were simply gorgeous.
Fresh vegetable stock was started immediately, to use with the beans and collard greens.
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.
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
1. Wash and peel the potatoes as shown above (or leave the peel on for more nutrition!).
2. Cut potatoes into half-inch strips.
3. Place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and smoked paprika, above.
4. Bake at 450 for 40 minutes, or until fries are cooked and slightly crispy.
5. Serve with a smile!