Don’t be a afraid of the tater! Especially when they’re perfect french fries made right.
The poor potato has such a bad reputation.
I’m here to tell you: it’s not the potato’s fault, it’s the way humans have prepared it. Fryin’ it up into french fries or chips creates a saturated calorie bomb with all the wrong fats. Hydrogenated fat being the worst of them all.
The reason being,“hydrogenated fats are difficult for the body to “grab onto” and metabolize, and can neither be incorporated into cell structures nor excreted in the normal fashion. Thus, hydrogenated or “trans-” fats tend to remain “stuck” in blood circulation, becoming oxidized and most importantly, contributing significantly to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and possibly also cancer.” ~ World’s Healthiest Foods.com
So, we go back to that simple fact that eating a food in it’s whole form is just the bomb dot com.
A potato is actually one of the most perfect foods around… if you eat it in it’s whole form as a potato, baked or boiled without any extra oils or deep fryin’.
Come as you are potato! Come as you are.
Of course, upping the anti and adding spices or healthy sauces to the experience makes the naked spud shine brighter than the best potato chip or french fry you’ve ever bought!
This can be done with sweet potatoes too! But, you might be surprise to know that they’re not much different in nutrition than the white potato!
My favourite way to eat these is in a boat. Get that romaine out, throw a fry in there, then take a dip.
Benefits of potatoes:
- packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre
- no saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol
- more potassium than a banana
- a great source of vitamin B6 (for mood, brain function and eyesight),
- magnesium is in these babies to reduce anxiety, plus relieve muscle aches and migraines
- antioxidants are in there for combat disease and protect your cells from free radicals
- 3-4 Russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
- (Get creative with your spices! These are good: curry, cumin, onion powder, tarragon)
Curry Ketchup Sauce:
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 head romaine lettuce (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F
- Chop potatoes into thick fry-shape slices
- Pour them into a zip-lock bag with the spices and shake shake shake until evenly coated (kitchen dancing recommended)
- Spread the fries evenly across a parchment or silicone mat- covered baking tray (if you want em' crisp, don't let them touch)
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip each one over.
- Bake for another 15 minutes, or until you can see the golden brown edges puffing up
- Mix all sauce ingredients together
- Serve in a romaine leaf and dip it all in your sauce!