Eating healthy is harder than it seems. A third of people who responded to an Australian survey said they weren’t sure what a healthy diet consisted of or how to improve their diets. And is it any wonder people are confused with different fad diets and miracle foods all promising to make us happy and healthier? Still, there is one thing most people can agree on: Eating too much fried food is not a great idea. Diets high in fried foods have been linked to diabetes and heart disease, and these foods are also usually high in calories, which means they can contribute to weight gain.
Unfortunately, fried foods are also delicious. But you don’t always have to drop something in a pot of hot oil to enjoy the flavors you know and love. Sometimes, baking can yield results that are just as delicious as frying. These five recipes prove it.
1. Baked French Fries
When dietitian Lisa Koo wanted to whip up a healthier batch of poutine, baking the French fries rather than frying them was an obvious choice, but she worried that skipping the hot oil would result in an inferior final product. Fortunately, the healthier baked option “ended up tasting better and was easier to prepare.” Here’s her recipe for baked French fries, which you can use for poutine or enjoy on their own. Recipe from Confessions of a Dietitian.
- 2 medium baking potatoes or sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut potatoes into matchsticks about ¼-inch wide. Add the potatoes to a bowl filled with water and soak for about 20 minutes.
Remove potatoes from the water. Pat dry using a paper towel, removing as much of the moisture as you can.
Place potatoes in a bowl with the olive oil and salt and toss to coat. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet, making sure the potatoes don’t touch each other. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then turn and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and serve immediately with your favorite condiments.