This week I am inspired to create healthy meals and dishes. Today, I am taking something that is usually riddled with fat and am lightening it up. French fries. Who doesn’t love to bite into a nice french fry from time to time? I know I will get cravings for them all the time. They are just so tasty! But why do they need to be so bad for you?
In an effort to satisfy my taste for french fries, while still making them leaner, I decided to bake my fries. By baking them, you cut back on a lot of fat used to cook the fries. That means that you and me each get to have more and more fries! This is an excellent swap to get that same delicious taste for a fraction of the fat.
This recipe can be made with either sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. Personally, I really enjoy the taste of sweet potatoes and try to get sweet potato fries whenever I can. Sweet potatoes also provide more nutrients than regular potatoes do. Sweet potatoes are packed with over twice the amount of your daily recommended allowance of Vitamin A. That’s food you can feel good about.
Enjoy the recipe! I sure did enjoy chowing down on all the fries once my photo shoot was over….
Prep time 40 minutes, Serves 2
- 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed
- 3 tsp cornstarch
- 3 tsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Chop ends off of sweet potatoes. Cut potatoes into fry size pieces.
- Place pieces in a zip lock bag with cornstarch. Toss until all potato slices are coated with a thin layer of cornstarch.
- Place starched fries on a baking sheet. Sprinkle olive oil over fries and toss to combine.
- Bake fries for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip fries to the other side. Place the fries back in the oven and continue to cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove fries from oven and immediately sprinkle with desired amount of salt.
- Serve while warm.
Note: The amount of fries you make will change depending on the size and number of the potatoes you use. For two people, I use about 2 large sweet potatoes. Everyone will just simply want to scarf them down so I would always make too many over too few.
Want your fries softer? Cook fries for the same amount of time but cut your fries into larger sized fries.