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Skinny Fries

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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 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. 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 SmartPoints
4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
3
Weight Watchers
(old points) 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1 cup fries)
110 calories, 3.5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 2g protein, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 397mg 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