Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BBQ Sweet Potato Fries

BBQ Sweet Potato Fries
Having been on a health trip for the last few weeks, I realized one thing: I'm not young anymore! Gone are the college days that I could outwork a bad diet (not that I could do that back then either). No more staying up late, eating anything I want, drinking like it's prohibition, then heading to the gym to work it off for an hour a few times a week.

So the hunt for healthier alternatives was on. First on the list, french fries! Who can resist these things at any fast food joint? Unfortunately, they have earned the nickname "death sticks" due to their utter lack of nutritional value and are calorie, fat and salt bombs. So the first order of business was to upgrade from normal potatoes to sweet potatoes which are a nutritional powerhouse. Now to eliminate the frying, so many options like baking or even air frying with a special machine. But, since it's BBQ season where I'm from and people are probably grilling burgers (veg and non-veg) why not take advantage if you have space to cook up an awesome side dish?

I dredged the internet and all the BBQ sweet potato recipes I found have the same formula: cut, boil, season, BBQ. The recipe is relatively simple and you cut some sweet potatoes into wedges or large matchsticks. Boil the cut up potatoes for roughly 5 minutes or until they're easily pierced with a fork. Not too long because you want french fries, not mashed potatoes. Once their tender, rinse them off in cold water to stop the cooking process then pat them dry with paper towel.

Boiled and cooled potatoes ready for some seasoning
Don't make them too small as they shrink as you cook them and you also don't want them falling through the grill grates (even if yours are relatively close together, there will be casualties). After drying, they're ready for seasoning. Add a bit of oil to lightly coat the fries so the seasoning will stick and choose flavors you like.  I went with some salt, garlic power, paprika and chili powder.  Next, put them a grill set at medium and cook until they start turning brown at the edges, then flip and repeat on the other side (about 7 minutes each side). Once cooked, take them off the BBQ and start enjoying your healthier french fry.

Fries on the BBQ (notice the lost fry on the left)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello, Nininjas

So you found me.

This blog is the culmination of all my passions and interests online. I have been on social media for almost two decades now (with my first blog way back in High School) - been all over the place, starting online guilds, businesses, websites, and what nots - and I think it's about time to consolidate all my interests and activities in one banner site. So welcome to my first solely-managed personal website, www.thenininja.com.

This endeavor is very exciting for me as well as really nerve-wracking. It's a reflection of all my interests-- from writing, shopping, travelling, the arts, and even my handmade projects and products-- this site is meant to house all those under one banner, my name.

So here's to the start of something exciting! Hope you join me in this new journey as I turn a new leaf in my life. Blogging has been a big part of my growing years and it will continue to be as I keep growing and discovering new things which I will also be sharing with all of you. Exciting things are ahead, so just step back and let us all enjoy the ride!

"Let the beauty of what you love, 
be what you do.

Shine like the whole universe is yours."
- Rumi
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