French fries are without question one of the most tasty and popular foods amongst children. But they are, as a matter of fact, neither light nor particularly healthy.
There are, however, a number of “green” alternatives that will allow you enjoy the delicious taste of french fries whilst avoiding the unhealthy ingredients. To do this, here is an easy recipe using potatoes:
Oven fries. These are the ingredients:
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 c. tablespoons of olive oil
- ¼ c. teaspoon paprika
- 1 pinch of thyme
- ¼ c. teaspoon chopped chives
- coarsely ground pepper (to taste)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Preparation. Preheat oven to 180 °C, peel the potatoes and cut them so that they are all roughly the same size. Soak them for 15 minutes in salted water, then rinse and dry. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil, paprika, thyme, chives and pepper.
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Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, turning them at least 3 times during cooking. Before serving, add the garlic (optional) and salt, mix well, cook for two minutes.
Other alternatives to fried potato chips are vegetable chips. Here are some recipes:
Baked carrots chips: Cut some peeled carrots into thin strips. Season them with olive oil, salt and pepper, in a bowl. Place on a baking dish and bake at 230 °C for about 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice.
Broccoli Chips: Take some broccoli stalks cut into small pieces and dip them first in an egg and milk mixture (1/2 cup milk and 1 big egg), then in bread crumbs (1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup bread crumbs and a pinch of salt, cayenne pepper, onion powder) and bake at 180 °C for 10 minutes.
Use the parchment paper to prevent sticking to the pan.
Radish Chips: Get some large radishes, cut into thin slices with a mandolin. Toss in a bowl with oil, salt and pepper/ paprika or curry if you like. Cover with parchment paper and bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove the paper, turn and cook for 10-15 minutes until crisp round the edges.
Beet chips: Peel the beets, cut into thin slices with a mandolin and season with salt and olive oil. Place between two sheets of parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. Then turn the parchment paper and bake for further 10 minutes.
Kale chips: Wash and dry the leaves of black or white cabbage. Season them well with olive oil and salt. Cook in a pan at 200 degrees for 15 minutes, when the edges are brown the will sound like dry leaves.
Fried zucchini: Preheat oven to 110°. Cut the zucchini into thin slices with a mandolin, season with salt and oil. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
However, we mentioned 10 healthy alternatives to French fries, so here are more recipes that will allow you to avoid the unhealthy ingredients used in the preparation of French fries:
Doritos chili: Mix 3/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 cup butter, 1 large egg, 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon paprika 1/2 tablespoon salt in a food processor. Divide the mixture into two parts and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Flatten with a rolling pin. Cut the dough into triangles. Bake at 180 degrees for about 7-10 minutes. Repeat with the other half.
Oven baked mozzarella sticks: Cut the mozzarella into sticks and freeze. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl with bread crumbs and grated parmesan (1 to 2 tablespoons of parmesan in a bowl of breadcrumbs) in a bowl, add a little parsley. Dip sticks in flour, then in egg and finally in breadcrumbs. Repeat this step. Place the sticks again in the freezer until ready to cook. Bake at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes on each side until browned.
Oven baked tortilla: Heat the grill. Cut tortillas into triangles and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle oil on both sides. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn the chips and cook for 3 minutes. Cool and serve with tomato sauce and guacamole.
I hope we made you hungry? You can nibble your chips without having to worry about cholesterol; you can also give these chips to your children for a healthier snack. These are richer in fiber, vitamins and minerals than traditional fries!
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