January 16, 2012

Diveats - Homemade Baked "Fries"

I wonder why more people don't bake their "fries". Sure, it takes a little bit longer. Sure, they aren't really "fries" if you don't fry them. But they are awesome, healthy, and you can dip them in stuff. That is a trifecta of YUM in my book!

One of the best things about this method is that you can practice portion control. Not that anyone would ever want less fries. But we all know it's better for us. So you can use half of a potato instead of a whole one.

Did you know that a medium plain, cooked potato only has about 160 calories in it? That's a lot of fries/potato sticks you can have for not many calories.

The amount pictured below is just 1/4 of a very small potato. Next time I'm going much bigger!

Just cut up a potato into the desired size, place on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil and sprayed with cooking spray so the potatoes don't stick, season with your favorite spice or salt, and bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until they reach desired crunchiness.

Soon they will start to look like this with hints of crispiness nad a few slightly burnt edges. Yum!

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce - Mine is Light Ranch. Because I'm an American. And because I pretend to think it makes it healthy because it's light.

Then eat them all. And repeat. There's plenty more potato to chop up!

When it comes to at-home dining, there's just no excuse to fry when you can bake!

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