Healthy French Fries? Skip the Drive-Thru & Make Your Own

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Potatoes are still vegetables and have a place in a well-rounded diet, even when they are made into fabulous French fries. The key is to make French fries that everyone will love without stripping them of their nutritional value or adding things that change a tasty treat into a dietary don’t. Start by keeping those nutrient rich skins on the potatoes. You can slice and dice them anyway you want, just don’t peel them first.

  • Better baked. One way to make a healthier French fry is to bake them in the oven. Slice your potatoes and use a plastic bag and a drizzle of olive oil to coat the fries. Toss them in your favorite seasoning and spread them out on a cookie sheet. The key to crispness is making sure they are spread out enough that they aren’t touching each other and have space to cook. Roast them at 450 degrees for 10 minutes; turn them and then roast for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Good on the grill. Another way to make great fries is to cook them on the grill. Prepare them just like you would to roast them in the oven and fire up the grill. Place the cookie sheet on the hot grill and close the cover. Turn a few times to keep the fries from sticking and within minutes you have a delicious accompaniment to your hotdogs and hamburgers. This method always works great with store-bought fries. Make sure that you check the nutrition label and pick a brand without trans-fat and with the lowest saturated fat and sodium totals.
  • Fry them up in a pan. Although it is often the act of frying that gets French fries on the “worst dressed” list, you can still achieve that deep-fried texture and flavor without sacrificing your health. Instead of immersing your fries in a vat of oil, coat a pan with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and fry them up in frying pan. Add your favorite seasoning to spice things up.

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