Dec 042013
 
 December 4, 2013  food, natural parenting, recipes

Today I have a special treat for you!  We all know how hard it can be to provide healthy food for our kids, especially once they know the joys of fast food!  That is why I am so excited to be a part of a special event brought to you by the Sustainable Living Blogger Community, bringing together healthy, kid-friendly alternatives to fast food!   My contribution is healthy homemade french fries.  You can find links to all of the participating blogs and more about the Sustainable Living Blogger Community at the end of this post.  You won’t want to miss it!   A big thank you to Anna of Kids’ Play Space for organizing this event!

Healthy Homemade French Fries - Alldonemonkey.com

When Anna of Kids’ Play Space  suggested this collaborative project, I knew right away what I wanted to contribute.  Monkey loves oven potatoes, so I thought I would tweak the recipe to make them more like french fries.  The result – fabulous!  This recipe is so super-easy, and my picky eater loved them, so hopefully yours will, too!

What you will need:

1 or 2 potatoes (Russet will give the best flavor, but Yukon will also work well)

Olive oil

Seasonings (I use salt and garlic powder)

Healthy Homemade French Fries - Alldonemonkey.com

Instructions:

Chop the potatoes to matchstick size.  Toss with olive oil and seasonings.

Spread in an even layer on a foil-lined pan and cook on 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  (To save energy, I use our toaster oven.  Cooking times will vary depending on your oven).

(For a crispier bottom to the fries, try preheating your pan!)

Healthy Homemade French Fries - Alldonemonkey.com

That’s it!  Just serve and enjoy!

 

Sustainable Living Blogger Community

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs to find more ideas for healthy, kid-friendly alternatives to fast food!  For more from the Sustainable Living Blogger Community visit our Google Plus Community or our member directory.

Anna from Kids’ Play Space gets kids involved in cooking Healthy Homemade Takeaway Chicken

Jo from Down to Earth Mother says there is a time and place for McDonald’s, but it’s not childhood. See her tips on the best fast food for kids, plus an attempt at a Homemade Happy Meal.

Bekka over at Just for Daisy  shares a healthy smoothie/ice cream option.

And for a DIY Soft Serve Ice cream, head on over to Julie at Ladybug’s Spots!

Finally, if it’s a healthy snack you’re after, Kara at ALLterNATIVE learning has some Healthy Holiday Snacks – Dehydrated Fruit!

 

  10 Responses to “Healthy Homemade French Fries”

  1. Thanks for sharing 🙂 We love homemade fries in the oven! I put onion & garlic powder as well as oregano and parsley, SO good!

  2. Yummy! The best fries I had so far were oven roasted with rosemary.

  3. I love making healthy fries, or ‘chips’ as we call them on this side of the pond 🙂 Some heavily processed fries hardly even taste of potatoes, so I love the freshness of the healthier version that you’ve posted. I’ve sometimes seasoned the fries with paprika and it’s quite tasty. The suggestion above about using rosemary sounds really good too.

  4. We too make our own oven fries and add turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and sea salt.
    But I would also just like to comment on the temp you are baking them at. Heating olive oil to 450 is quite dangerous so I would suggest dropping the temp to no more than 320 and baking them for 35-45 mins. Yellow or orange sweet potatoes are very yummy too!

  5. We are chip fans here too and love homemade ones the most. I’ve never tried them in the oven like this, will have to try it out 🙂

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