Who doesn’t love them?
Unfortunately, most people consider fries as junk food, but what if I told you that they don’t have to be?
Yes, you read that right: I don’t think that fries have to be considered as junk food.
What if I were to tell you that if you take the salt and oil out of the fries, they’re pretty good for you.
You probably think I’m crazy….but here’s the thing: Potatoes have lots of nutritional value. Potatoes are a great source of:
Now, that doesn’t sound much like junk food to me?
I think it’s time that we stop blaming potatoes for the oil and salt that we drench them in.
THAT is what makes them bad. On their own, they’re just a good starch.
Unfortunately, most restaurant fries are pretty awful for you (if you eat them regularly). Fortunately, you can easily make your own at home that are both delicious and healthy. Potato lovers, no need to feel guilty! Feed your obsession and feel good about it.
Potatoes are a big part of my vegan diet, and I love how they make me feel. They are super filling and energizing. Nothing empty about that.
The great part of my recipe is that it is super customizable. You can add any seasoning you want! You can use my favorite blend, or you can do something completely different…completely up to you!
The one downside of not using oil is that you do have to add a bit more seasoning to really bring out the flavor, but it’s worth it for a much healthier snack, side, or meal (that’s right. I’ve made mono meals out of fries before, and I’d do it again!).
I think it’s time for us to let go of the potato stigma and begin to appreciate them as a good starch. Fries don’t have to be a guilty pleasure. You can enjoy them as much as you want if you make them the right way (minimal salt and oil).
I hope you love my simple fries recipe. You may realize that the recipe itself does not have any measurements for spices. This is because fries are so customizable! I really think that you can get as creative or as simple as you want with them. Pro tip: buy the Red Robin seasoning and sprinkle it all over the fries before placing them in the oven. You are welcome. (there is sea salt in the Red Robin seasoning, though).
Whatever seasoning you go with, I really believe that you will enjoy these fries, and let me tell you, you can truly enjoy them. No guilt. No shame. These fries aren’t bad for you. Carbs aren’t the enemy, they’re your friend! I know, crazy, right? But it’s true!
- 2 Medium Russet Potatoes (or any other medium potatoes of choice)
- 3 Tbsp Vegetable Broth
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Onion Powder
- 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
- 2. Slice potatoes into small, thin strips. You can make them as thin or thick as you like. If you have a fry cutter, it will save you a lot of time.
- 3. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Place fries onto the pan, and scatter them so that none of them are stacked on top of each other (it is fine if they are close together). Drizzle 3 tbsp of vegetable broth onto the fries, and add any desired seasonings. Gently toss to coat.
- 4. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, flip fries and bake for another 5 minutes.
- 5. Once out of the oven, add any extra seasonings if desired, and serve.
Fries make the perfect side dish and they are definitely one of my favorites!
What is your favorite side dish? Anything you would like me to veganize and/or make healthier? Just let me know and I’ll consider it! Have an awesome day and thank you for stopping by!