Lots of people told Brett and I that when we moved to China we would probably experience a “honeymoon” phase that would last about the first 6 months. The food would be unique but delicious, the culture different but exciting, the language challenging but educational. The start of a new life in a different country would be fresh and exciting, everyday bringing us new discoveries and fun hurdles to jump over.
While there have definitely been hardships since we moved here–grieving the death of two friends back home, lots of sickness, and falling off my bike–overall it’s been such an amazing experience…and we’ve been here 8 MONTHS already! Time has seriously flown and we’ve either remained in the “honeymoon” phase or really and truly love living here.
I’m pretty sure I just love living here.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt more content or at peace anywhere I’ve lived. I love our open, bright apartment. I love the language learning method we’re using and my amazing teacher. I love the people. I love the culture. I love the food. I love the many quirks Chinese people have. I love the beautiful scenery. I love the markets full of abundant produce. I love the pace of life.
Can you tell I love China?!
We’ll see what the future months bring, but I’m hoping that we’ll continue to love our lives here, the good and bad and everything in between.
Speaking of things I love…
…can we talk about these Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries?!
Basically we can call these my newest obsession. I’m such a phase person, and while sweet potatoes have always been a staple in my diet, the way I eat them changes fairly often. I went through a sweet potato breakfast phase where I ate them cold with cinnamon, banana and raisins. I’ve had phases when I love them with lemon tahini dressing over salad. I’ve loved them roasted whole or cut into cubes. And NOW, I’m all about these Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
Come to mama.
Baked fries aren’t anything new, but this method of preparing them makes them super soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and perfect for dipping in your favorite condiment. Brett and I have been loving these fries as a side dish or as the base for Vegan Chili Loaded Sweet Potato Fries, which I’ll be sharing the recipe for soon! Switch up the spices to your liking or use the ones I suggest. You can’t go wrong!
If you give this method of making Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries a try, leave a comment and let me know or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- 1 medium Sweet Potatoes per person
- Chili powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Wash your potatoes and cut them into wedges.
- Place the potatoes into a bowl and shake the seasonings generously on top. Toss to coat.
- Using a wire rack over a baking tray, lay the potato wedges out in a single layer (see photo).
- Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until browned and crispy on the outside.
- Enjoy with your favorite condiments.