These really good for you and soooo yummmmyyyy. Eat as many as you like, because why restrict food that your body wants? These fries don’t need oil or salt to taste amazing or get brown and crispy, they’re proud to just be themselves: glorious potatoes.
Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the past few years for being not that nutritionally dense but in reality they are practically the perfect food (read The Starch Solution for more on this). There’s this new trend focused around “superfood” powders like cacao, spirulina, maca and others and people are getting all excited because they think these powders are the key to longevity and ultimate wellbeing. Judging from my recipes, we can all tell I dig these guys. What would life be like without raw chocolate!? (Really scary for everyone around me during my time of the month). But here’s my point: the term “superfood” shouldn’t be relegated to just a few new food powders on the market, the real superfoods are WHOLE FOODS that have been helping our species survive for a reaaaally long time: yams, rice, potatoes, corn, and other starchy veg. If you wanna learn more about this, study archaeological records of our diets worldwide, and also just take a look at traditional cooking around the globe today! In Africa, yams are the staple. In Asia, it’s rice. In the Americas, corn is #numberone and finally in Europe, potatoes and grains (okay, and beer) have been the base of the diet for ages. Even if we disregard ancestry; the most environmentally responsible choice is eating a plant-based diet since animal agriculture makes up more greenhouse gas emissions than all transport combined. Plant eaters also live longer.
The Irish population lived off the potato for hundreds of years (largely due to political reasons but still) and this dude ate nothing but potatoes for two months and actually got healthier. It’s awesome! I use a site called cronometer.com sometimes to make sure I am eating enough calories, and if you input that you ate like 12 baked potatoes, it tells you that you hit 70% of all nutritional requirements for the day! You just need a bit of fat (although their fat recommendations are already a bit high) and some dark leafy greens and you’ve got a diet to thrive on. AMAZING. So please, eat as many of these healthy fries as you desire. Don’t restrict the good stuff!
PERFECT OVEN-BAKED FRIES
5 russest potatoes*
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Scrub the potatoes, then slice into fries and toss with the garlic and pepper. Add more garlic, pepper or other spices if you like. If you want, add a little salt. Bake them on parchment paper-lined pans for 30 minutes, flip ’em and keep baking for another 10 minutes or so until they get nice and brown. Spritz on some lemon juice and enjoy!
I like to eat mine with lettuce because it helps digestion and it’s hydrating; and tomato puree instead of ketchup. *Try to get organic potatoes!