Easy Sweet Potato Fries and Dipping Sauces

For a lighter take on fries, try these oven-baked sweet potato strips. They're lower in calories than other types and loaded with fiber. Whip up one of our easy dipping sauces and you've got a better-for-you side dish.

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut in half lengthwise 3 peeled sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, then slice into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and paprika. Place in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, turning after 10 minutes, until tender.


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Curry Ketchup

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Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan. Add 2 chopped scallions and 1 teaspoon hot curry powder; cook 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup ketchup.


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Wasabi Sauce

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Mix 1 tablespoon wasabi powder with 1 tablespoon water. Combine with 1/2 cup light mayo, 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream, and a pinch of salt. Stir in 1 bunch snipped chives.


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Peanut Satay

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Blend 1/2 cup light coconut milk, 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter, 1 tablespoon each brown sugar, light soy sauce, and fish sauce. Whisk in 1/4 cup hot water and simmer over low heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons lime juice.

Originally published in the November 1, 2010, issue of Family Circle magazine.