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Courtney’s Kitchen: A healthier, cheaper alternative to McDonald’s fries

Fries — somehow they always find a way into my life, and while it may be an unhealthy relationship, they’re here to stay.

But why spend anywhere from $1 to $7 on those unhealthy old fries, when you could spend — and yes, I calculated it — $0.45 per unit on a much healthier version? Handcrafting sweet potato fries will make your body, taste buds and wallet incredibly happy.


Baking sheet, aluminum foil and a knife


  • 2 sweet potatoes (free via the Fresh Food Company)
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

Additional suggestions:

Totally spice it up. Add some garlic, onion salt, basil or whatever you have a taste for.

If you’re a dipper, substitute the heavy ranches and barbecues for hummus, mustard or tzatziki.


1. Preheat oven to 450 F.

2. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil.

3. Cut sweet potatoes into long spears — try to avoid cutting them in half.

4. Place each spear side by side along the tray.

5. Drizzle olive oil onto the spears to coat.

6. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

7. Bake on center rack for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sweet potato are golden and crispy around the edges.

Enjoy the beautiful experience of cheaper and healthier french fries!

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