French Fry Super Food?

We all love fries. Those of us who are parents know that our children would happily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If their meal happens to come with fries, you can pretty much forget about them eating anything but. And it’s not just kids – I recently went to a restaurant where mussels were served with all-you-can-eat fries. I took it literally. Of course afterwards, I felt completely stuffed and a bit ridiculous.

I knew there had to be a better way. But, eating healthy is not about restrictions, it’s about enjoying real food. It’s about finding new ways to eat the things that you love, and opening up yourself to finding new foods to love. If I could find a better way to make a french fry, then I could happily eat my favorite carby veg, and still feel great afterwards.

In my quest to produce a healthy french fry, I have produced batches of dry, burnt and floppy fries…

Well, I’m happy to say that I have finally conquered the oven-baked fry. These are crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside – a success! But, I didn’t stop there – I topped it off and made them super! I proudly introduce:

Kale & Nutritional Yeast Oven Baked Fries

(does that sound appetizing at all? They are delicious, I promise!)

Read on for the recipe…

If you haven’t tried Nutritional Yeast, it’s a de-activated yeast, packed with nutrients and with a very distinct cheesy flavor. In vegan cooking, it’s used to make cheese sauces and today I’m using it to make “cheesy” fries…

The addition of baked kale chips comes from a complete awe of how such a delicious thing can be so good for you! I’m really just trying to find a million new ways to use it! Check out the recipe for how to make it.

Let’s get cooking!

1. First make the kale chips (follow this recipe). They will need 20 minutes in the oven, so while it cooks, you can do a little dance as you slowly work on the potato.

2. Wash your potatoes well, and slice them in strips 1cm by 1cm.

3. Blanch them in boiling water for 3 minutes.

4. Drain them well and pat them dry.

5. By now your kale is done. Take it out of the oven and crank up the temperature to 220 degrees celsius (425 fahrenheit) for the potato to go in.

6. Cover the potato lightly with oil and lay them flat on a baking tray.

7. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, turning now and then.

8. Take them out, sprinkle with sea salt, crushed up kale chips and “cheesy” nutrional yeast!

 Make a small serving, enjoy them fresh out of the oven and feel good about your food!

  • You can find nutritional yeast in Brown Rice Paradise.
  • I get asked a lot about where to find kale. I often find it at Cold Storage or Jason’s, sold in the organic fresh produce section – it’s imported by Zenxin, they can deliver to your home as well!

happy eating!

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