Tag: french fries

How to Make a French Fry Out of (Almost) Any Vegetable

by in Robin's Healthy Take, August 3, 2013

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When you think french fries, you think potatoes, right? But who made spuds the king of the fry? Turns out, lots of delicious vegetables make great finger food, and there’s no need to deep-fry!

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

by in Robin's Healthy Take, June 3, 2013

It seems “truffle fries” are super trendy these days. No surprise, they’re downright amazing – crisp, golden-brown French fries with hints of earthy truffle oil. Problem is, they ARE French fries after all, which means they dish up about 300 calories and 20 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. And let’s not forget, the fries aren’t the entrée; they’re often served as bar snacks or alongside chicken, steak and fish. The good news is, you can make your own truffle fries at home in a snap. You can even add Parmesan cheese and still have better nutritional numbers than the one you’ll see on restaurant menus. Check it out – these gems are incredible.

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Frozen French Fries: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, April 13, 2012
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Are frozen fries healthy?

Think a box of frozen taters are a healthier option? We’ll fill you in on the pros and cons, plus give you a homemade alternative.

Good?
Frozen fries offer convenience – pop ‘em on a cookie sheet and toss in the oven. Your grocer’s freezer is bursting with a wide array of options in different shapes, sizes and flavorings. You can also find certified organic and sweet potato varieties.

Frozen sacks are easy to store and may be able to help with portion control – you can take out a moderate-sized portion (about 200 calories worth per person) and tuck the rest back in the freezer.

Bad?
Frozen fries are still fried! Even worse, many brands use trans fats and palm oil which aren’t ideal for heart health. While fries do need a sprinkle of salt, many bagged brands have at least 15% of the daily recommendation of sodium per serving.

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Fish and Chips, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, September 28, 2010
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Baked Fish and Chips - Photo by Andrew Mccaul, Food Network Magazine

Drown fish in oil and serve it with a side of greasy fries and you’ve got yourself a quadruple bypass waiting to happen. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but you get my drift.  The funny thing is, potatoes and fish are naturally healthy foods. Here’s how to make this English staple tasty and delicious.

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Spotlight Recipe: "Old Bay" Grilled Steak Fries

by in Healthy Recipes, May 30, 2009

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Bobby Flay is a definite grill master (Did you see him with that burger in this month’s Food Network Magazine?). He doesn’t disappoint with this dish. Doctored up with a spice mix that echoes Old Bay’s flavor, these steak fries are an easy side for your weekend cookout.

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(P.S.: Dana talked about faux frying yesterday — this recipe is another lighter french fry alternative.)

Spotlight Recipe: Sweet Potato and Celery Root Fries

by in Healthy Recipes, December 26, 2008


Embrace your root vegetables. Celery root (a.k.a celeriac) doesn’t get much love mostly because people don’t know what to do with it. Containing vitamin K and potassium, it has a fresh celery flavor. This dish pairs the root with sweet potatoes, another tuber that’s loaded with B vitamins and beta-carotene.

These spicy-and-savory fries are a perfect side dish for a simple sandwich or some of your leftover roast. And don’t worry, they’re oven-baked, not fried.

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