Monday, July 4, 2011

Sweet Potato Wheels

Sure enough, we didn't do much yesterday, but it was a nice day to relax at home. I had a sweet potato sitting on my counter for a while, so I decided to turn that into my lunch yesterday. It was SO GOOD that I just have to share--it's not much of a "recipe", more of a "method". But either way, you've got to try it!

Sweet Potato Wheels

1 large sweet potato (mine was 12 oz)
cooking spray
salt & pepper to taste

Set the oven to 'broil' (mine has high and low, so I chose high). Peel the sweet potato and slice into thin slices (about 1/4 inch). Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray, and then lay all the sweet potato pieces out on the sheet.
Lie the wheels on a sprayed baking sheet
Spray the tops with a little cooking spray and then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Put the sheet under the broiler until the tops are starting to burn darken in spots, like this:
When they look like this, flip them over
I think it took about 10 minutes for mine. Flip each piece over, and put the sheet back under the broiler. When you can smell the sweet potato goodness, and they look like this, they're done:
Pile them all on a plate and devour them. Share them with someone, because this is probably at least two servings. I ate the whole batch for about 280 calories, which was totally worth it. These taste just like sweet potato fries, but they are so much easier to make--they cook more evenly, they don't stick to the baking sheet, and they take less time overall.
A very well-spent 280 calories!
In the afternoon, my kids wanted to ride their bikes up to the liquor store to buy a popsicle. I took my bike, and I'm so in love with it! I haven't had a chance to really ride it like it's meant to be ridden, but I will definitely be able to when my kids go back to school. For now, I've been taking it out to ride with the kids, which is extremely slow. So slow that I feel like I'm going to tip over.

I went grocery shopping in the afternoon. Our refrigerator was practically empty, but I couldn't figure out what we were missing. We had the essentials--milk, almond milk, eggs, etc. I bought a shitload of fruits and veggies, because I haven't been eating many lately.

For dinner, we cooked turkey burgers on the grill. I got some Jennie-O burgers on sale for $1 (4 patties) because the sell by date was in 2 days. I also got 6 packages of Jennie-O turkey sausage for $1 each for the same reason--I just threw them in the freezer to use when we want. Awesome deal! Anyway, we also made corn on the cob. I really wanted baked beans, but in order to save calories, we rounded out the meal with watermelon and a dill pickle.
415 calories for the plate
Today's plans are pretty much the same. Jerry has to work, so it'll just be me and the kids. My knee is killing me, so I'm going to try to rest it as much as I can today.

What's your favorite thing to cook on the grill? As lame as it sounds, mine is probably hot dogs! If we're being very specific, I like brats, cooked until a little charred. Then I load it up with mustard and onions.


  1. Sweet potatoes are one of those foods I haven't eaten since I was about three years old. I tried it once, but the specific dish I tried tasted to me like a cross between potatoes and toothpaste and I hated it. I really need to retry them rather than going on the memory of a three year old's tastebuds, but I've been scared to.

    I like hamburgers on the grill the best, though tuna burgers would probably be wonderful too with lemon remolade...mmm...

  2. Oh! and I meant to say that I ordered that Around the World in 80 Diets book that you mentioned awhile back from my library through ILL and it came in yesterday. I've glanced through it and it looks very good, and my boys are all fascinated by it, keep flipping through the pictures.

  3. Yup, definitely making those sweet potato rounds this week. I've been craving sweet potato lately, which is weird cuz I never liked them as a kid. I think it's from hearing a lot of talk about sweet potato fries, which I've never had but am intrigued by. This seems like a good way to try it lighter! :) Enjoy your holiday!

  4. I looooove cheeseburgers on the grill! They are a weakness of mine during this time of the year. I've never been too fond of sweet potatoes, but I think I will give your sweet potato rounds a try! Thanks Katie!

  5. Hi Katie, Hope you're having a nice Fourth. Got caught up with your blog today after being totally away from the computer yesterday. We had our annual 4th of July party yesterday, and I was busy all day. I'm struggling today trying to quit eating and get back on the plan. I weighed 148 yesterday morning (a new all-time low) but today was up to 150.6. I never ate a burger or hot dog yesterday, just snacked on all the stuff that people brought out. It was delicious, but obviously FILLED with calories.

    My middle son and his wife take care of foster kids. Right now he has two little girls staying with them, and one of them's 18-year old mother. For the next 10 days a 12-year old girl is staying with them because her regular foster family is on vacation. I feel so sorry for this little girl. She is forthright, honest and kinda rough around the edges. But you can see the sweetness inside of her and also the harsh life she has had. She is the oldest of six kids, so probably has had a lot of responsibility along the way too. I see my own grandkids and some of the other kids who were at my house yesterday, including a two-week old baby girl with two very adoring parents and two equally adoring grandparents, and thought how lucky those little ones are compared to the kids who are staying as foster kids with my son. It's very sad, and it's so common. Some people should NOT have kids, but unfortunately they don't require any tests or licenses before you can be a parent! You were very brave at Walmart, I will admit I don't know if I would have had the courage to do that, but I'm glad there are people like you in the world. I hope that little boy will be okay, and that the dad/stepfather/boyfriend gets what is coming to him. But the law is not perfect and sometimes the people that deserve to be punished, get away with it. I knew, the way you take in stray animals that you are the kind of person who really cares. Good for you!!

    Those sweet potatoes look yummy--gotta try that!

  6. I love the jenny o turkey brats.. they are amazing. I love the ball park fat free hotdogs. I am in love with them with some cassleberry chili sauce on them... Ohhh that is so my dinner tonight. I also love to do sweetpotatoes and chicken on the grill. We have a smoker so I love smoked food. ummm my grill is already in Michigan I miss it... 3 weeks till I am there.~ vanillamama

  7. We don't have a grill. :( BUT I do love this recipe

    I imagine it would be even better on the grill (vs my lame skillet method of preparing it)

    I'm not a sweet potato fan but I've made your same "recipe" using carrots instead of potatoes. Delicious!

  8. I'm going to have to say ribs are my favourite on the grill. Yum! Shrimp come a close second.
    I like your sweet potato idea - I usually just boil and mash it but it seems more like winter food.

    I looked for that book in the library but they did not have it. I did find his earlier book - what the world eats which was equally facinating. Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. I am making these as we speak to pack in my lunch for tomorrow....I hope they are as good

  10. Hi Katie, I just found your blog via your comment on Lori's site. have I not found you before??? Love your post and pictures, and your weight loss is inspirational! I've bookmarked and will visit regularly. Hope you and your family (including all cats - I'm a cat person too...we have one) have a great week.

  11. Hi Katie,

    I love the notion of running for cookies! Sometimes I say "OK I just worked off breakfast and the meat on my sandwich for lunch, but cookies sounds so much more fun!

    I adore sweet potatoes and I cannot believe I have not thought to do wheels of them before. Splendid idea. And no need to run. A slow jog and the slate is once again wiped clean!

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet potatoes and will definitely be trying this recipe! Sounds simple & yummy!


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