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Vegetables and Side Dishes: Spicy Grilled French Fries

Just because you're trying to be healthy and reduce your intake of artery-clogging saturated fats doesn't mean that French fries are banished from your life. Grilling French fries instead of frying them in oil provides an alternative cooking method to fit French fries into a healthy eating plan. In addition, adding different spices to potatoes enhances flavor so you won't even miss the taste of "real" French fries.


2 large Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled and washed
1 1/2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste


Bring a pot of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the potatoes and cook until almost tender but still a little firm. Drain and cut the potatoes lengthwise into quarters. Toss the potatoes with the oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat a grill rack 6 inches from the heat source. Coat a vegetable basket with cooking spray and place the potatoes in the basket. Cook for about 3 minutes per side until crusty and brown. Alternatively, carefully place the potatoes across the rack (to prevent them from falling through) and turn each piece carefully with long-handled tongs, about 3 minutes per side until crusty and brown.

Serves: 4

Exchanges or food group servings: 1 STARCH, 1 FAT

Nutrients per serving: CALS 121; PROTEIN 1.7g; CARBS 17g; FIBER 1.5g; TOT FAT 5.3g; SAT FAT 0.7g; SODIUM 11mg

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