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ROASTED SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH LEMON TAHINI SAUCE

I’ve been on a major sweet potato kick lately! I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I go through phases with food — and right now I can’t seem to get enough sweet potatoes. My Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce couldn’t be easier to make and it can be on your table in less than 45 minutes! Ever since my New Year Detox Salad with Pink Tahini Dressing recipe I’ve been experimenting with tahini-based sauces and dressings and really enjoy them with roasted veggies and pepitas. Today’s recipe combines all of those things with one of my favourite spring herbs, thyme! The sweet potato fries are infused with fresh thyme and oven roasted — they come out crisp on the outside and soft and velvety on the inside. My Lemon Tahini Sauce combines tahini paste with lemon, maple syrup and a touch of cayenne power for a little kick, resulting in a bright, protein packed sauce. It’s incredible drizzled overtop of the fries and sprinkled with pepitas for some extra crunch! Try this recipe next time you’re looking for light, spring side dish with a fresh, citrusy twist!


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I love the look of fresh thyme! It’s such a beautiful, aromatic plant that’s surprisingly versatile. It also has quite a history. In ancient Grecian culture they believed thyme was a source of courage. During the middle ages, people would burn it like incense to help purify their homes and place it under their pillows to ward off nightmares. Before the onset of antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages and help treat fungal infections. Cool, huh? I can’t say I’ve ever tried using thyme in those ways, but it is one of my favourite fresh herbs to cook with. It’s also packed full of nutrients!

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Lemon and thyme are one of my favourite flavour combinations in the spring. They play so well together and make for a fresh pairing that helps to brighten up roasted veggies.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce // JustineCelina.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce // JustineCelina.com

Let’s not forget the Roasted Sweet Potato Fries which are a great, healthy alternative to traditional deep fried french fries! They’re crispy on the outside and rich and velvety on the inside. Sweet potatoes boast an incredible nutritional profile an abundance of vitamins A, B, C, beta-carotene and fibre. Did you know the medium sweet potato used in this recipe has 400% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake?

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce // JustineCelina.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce // JustineCelina.com


ROASTED SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH LEMON TAHINI SAUCE


Serves 2

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Start by preheating your oven to 450 °F. While the oven comes up to temperature we’ll get the fries ready!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce // JustineCelina.com


Roasted Sweet Potato Fries


Ingredients

• 1 medium sweet potato
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Himalayan pink salt freshly cracked pepper to taste
• 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
• 1/8 cup pepitas

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Directions

1. Start by chopping the sweet potato into 1 – 2″ wedges and mincing the thyme leaves.

2. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and thyme to a large plastic bag, along with the sweet potato wedges. Seal the bag and toss fries in the seasoning to coat liberally.

3. Add the sweet potato wedges to a baking sheet and roast at 450 °F for 30 minutes, or until fries are nice and crisp. Around the 15 minute mark, rotate the fries.

4. This is optional, but if you like your fries really crispy and a little blackened (like in these photos), broil on high for 2 – 3 minutes before removing them from the oven. 

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Lemon Tahini Sauce


Ingredients

• 1/4 cup tahini
• 1/4 cup water
• Juice from 1 lemon
• 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
• 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper
• 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 small garlic clove
• 1 tsp 100% pure maple syrup
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

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Directions

1. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.

2. Pour the Lemon Tahini Sauce over the Roasted Sweet Potato Fries or serve it separately, so guests can dress their own fries. Sprinkle with pepitas and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Serve immediately.

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STILL HUNGRY? MORE LIGHT SPRING RECIPES


Dragon Fruit Bubble Tea Smoothie

Carrot Cashew Zoodles with Crispy Sesame Tofu

Blushing Beet Juice

Pomegranate Hibiscus Salmon Salad

New Year Detox Salad with Pink Tahini Dressing


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Curious about some of the items I used to style this recipe post? The wood is barn board I foraged near my childhood home in rural Alberta — the weathering is natural. The the aztec textile is my new rug from Urban Outfitters (draped over the back of my couch as a backdrop!). I picked the little woven bowl up at a flea market in Arizona last year and unfortunately I can’t find anything similar online — sorry! I’ve also been loving the Artisinal Dinnerware collection from Chapters Indigo and used the platter in this post. It’s gorgeous (but expensive) so I’m building my collection slowly until I have a full set!!


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Do you guys like sweet potato fries? If you try my Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Tahini Sauce please report back — I love it when you guys make my recipes and give me your feedback! You can tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them! I also have a board on Pinterest for my recipes, if you’re looking for some more inspiration.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Nicoletta sugarlovespices April 8, 2016 at 3:34 am

    This is such a beautfiul recipe Justine! I love roasted sweet potato fries, but never had them in combination with a tahini dressing. It sounds delicious and your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks, Nicoletta! The lemon tahini sauce is to die for with sweet potato fries. It’s such a nourishing combination that has an addictive quality — for the month I’ve been testing this recipe I’ve made them 6 times! If you try the recipe I’d love your feedback. And safe travels home from Italy, Alberta misses you! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs April 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I eat sweet potato fries at least once a week, and I love this tahini sauce combination. It’s on the list for next time! Your pictures are extra pretty in this post, too, they’re just glowing.

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment Alexandra! I’ve been really into aztec textures lately (well always… but especially lately!) and wanted something fresh and springy. If you try the recipe I’d love your feedback, tahini-based sauces and dressings have been huge in my kitchen this year!

  • Reply ceecee April 8, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I’ve never thought of pairing tahini with sweet potato fries – great idea! And I just happen to have a bottle of tahini in my cupboard! Thx, C

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Ceecee! Please let me know how you like it! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Trish April 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I’m so loving sweet potatoes right now. Certainly trying this sauce next time a roast a batch.

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Awesome! It’s so addictive… especially topped with the pepitas for some extra crunch. Have a great weekend, Trish!

  • Reply Cathy April 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Yum! I must try the lemon tahini sauce on my sweet potato fries! I’m pinning your recipe!

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Thanks so much for the Pin, Cathy! I’ll be waiting for your tasting notes. 😉

  • Reply Dana April 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    This looks and sounds SO. INCREDIBLY. TASTY. Who said that loaded fries had to be bad? These look way better than any “fancy fries” I’ve ever seen. Gosh. And as always, the photos are phenom!

    • Reply Justine April 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks, Dana! I actually thought of you when I was writing this recipe each time I typed… well… thyme. Haha! Have a great weekend and congrats on your FBC feature!

  • Reply Julia April 9, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Yum, yum & yum! Everything about this makes me want to eat it right now for breakfast! I have never ever put tahini sauce with sweet potatoes and I bet it is divine. And the photos, well just beautiful as always!

    • Reply Justine April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Ooo, I bet they’d be great for breakfast! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of that. They’re on the menu for dinner tonight, though! Thanks for stopping by, Julia! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  • Reply Lyndsay Sung October 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Zinnnng! Looks amazing Justine! Totally going to try it! ^__^

    • Reply Justine October 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Lyndsay, this is one of my all time favourite recipes — we eat it all the time! Please report back with your tasting notes! 🙂

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