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You bet! These skinny fries are a fabulously, healthy alternative to regular French fries. You’ll only need 4 ingredients to create them. So simple, once the potatoes are prepped.  All you do is drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper, toss, bake and dig in. One serving of these yummy, skinny fries has 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. A small Mc Donald’s fries has 230 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes


Ingredients

2 large baking potatoes, (Russet potatoes) 8 ounces each

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoons Lawry’s seasoning salt, see shopping tip

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Olive oil cooking spray


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Scrub the potatoes and cut lengthwise into 4 equal slices; cut each slice into thirds or fourths. As the potatoes are cut, place them in a dish of ice water and let soak for about 10 minutes

3. After soaking potatoes, drain off water, remove potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Return the dried potatoes to bowl, sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper and drizzle with oil; evenly distribute the oil and seasoning by tossing with your hands. Mix well.

4. Place potatoes on a baking sheet that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Spray top of potatoes with a little more cooking spray.  Bake until golden brown and tender; approximately 35-40 minutes, turning frequently.  If you like crispy fries, bake an additional 8-10 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with additional seasoning and pepper, if desired, and serve.

Makes 4 servings (each serving, about 1 cup)


Food Fact

The russet potato is low in moisture and high in starch, making it good for baking, boiling and making French fries.  They’re sometimes referred to as an old potato or a baking potato.


Healthy Benefit

Potatoes have surprising health benefits.  No need to keep them out of your diet.   They’re rich in complex carbohydrates that can supply energy.  They are low in calories and contain no fat.  They contain more potassium than any other fresh vegetable, even more than bananas!  Potatoes also contain vitamins C and B6.


Shopping Tips

Choose potatoes that are firm and plump, avoiding those that have shriveled skins, sprouting eyes, soft spots, blemishes and green spots.

Most supermarkets sell Lawry’s seasoning salt in the spice section or use your favorite. Just salt or salt and pepper taste great too.


Prep Tip

Soaking the potatoes first in ice water reduces some of the starch and helps the potatoes from sticking during baking.  In addition, the potatoes won’t turn brown.


Serving Tip

These skinny fries taste great dipped in ketchup, barbecue sauce or my recipe for

The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)




Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1 cup fries)
110 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g protein, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 180mg sodium, 2g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 small Mc Donald’s French fries
230 calories, 11g fat, 3g protein, 29g carbs, 3g fiber, 180mg sodium, 1g sugar

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15 Responses to “Skinny Fries”

  1. Jerry Ko Says:

    Cant really go wrong with a simply yet healthier batch of fries! I love fries myself but really cut back on eating on the fried ones over the last few years especially so this baked version is up my alley :)

  2. Claire @ Claire K Creations Says:

    I love making chips like this. I think I even prefer them to the greasy take-away version. Yum!

  3. Maureen Says:

    Healthy (er) fries – they look wonderful.

  4. alyce Says:

    i love a healthy alternative.

  5. Melaney Says:

    Yummy recipe! I used grapeseed oil instead of olive and it was still very good!
    Be careful if you cut the recipe in half, to not bake it as long as they will burn….

  6. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you liked this recipe. I’ve never tried it with grapeseed oil but sounds like it would taste great…

  7. Kristi Says:

    Could you give us an approximate weight for the two large potatoes? I ask because I’ve found that a “large” potato means different things to different people :) I buy bags of potatoes and usually go for smaller ones so pounds are helpful when trying to ensure I’m making enough.

    Thanks. I love all the recipes!

  8. admin Says:

    Hi Kristi, I did my calculations based on one potato weighing about 8 ounces each. An 8 ounce potato has about 178 calories.
    I hope this helps. I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes. Thanks!

  9. Dawn Says:

    If I could suggest instead of using Lawry’s Seasoning Salt; how about a product that is salt free like Mrs. Dash??

  10. admin Says:

    It’s a great suggestion Dawn. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kathy Says:

    Definitely will try this recipe! I love french fries and it looks so easy. Thanks for sharing

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks Kathy!

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks Kathy! They are so easy to make. Enjoy!

  14. Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) Says:

    These look yum. One of these days I’ll be more on the ball and start making fries instead of opting for Ore Ida! (sp?)

    Pinning!

  15. admin Says:

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Thanks for pinning Andrea!

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