The Secret to Healthy Fries

The secret to healthy fries…is to make them yourself! On National French Fry Day, you could head over to the nearest burger joint for some fries and a shake, however, that’d be just like any other day.

Here, we like to make our own fries, as not only do they have more flavor, but they can be healthier too! With all the bountiful vegetables in your summer garden, why not? 

Especially since burger joint fries can be loaded with extra preservatives, calories, and grease!

Whether you love traditional (potato) French fries or want to venture into other fries, we have some healthy favorites for you! So grab your favorite ketchup and let’s get cooking!

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Sweet Potato FriesTruffle Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 tsp (or to taste) Black Truffle Sea Salt
1 TBS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Grocer
2 large sweet potatoes

Preparation:
PREHEAT oven to 400°F.

CUT sweet potatoes into fry-sized pieces.
TOSS with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
COAT with Black Truffle Sea Salt.
BAKE for 15-25 minutes or until tender (flipping halfway through).

Yield: 2-4 servings Total Time: 30 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Zucchini FriesItalian Zucchini Fries

Ingredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 TBS Tuscany Spice Blend (or to taste) 
1 TBS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Grocer
2 large zucchini

Preparation:
PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

CUT the zucchini in half length-wise and then again. Cut each section into fries. Pat dry with paper towels.
TOSS with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
COAT with Tuscany Spice Blend.

BAKE for 15-25 minutes or until tender (flipping halfway through).

Yield: 2-4 servings Total Time: 30 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Carrot FriesCrazy Carrot Fries

Ingredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 TBS (or to taste) Crazy Chicken Spice Blend
1 TBS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Grocer 2 lbs carrots

Preparation:
PREHEAT oven to 425°F.

PEEL carrots. Cut into fry-sized pieces.
TOSS with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
COAT with Crazy Chicken Spice Blend.
BAKE for 10-20 minutes or until tender (flipping halfway through).

Yield: 2-4 servings Total Time: 25 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Traditional Potato Fries (with a Garlic Twist)

Ingredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 tsp/about 30 grinds (or to taste) Kahuna Garlic Salt Spice Blend
1 TBS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Grocer
2 large potatoes

Preparation:
PREHEAT oven to 450°F.

CUT potatoes into fry-sized pieces.
TOSS with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
COAT with Kahuna Garlic Salt Spice Blend.
BAKE for 25-35 minutes or until tender (flipping halfway through).

Yield: 2-4 servings Total Time: 25 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Enjoy! Here are some extra tips to help out:

  • Don’t crowd the fries when baking. Make sure they are in a single layer on the baking sheet (and not touching).
  • For crispier fries: to help remove some of the moisture, make sure to blot off any extra moisture with a paper towels (after cutting but before cooking vegetables). Or you can also mix a starch (potato, tapioca, rice, or corn) in with the spices and coat the vegetables in it. Some also suggest shutting the oven off once the fries are baked, leaving the door halfway open, and letting the fries crisp up for another 10-15 mins.
  • For extra-crispy fries: mix about 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese mixed in with the spices prior to baking. Bake as usual. Broil 1-2 mins after baked for crispiness and browning.

 

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