Many people think that in order to eat fast food, it needs to come in a box, paper bag or via drive-thru. It’s quick, it tastes good and it’s incredibly convenient. But in the long run – is it really the best option for our health? Leading a busy life usually goes hand in hand with little time for ourselves, let alone enough time to prepare good quality food for the family #hellotakeaway.
We see the dilemma, and know the struggle is real. But what if we told you that healthy food can be fast, and doesn’t have to take a mission and three quarters? It can totally be done in a dash. Fail proof recipes that 1. taste great 2. take 30 minutes max to make and 3. fill you up. What more could you ask for? Let us introduce to you one of our most prized fast foods with no soggy paper bag in sight…
Sweet Tatie Fries With Lime and Cashew Guacamole
For the fries:
Prep time: 5 minutes cook time: 30 minutes serves: one small potato per person
- One small sweet potato per person
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil (depending on which taste you prefer) enough to lightly and evenly coat the fries.
- 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
- Roughly 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt to evenly coat the fries
- Preheat oven to 190C/385F.
- Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly. You can peel your potatoes if you want to – we like to leave the skin on.
- Cut the potatoes into fine chip/fry shaped pieces. Try to cut them all the same shape so they cook evenly.
- In a bowl, toss the uncooked fries with the oil, paprika and salt.
- Pour fries onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, you may need two trays depending on how many potatoes you use.
- Arrange them so they are in a single layer and not overcrowded – otherwise they won’t crisp up (the best part)
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the fries over so they cook evenly.
- Bake for another 15 minutes – or until you get your desired crispiness.
While your fries cook, you can make the Guac:
Prep time: 5 mins Makes: 2 serves and more – because hey, is there such a thing as too much guac?
- 2 avocados, removed from skin & deseeded
- ¼ bunch coriander
- 1 lime or lemon
- Small handful cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon of cashew butter (you can buy this at most health food stores or supermarkets)
- ½ large chilli, thinly sliced (we used a large red one)
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- Pinch salt and pepper
- Mix the avocado, cashews and the juice of ½ lime or lemon in a bowl until desired consistency is reached**
- With the coriander stalks, thoroughly wash and finely slice, then add to the avocado mixture.
- Season the guacamole and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika, coriander, chilli and remaining lime wedge.
**Some like it chunky, and some like it smooth. However you like your guacamole is best, so don’t be afraid to mush it with a fork for a chunky texture, or put it in a blender for a silky smooth texture.