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I might not be going back to school, but this time of year signifies change in all of our lives. Whether you are sending kids back to school, heading back yourself, or just transitioning into those fall months when life is more about work than play, things get crazy busy.
It’s easy to get caught up in meetings, appointments, computers, and cell phones. And in that frenzy we lose a lot of things that are important, particularly meals, which are a great way to slow down and spend time with those who mean the most to us.
However, if you are anything like me, you don’t have time to spend all day in the kitchen making meals. Luckily, there are some quick and easy, tasty and protein packed options that are here to save the day.
I am a huge fan of breakfast and dinner, and honestly I’m not a big lunch eater. As long as I have a hearty breakfast and a satisfying dinner, I am good to go.
So after I stop at Meijer on the weekend to stock up on groceries for the week, I start my mornings with Jimmy Dean® Croissant Sausage Egg Cheese. They are made with real ingredients and ready in less than three minutes. I am always amazed at how flaky the croissant is and love how well it pairs with the gooey cheese, fluffy egg, and hearty sausage.
It’s the perfect mix of protein, fat, and carbs to satisfy all my cravings and leave me feeling full for a long time. I love to heat these in the microwave and grab it as I am heading out the door to begin my day.
And then when it’s time to make dinner I love Tyson® Chicken Patties which have no artificial ingredients. Instead of a bun, I really enjoy these on a bed of lettuce, kind of like a salad. To make the Chicken Patties into a complete meal I whip up a batch of my Spiced Sweet Potato Fries.
These fries are oven baked, but because I slice them thin, they get super crispy. The spices don’t make them overly spicy, but just add a great flavor that really balances the sweetness from the potatoes.
Because all fries need a serious dipping sauce, I stirred together a little ketchup and Sriracha for some more balanced, sweet and spicy flavor. I could literally put that dipping sauce on anything. It is just sooooo good.
Plus right now you can save $2 on back to school essentials with your mPerks account.
So with Jimmy Dean® and Tyson® on our side, we have nothing to fear as fall and back to school season rapidly approach.
3 large sweet potatoes, washed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon Sriracha
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut sweet potatoes into long, thin fries. It is best to cut the ends off the potato, cut the potato in half lengthwise, and work from there until you have fries that are about ¼ inch thick. It is okay to have some of different sizes.
Place the potatoes in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Sprinkle with chili powder, pepper, salt, and red pepper and use your hands to mix them around.
Drizzle the oil over the potatoes, making sure all potatoes are coated as is the baking sheet. Add more oil as necessary, the excess will remain on the tray during cooking but ensures crispy fries.
Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the fries. Bake for an additional approximately 15 minutes, until deep golden brown and crispy.
For the dipping sauce, stir together the ketchup and Sriracha.
Serve immediately or cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 400 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, until crispy.