Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

by JJ Virgin on August 17, 2016

If you’ve never had a picnic under the stars, you’re missing out! Bring along this recipe and the others in the Star-Gazing Party menu for a delicious, easily portable meal. Taj’s Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce, Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt, Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, and Berries with Cacao-Nut Butter Spread: the perfect meal to enjoy while you lie back and look for the constellations.

Star-Gazing Party – Recipe #3 – Side

Spiced Sweet Potato Fries


August 17, 2016

These sweet potato fries are the natural version of sugar and spice and everything nice! They’re gobble-up good, with a little heat to balance the sweetness.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 4 servings


1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4"-thick wedges

2 tbsp Malaysian red palm fruit oil (divided)

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


1Preheat oven to 450F. Position the racks in the center and upper third of the oven.

2Lightly dampen a paper towel with 1 tablespoon of the palm fruit oil, and thoroughly wipe 2 rimmed baking sheets with it.

3Combine the sweet potato wedges with the remaining palm fruit oil in a large bowl.

4In a separate small bowl, combine the spices and salt. Add the spice mixture to the potatoes, and toss well to coat.

5Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, being careful not to overcrowd the pans. (Overcrowding = soggy fries)

6Bake, turning the fries once, until browned, about 20-22 minutes. Swap the position of the pans on the lower and upper racks once halfway during cooking to ensure even browning.

This recipe is part of the Star-Gazing Party menu, with Taj's Chicken Tenders & BBQ Sauce, Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt, Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, and Berries with Cacao-Nut Butter Spread. Check out the Star-Gazing Party Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful picnic dinner under the stars!

Originally published in JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2015

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size4 oz.
Sodium335 milligrams
Protein2 grams
Sugar5 grams
Total Fat3.5 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Total Carbohydrates23 grams
Dietary Fiber4 grams

The first recipe in the Star-Gazing Party menu was yummy, gluten-free chicken tenders with BBQ sauce on the side. Next up came crunchy Kale Chips with Cumin and Sea Salt. Now you’ve got the recipe for perfectly sweet and savory Spiced Sweet Potato Fries. The last delicious dish on the menu is Berries with Cacao-Nut Butter Spread. It’s all the goodness and nutrition you need to watch the night sky for hours.

And to complete your Star-Gazing Party, don’t forget to check out our guide, with tips to make your star party a success. Learn everything you need to know, including how to pick a good spot for star-gazing, what essentials to pack, and how to make a quick and easy Star Wheel to help navigate your night sky. Get ready for a party that’s out of this world!