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Coconut Sweet Potato Fries – Best Blogger Appetizer Reader’s Choice Winner

1 Comment | Written on January 23, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Yesterday we showcased the Editor’s Choice winner in our Best Blogger Appetizer Recipe contest and today we are excited to reveal the Reader’s Choice winner!

Congratulations to Jessi Andricks  from The House Of Healthy for her Coconut Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Cinnamon Dipping Sauce!

Keep reading…

This appetizer entry is vegan, gluten-free and even dairy-free.  The creamy dipping sauce is actually made from cashews!   Jessi says this pairs well with anything from burgers to tofu, and even works well with ethnic cuisines, such as Indian, Mexican, or Thai.

Follow this link for the recipe –>

Check out her original post on The House of Healthy here –>

What made you decide to enter the “Best Blogger Ever” contest?

I heard about it through an email and I was so excited to join in! It is such a fantastic way to share recipes and try out some new ones with people and blogs you may not have found otherwise.

How did you come up with your winning recipe?

It was a play on a recipe I had made before, but this time I tried to think about what would make the fries even more special. I figured, if they were served at a restaurant, they would have a creamy sauce to go with them, and cinnamon was the best flavor to add to it.

Why do you think this recipe won the “Reader’s Choice” award? Did you do anything special to share or promote your recipe and encourage votes?

I guess people really liked it! I think it’s a very universal recipe – whether you like to eat healthy, you eat a lot of “bar” food, you’re a vegan, or you’re a meat-eater, this recipe would be tempting. I mostly shared and promoted through social media (Facebook and Twitter) and I think this is where a lot of people shared and discovered the recipes and the contest.

Do you have any recipe development or photography tips to share with our readers?

For recipe development, start with some of your favorite recipes and see how you can change them and play with the flavors. You can also try to recreate your favorite dishes from some of your favorite restaurants. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, it always fun to try making other stuff to fit your diet. I love using soaked raw cashews instead of cream in my sauces and dips.

As far as photography goes, I am still learning quite a bit as I go. The best things I’ve learned are to check your lighting and to take a few shots – more than you need – so you can pick the best one. It also helps to go online and find some free editing tools for your pictures.

Have you seen an increase in traffic to your blog or this recipe since your win?

I have and even more than at my site, I noticed a huge growth in my social media followers, especially on Twitter. It has been a great way to spread my recipes and spread the word about the contest and Better Recipes.

Would you encourage other bloggers to enter recipe contests?

Yes! It is so much fun and a great way to share your recipes and site with a whole new crowd of people that might not find you otherwise.

When did you start the blog?

I started The House of Healthy in August of 2012.

Why did you start writing a food blog? What motivates you to write and create new recipes for your audience?

I started writing a food blog to help share some of my own recipes and ways to create your favorite foods in a healthier way. About 10 years ago, I became severely lactose intolerant, which meant I had to cut dairy from my diet, almost completely. This meant I had to start playing with new recipes and alternatives. It slowly transformed the way I ate and lead to much healthier eating. I wanted to share that with others who may have experienced the same thing or people who wanted to eat good food that was also healthy for them. This really keeps me looking at more and more ways to create recipes for my audience.

Do you focus on a particular angle or subject matter?

Most of the recipes on my site are gluten-free and vegan, using healthy, whole foods. I try to make things seasonally, organic, and local whenever possible. And above all – the recipes taste really good!

Do you have any tips for readers interested in starting their own blog?

Just go for it! If you wait until you learn how to do everything, you’ll never start. It’s not as hard as you think and it is pretty fun!




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