Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Roasted veggies make their way to my family’s table at least once a week.  Roasting just does something seriously good to veggies.  I always say: “If you don’t like a vegetable, try roasting it before you rule it out altogether, because eating it roasted just might change your mind.”  We roast sweet potatoes in all different shapes and sizes depending on our given mood. And the other night, my husband hit the sweet potato jackpot! He was helping prep the veggies while I was focused on coating the fish in a cashew crust (I was making paleo fish sticks– a recipe that may or may not make it’s way to the blog, but will definitely be on the menu for spring). Anyway, he decide to cut the sweet potatoes into long and thick wedges and oh.my.goodness! The result? AMAZING!!!  Comes together in less than 30 minutes. Give it a try! PrintOven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 16 minutesTotal Time: 26 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients4-5 sweet potatoes 1 TBS oil (coconut or olive oil) salt & pepper to tasteInstructionsPreheat oven to 425. Rinse sweet potatoes, dry and peel. Slice into long wedges. (As shown in our lil home video.) Put wedges into a bowl and drizzle with oil & season with salt and pepper. Mix around to evenly coat wedges with oil and seasoning. Set out on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or well greased pan). Bake for 16-18 min or until lightly golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. (You can definitely flip half way though, but not necessary. The results will still be delicious!) 3.0http://www.savoringjoy.com/oven-roasted-sweet-potato-steak-fries/...
1 Simple Tip To Radically Simplify Meal Planning

1 Simple Tip To Radically Simplify Meal Planning

Want to know a super simple tip to radically simplify meal planning? Use theme days! One theme for each day of the week. To be honest, I was not too excited about the idea of theme days for a very looooooong time.  I always felt like having a theme set for each day would be constricting and not allow for creativity.  My fear was always, “What if that theme day rolls around and I’m not in the mood for that meal?”  Silly? Perhaps. My husband, on the other hand, loves the idea of having theme days.  (And I do mean love as in love love LOVES the idea.)  He’s all about order, routine, and not having to (watch me) spend hours and hours meal planning or staring into the fridge wondering what to cook.   Well, after much resistance, I finally decided to give this whole “theme day” thing a try.  Just to see how it would work.  And I have a confession….  I like using theme days.  Me- the former “theme-day-hater” has converted.   You see I learned that having some set of parameters in place (like theme days) doesn’t restrict my creativity, it actually increases it!  Having some structure to create in and around brings quite a bit of freedom.  A theme for each day of the week really reduces the overwhelm of meal planning.  Instead of having to come up with several random meals for the week, you just have to decide one theme for each day and a few meals that fit that theme. Simple, right?    I highly suggest you give this time-saving and highly effective tip...

8 Things I’ve Learned From Breaking Up With Meal Planning

Image Source: Walt Stoneburner   Meal planning and I have had an extensive love/hate relationship.  I loved the benefit and rewards that meal planning brought to my life, but hated the effort and attention that meal planning demanded.  We have a long and complicated history of being on again & off again. But like all relationships, you always learn something. Here are 8 things I’ve learned from breaking up with meal planning:   1.     I spend a lot of money on last minute take out.  Dinner time rolls around and the question of “What’s for dinner?” spurs on a conversation that ends with me ordering take out for my husband to pick up.  Team work at its finest. 😉 2.    I often go hungry.  Sometimes I actually forget to eat because I don’t have anything planned.  And then I get over hungry and the result is lesson #3. 3.    I have the potential to be a very anxious and “hangry” person.  Familiar with that word? That’s when you are hungry AND angry.  It’s not a pretty combination.  Angry about being hungry. Angry at the world.  Enough said. 4.    I have the ability to get totally and completely overwhelmed with the responsibility of making food for my family. Without a plan, I can walk in and out of the kitchen several times a day until I just collapse from emotional and mental exhaustion. 5.    Food stored safely in the confines of the fridge has the mysterious ability to disappear and only reappear when its at the point of no return.  Money (& yummy potential) down the...
A Beginner’s Guide To Food Sensitivities & Allergies

A Beginner’s Guide To Food Sensitivities & Allergies

A mama in our Savoring Joy Community recently emailed me this urgent request: “Help! Where to start?! No dairy for 3 of us, no nuts for 2, no gluten for 1 maybe 2, (all have to) cut back sugar…???” Does her cry for help resonate with you? Discovering food sensitivities and food allergies can be very difficult emotionally, physically and mentally. Depending on your current lifestyle and the severity and precedence of the food you’re sensitive or allergic to, it can be a HUGE adjustment.    I understand this mom’s desperation.  I know how complicated and challenging adjusting to a new way of eating because of food sensitivities can be.    Last year I was faced with a ridiculously long list of foods that I could no longer eat because of leaky gut (intestinal permeability).  That’s another story for another time. But bottom line, I get it.  I TOTALLY get it.  I’ve had my own journey with oppressive food sensitivities so I understand the challenges they present. Imagine the burden of trying to accommodate each family member’s sensitivities every meal you eat together.  The mom who emailed me was trying to confront not only every new food allergy & sensitivity, but also every additional food dislike and preference each person had, and try to somehow manage putting food on the table that everyone could eat and enjoy.  How overwhelming!    Can you imagine how many different dishes she was anticipating having to make to please everyone?  That is enough pressure and restraints to drive a person into pure insanity or depression.  Straight up crazy talk. Thankfully, I have a simpler solution for her, and for you....
I’m Putting Negativity On A Timeout

I’m Putting Negativity On A Timeout

Do you want to know the date that most people quit their New Year’s resolutions by? —> FEB 7th. That day has come and gone and I’m curious- How are you doing? My concern isn’t so much about whether or not you’ve lost the 10+lbs you wanted to, if you’ve been uber productive with your days or if you’ve pounded kale and spinach green juice every morning. My concern runs much deeper than that. I want to know how you are really doing. And I believe the answer to that question is found in how you talk. What kind of language are you choosing to say about yourself, your progress, your New Year so far? How are you talking to others about yourself? What’s your thought-life like? How’s your heart? That is where everything begins and all change happens— your heart. It’s from your heart that your mouth speaks, so pay attention to your words and you’ll quickly recognize what your heart of hearts believes. What do YOU believe about yourself? I’ve been hearing and reading a whole lot of ugly self-talk and I think it’s time to say, “Hold up. TIMEOUT, people”. I’m calling a timeout on negative & destructive thoughts, beliefs, and comments. Instead of saying: “I can’t believe I could NOT resist that donut this morning. I’m a complete failure.” Choose to say: “I am going to move forward and eat something healthy (that I enjoy) for lunch today. I CAN do this!” Make the decision to be motivated by GRACE.  Let LOVE ignite your pursuit. Shame, guilt, self-hate and negative thinking will only lead you to...