Snack Attack: Healthy Baked Fries!

by Jess, age 13

It was one of those days when I got hit by a major Snack Attack. After looking around our kitchen for the ultimate healthy snack, I spotted a few potatoes. Then it hit me. We should make some yummy french fries!!

I love french fries, but they’re not exactly a health food. And then I remembered something else: I don’t know how to make french fries.

But did that stop me? No way!

My Uncle Don came to my rescue with the perfect recipe for healthy oven-baked “fries” that actually taste GREAT!!! This recipe is so AMAZING I wish I could eat these scrumptious shoestring baked fries every single day. And you know what? Uncle Don’s recipe is so fast and easy that I actually can — and so can you.

I get really happy just THINKING about french fries!

Here’s what we did:

So first we grabbed some potatoes and washed them until they were squeaky clean. (I’m not kidding — they really squeaked!)

Next, we took a long serrated knife and cut each potato into layers. With those layers, we cut them almost to look like match sticks.

For me, a serrated knife is easier to control.

Always be super-careful when you’re using a knife!

We greased the pan with canola spray ( very light) and we laid the french fries side by side on our lightly greased pan.  If you like your fries jazzed up, you may add some additional flavoring of your choice including: salt, pepper, rosemary, etc.

Uncle Don makes a great sous chef!

As you can see, he likes to amuse the kitchen staff with his jokes!

Then we put the pan in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. (Everyone’s oven is different though, so feel free to experiment to find what works best for yours. And keep checking to make sure your fries aren’t burning!)

I think these look yummy even BEFORE they’re baked.

Want some? Just kidding – these are still raw!

Ding! Our fries are done! Hurray!

Take a basket or a bowl, place your french fries in it and sprinkle them with your favorite seasoning.

Crispy, golden-brown — and super-healthy!

Set the bowl on the table and dig in!

YUM! I survived my Snack Attack — and I feel AWESOME!

PS If you want to be super healthy (like my friends and me), pour a glass of juice and make yourself a salad to have along with it. We think fruits and vegetables from our local farmers’ market are the best companions with our french fries. Try it yourself and see how great REAL FOOD can be!


2 responses to “Snack Attack: Healthy Baked Fries!

  1. Mmmmm, that looks great! Good job, Jess! (And, your Uncle Don is a pretty cool guy.)

    In Autumn, when sweet potatoes are in season, try this recipe:


    2 tablespoons olive oil
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    4 pounds small sweet potatoes, each peeled and cut into 8 wedges
    8 sprigs thyme
    (The recipe also calls for koshar salt and pepper, but we prefer the wedges without it)

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, and nutmeg. Add the sweet potato wedges and toss to coat. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Scatter the thyme over the top and roast for 25 minutes, then turn the wedges over. Roast for an additional 25 minutes or until the edges are brown and crispy.

    Enjoy! By the way, they go great with your turkey on Thanksgiving!

    Elaine (Known by Uncle Don and Aunt Laura as “Elaine-iaK”!)

  2. In my family we have a traditional way of preparing potatoes like this, too! Who knows, Great Great Grandma may have brought the recipe with her from Italy. It’s not written down and its been passed from generation to generation. Instead of spray-on canola oil we use olive oil or even melted butter (this won’t be as low fat, of course).

    We call them “sec potatoes”. In Italian “secco” means dry, so that may be where we get that name. But they aren’t dried out–just crispy on the outside. 

    In our family, potatoes fixed this way are comfort food! If we haven’t had them for a while someone will ask, “Can we have sec potatoes tonight?” 

    Hmmm. Good idea. Thanks for the reminder!

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