It’s a mystery to me as to why potatoes receive so much negative press. Yes, they are a starchy carbohydrate…what’s the big whoop? Obviously I am not a supporter of the low-carbohydrate lifestyle but find nothing wrong with a moderate carbohydrate consumption (say 40-50% of calories from carbohydrate, assuming an adequate calorie intake). It all depends on a person’s needs. My needs are moderate carbohydrate, and I enjoy potatoes 😀
Note: Minimum carbohydrate recommendations are 130 grams for anyone over the age of 3. This equates to at least 520 calories a day coming from carbohydrate.
Besides, potatoes pack huge nutritional punch. A medium potato provides 4 grams of fiber, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and plentiful amounts of Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B6, potassium, and manganese (among many others) with a modest 160 calories and 37 grams of carbohydrate.
The valid problem with potatoes (or should I say people?) is their preparation method: frying or doused in high calorie, saturated fat-packed butter, sour cream, cheese, etc.
But, of course, who doesn’t love America’s #1 vegetable source: french fries!? No one, that’s right. And surely not this girl, no no no. But oven fries are the perfect compromise between crunchy fries and nutrient-packed potatoes, which can be prepared in the home…at a very low cost 🙂
P.S. There is nothing good, nor humorous, about the #1 most consumed “vegetable” in the United States being french fries. That’s actually very, very scary…and sad.
Oven Fries My Way
6 large red potatoes (about 2 pounds)
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp Tbsp garlic salt
Preheat oven to 450 F. Line 2 baking sheets with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
Wash potatoes and cut into matchsticks. Put potatoes into a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Drizzle with olive oil, close, and shake to coat potato pieces on all sides.
Sprinkle with paprika and garlic salt and shake to coat.
Arrange potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet – try not to have the potato matchsticks touching one another. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until desired crispness is reached. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/4 cup of fries).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 143 calories; 7 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 658 mg. sodium; 21.7 g. carbohydrate; 2.5 g. fiber; 3.3 g. protein
Result: I’m sorry, but nothing beats oven fries! Maybe because there’s no guilt associated with them? Or at least very little. The sodium content is a little high, but the garlic salt makes these fries MONEY. Of course I’m probably biased, but Mr. Prevention seemed to agree. Somehow this recipe to serve 6 only serves 2 when he’s involved. 😉 I have worked on perfecting this recipe over the years, and this is it, folks. Hope you enjoy! 😀
Question: Where have you had the best french fries ever? Are you a crinkly fry or curly fry type of person? Or what about wedges or waffles fries?