Healthy "Fries"

Cravings can be tough to beat mid-week when schedules seem to get busier and the thought of making a meal becomes less and less appealing.  Personally, I love a good French fry but I’m a little less fond of the guilt that ensues when I think of the saturated fat that typically goes along with them. 

These Parmesan fries are tender in the middle and lightly crispy on the edges.  The satisfying baked version helps cut down the total fat from a whopping 17g (average in a typical medium serving) to a more reasonable 7g, and halves the amount of saturated fat.  The American Heart Association recommends keeping saturated fat to less than 5-6% of total calories, which for most people equals 12-13g per day.

These “fries” are so easy and worth the few extra chops on the cutting board, so go ahead, skip the drive-through and cook at home tonight!

Parmesan Oven Fries
Serve 4-6

4 medium red potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. Herbs de Provence
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

Cut potatoes lengthwise then slice each half into 6 wedges.  In large bowl, toss potatoes with sea salt, garlic powder and Herbs de Provence.  Spread onto a baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake 30-35 minutes, flipping over wedges about half way. 

Place potatoes on a plate lined with paper towel and allow excess oil to be absorbed. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts: 215 calories, 7g Fat, 1.5g Saturated Fat, 34g Carbohydrates, 5.5g Protein, 175mg Sodium, 3.5g Fiber, 976mg Potassium

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