French fries appeal to kids and making them healthier is of benefit to everyone. Potatoes are high in Vitamin C and potassium. How you prepare them makes the difference. This way of “frying” cuts the fat by 1/3 compared to your local fast food restaurant’s fries.
4 teaspoons olive oil
4 medium baking potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Step 1- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Brush with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Set aside.
Step 2- Scrub the potatoes (leave skins on). Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick wedges. Place the potato wedges in a large bowl. Add the remaining olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle the potato wedges with salt and black pepper, toss to coat. Arrange the potato wedges in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Step 3- Bake in a 450 degree oven for 12 minutes. Turn potatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes more or until tender and golden brown.
Leaving the peels on the potatoes saves time and boosts the nutrition. Half of the fiber in potatoes comes from the skin. Using Parmesan cheese adds more flavor and reduces the amount of salt that you might normally put on french fries.
Spice it up by using 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon paprika when you add the salt and black pepper.
Like garlic? Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt) when you sprinkle the salt and pepper on.
Sweet potatoes are a delicious change to using baking potatoes. Instead of seasoning with salt and black pepper, use 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon instead. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, turning once.
You and your family will enjoy this healthier take on french fries.