Basil Sweet Potato Fries

French fries used to be my favorite junk snack, but since I’m trying to cut down on the junk, I switched to sweet potato fries since it’s lower on the glycemic index. I searched to find a healthy sweet potato fries recipe.

(from FoodNetwork.com)

After cutting the sweet potatoes into a wedge size, I mixed it in some olive oil, then baked it. Afterward, I sprinkled fresh basil pieces, salt and pepper.

Dipping sauce:
I also made the dipping sauce that the recipe suggested. It’s a mix of mayonnaise (I like using OrganicVille mayo, since it’s vegan, sugarless, and without any processed ingredients), lemon juice, and garlic.

Comments on Final Outcome:
YUM! Definitely will be making this often. I like soft fries so the wedge size worked perfectly. For the dipping sauce, my hubby thought he was dipping the fries in ranch! It added a nice complementary flavor and it’s also a good way to get more lemon into my diet!

My reason for keeping this ingredient around in my life:
-Sweet potatoes contain caretenoids, which act as antioxidants. They also have antiinflammatory properties.
-Basil is antiinflammatory.

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Basil Broccoli

I had a lot of  broccoli florets left over from juicing their stems, and also a lot of cherry tomatoes and basil needed to use up. I found the perfect recipe that would use up these produce!

(from Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Cookbook)

Broccoli cooked with cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil, with some salt, pepper, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Comments on Final Outcome:
This might become one of my staple broccoli cooked dishes. It’s simple and completely healthy, and yet tasty!

My reason for keeping this ingredient around in my life:
-Broccoli is part of the cruciferous veg family, and this family is really high in anticancer power.
-As mentioned previously, tomatoes have anticancer properties. This is due to them having lycopenes. Lycopenes actually are released better from tomatoes when they’re cooked. However, cooking tomatoes also increase their acidity if you are trying to be more on an alkali diet. I’m not sure which one outweighs the other in terms of doing the body better.
-Lemons, part of the citrus family, have…you guessed it, anticancer properties too! Even though lemons are acidic to begin with, they actually alkalize in the body.