These rosemary sweet-potato no-fries with fresh thyme aioli are kind of addicting.
Root veggies like sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, beets, are very grounding.
Because simply put, they come straight from inside the earth.
You really can’t get any closer to the ground when it comes to your food!
So root veggies are great to include in your meals any time you’re going through times of transition.
It’s helpful to eat more of them when you feel a little unsettled and could use a little extra stability in your life.
They’re also great to eat in times of seasonal transition, right around the equinoxes and solstices.
And their natural sweetness means they’re super nourishing.
There’s a reason the sweet flavor is the first one kids crave.
Sweetness gives you comfort and softens the edges of any rough spots you might be going through in life.
And from a straight-up nutritional standpoint, this sweet-potato no-fries recipe is a winner.
Orange-fleshed yams are one of the highest sources of beta-carotene.
And beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in your body, which is antioxidant, essential for healthy skin and mucous membranes, boosts your immune system, helps maintain good eye health and vision, and may even slow cognitive decline.
The jury’s out on whether or not it helps alleviate mom-brain, but my guess is that it probably does.
Purple sweet potatoes are high in anthocyanins, making them a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food.
And sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and a host of other amazing nutrients that help you thrive.
So you can make these rosemary sweet-potato no-fries on the regular and you don’t have to feel a smidge of guilt.
Especially because these sweet-potato no-fries are baked.
Which means that they maintain more nutrients than they would if they were straight-up fried.
Plus, I like to use avocado oil for this recipe, which has a really high smoke-point and can help your body absorb all of those wonderful fat-soluble vitamins.
And we haven’t even talked about the fresh thyme aioli dipping sauce!
This sauce is made with just a few ingredients: egg, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and a little salt and pepper if you want it.
Pasture-raised eggs are higher in nutrients than their conventional counterparts, so they’re always my go-to whenever I use eggs.
Pasture-raised egg yolks are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids help fight anxiety and depression, promotes brain health and development, reduces the risk of heart disease, and so much more.
And because the egg used in this recipe is raw, you get a full blast of all of those wonderful nutritional benefits.
Raw eggs contain, 36% more vitamin D, 33% more omega-3s, 33% more DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), 30% more lutein + zeaxanthin, 23% more choline, 20% more biotin, 19% more zinc than their cooked counterparts.
Of course, using raw eggs also means that there’s a slightly higher risk of contamination.
But if you’re not pregnant, in compromised health, or giving this sauce to your infant I wouldn’t worry about that too much.
Because there are ways to reduce your risk of illness from consuming raw eggs.
It’s a good idea to always check your eggs before you eat them, and only buy from small, local, organic farmers who use humane practices.
A fresh egg has a clear -not cloudy- egg white.
The yolk should be firm and a rich yellow or even orange color.
Pink egg whites are a sign that the egg is likely to be contaminated.
And if your egg smells off, don’t use it!
As for olive oil, I could talk about the stuff for days.
Suffice it to say, it’s great and has a long list of health benefits in its own right.
And same goes for fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme.
But I talk about the benefits of olive oil and fresh herbs at length in other posts, so I’m just going to cut right to this amazing recipe.
Because this recipe is a total win-win.
It’s incredibly healthy, so friggin easy to make, and your kids are going to be begging for it all the time.
Here’s how you do it:
For the Sweet-Potatoe No-Fries
1/4 cup avocado oil
1 extra large yam or sweet potato (or 2 medium ones. You want to have enough to fill about 3-5 cups)
2 tablespoons rosemary (can be fresh or dried)
2 teaspoons grey or pink sea salt
For the Fresh Thyme Aioli Sauce
1 fresh, pasture-raised egg
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup olive oil (+extra)
2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
For the Sweet-Potatoe No-Fries
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut sweet potatoes into ~ 3-inch x 1/4 inch slivers (or your favorite fry size/shape) and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add avocado oil, rosemary, and sea salt and mix well until sweet potatoes are nicely coated.
Distribute evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes, then test to see if they need to cook longer. Fatter pieces will need longer to bake.
For the Fresh Thyme Aioli Sauce
Meanwhile, crack a fresh pasture-raised organic egg into a quart sized mason jar.
Add garlic and lemon juice and mix well with an immersion blender.
Continue blending as you slowly drizzle in olive oil, about 1 teaspoon at a time. Allow the mixture to thicken before you add more oil.
You can keep your sauce on the saucy side for easy-dipping, or add more oil and allow it to thicken up substantially like mayonnaise.
When you’ve achieved your desired thickness, add thyme plus sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Aoili will stay good for about 24 hours when refrigerated and then it should be tossed.
And if you don’t want to use the sauce, ketchup’s always a crowd-pleasing alternative!
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What’s your favorite dipping sauce?
Leave a comment and let me know, I could always use some extra inspiration!
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