Friday, April 13, 2012

Skinny Texas Cheese Fries

Cheese and fries are more than likely two of the larger reasons why I can't ever seem to lose a significant amount of weight. I can't help it, I love them both equally, but I really, really love them even more together.

How can you not love that delicious combination of crispy fries, melted cheese and seasonings? It's like heaven on a plate until you look at the nutritional information and realize that typically, one plate of heaven is around the number of calories you should consume in a day, not in a meal.

So when I found this healthier version of cheese fries, I knew I needed to try them out and see just how closely they compared to the full fat ones.

Skinny Texas Cheese Fries
Source: Skinny Taste
Servings: 3-4
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Ingredients:
    • 2 large potatoes, scrubbed
    • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. paprika
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • pinch of cayenne
    • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    • 1 tbs. canned/jarred jalapeno, diced
    • 2 tbs. green onions, sliced
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Cut the potatoes into 1/4" fries and place in a large bowl.
3. Add the olive oil and seasonings to the bowl and toss fries to coat. Spread out in a single layer on the foil-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until just lightly crisp. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the fries and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
5. Serve the fries garnished with the crumbled bacon, diced jalapeno and green onions.

You know how with some recipes that have been adjusted to be healthier, you can immediately tell that there is something missing from the recipe? Mainly some type of fat or greasiness that ties it all in together. Well, this is absolutely not the case with this recipe.

If you only ate these fries without ever seeing a recipe, I can confidently said that you'd have absolutely no idea that these were a healthier modification. I could easily eat these fries for just about every meal for the next week and still not be sick of them. They're that good! 

3 comments:

  1. Yummy! I sent an award to you on my blog!

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  2. Oh goodness! I could go for a plate of this right now. YUM!

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  3. I'm such a sucker for cheese fries, they're my weakness, among many things. :) So good!

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