Favorite Oven Fries

by Jen on July 5, 2011

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The sun is shining here and it’s supposed to be a hot day!  Love it.  I suspect we’ll be spending most of the day outside.

As you know, I’m a meal planner.  Once a week, I make our weekly menu.  Sometimes it’s an easy task, I’ll have lots of ideas about what to eat.  But other times, it’s a chore.  I don’t feel like making this or I don’t feel like eating that. 

Our meals usually consist of a protein, which in our case, is usually chicken.  Then I also make a carbohydrate as a side.  This can be potatoes, bread, yams, or another starchy type of vegetable (my kids don’t eat pasta…..go figure).  And to round out the dinner plate, I also serve a vegetable.  Broccoli and fresh veggies are our favorites.  So basically, that’s 3 foods I have to plan for each dinner.  By the end of it, my brain hurts!

But there are some foods that make a regular appearance in the weekly menu.  One of those foods is oven fries.  I love fries, but I hate the greasy ones served at restaurants.  I’m also not a huge fan of the frozen ones you can buy in the grocery store, there tends to be a lot of sodium in them.  So, I make my own.  And let me tell ya, they are better than any restaurant fry!

OUR FAVORITE BAKED OVEN FRIES

1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3 large potatoes)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika (optional)
sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425F.  Wash potatoes and cut into 1/2″ thick strips.  Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil and spices. (Feel free to add whatever spices you like)

Cover a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with non-stick spray.  Place potatoes in a single layer on baking sheet.

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Place potatoes in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, turning them over once halfway through.

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Mmmm……fries.  They are a little crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside.

I love to serve them alongside chicken tenders, fish, or basically anything.  I also like to sprinkle a little bit of Parmesan cheese on top!  Of course, my boys like to dip them in ketchup.

 Favorite Oven Fries

The next time you are at the grocery store, buy a large bag of Yukon Gold potatoes.  That way, when you are wondering what to make your family for dinner, you always have this healthy and tasty option!

What is one of your favorite “sides” to serve with dinner?

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