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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Set the bowl on the table and dig in!
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!