Disguise Your Fries! 2 Recipes for Kids

It seems from the time they are two, the kids seem to have a radar that anything that's good for them is on the "refuse to eat" list. Try these two ways to get some nutrition into their little bods, and they'll have fun, too! Give them something to dip 'em in if they want. Scroll down to find out where fries came from, too (hint: not from France)!

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1. ROASTED SWEET POTATO FRIES - Serves 4

Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, and one of the best foods you can eat. Here's a super easy way to get the kids to eat them and they still retain all the good stuff that's sometimes lost in the frying process.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees f. Cut 2 large sweet potatoes into ½ inch by 1 inch sticks. Toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil, and spread in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden – turn once after 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

A Little Tidbit..

You CAN get your toddler or preschooler to eat the things they need to. I just tell my kids "we are eating orange french fries" or "green french fries" tonight and they are running to the table.

Just tonight as I was preparing the photo for the hub, I served them a few of the fries from the fast food giant we all know, hate and love simultaneously, alongside their chicken for dinner. I kid you not, my 3-1/2 year old picked them over, turned his nose up and said, "but mommy, I wanted SWEET potato fries!" I realize this is the exception rather than the rule - but he was just asking for what he is accustomed to.

Here's another family favorite:

2. ZUCCHINI FRIES - Serves 4

  • 4 medium zucchini, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed once with a heavy knife
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (not extra-virgin)
  • ¼ cup. Flour

Cut the zucchini in half crosswise, then cut each half lengthwise into 1/8 – inch wide slices. Cut the 1/8 inch slices into 1/8 inch strips. Toss with salt in a large colander, and set to drain over the sink for about 25 minutes (This takes the water out of the zucchini so they can be fried without splattering). Squeeze handfuls of the zucchini out with paper towels to remove the excess moisture.

Cook garlic pieces in oil in a deep, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. After the garlic pieces are golden, fish them out with a slotted spoon. While the garlic is cooking, toss the zucchini in a large resealable plastic bag with the flour to coat. Cook in two batches in the oil, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer zucchini to paper towels to drain. You don’t need to salt them since they were salted before cooking. Serve hot.

French Fries not French? Sacre Bleu!

To my native French husband's chagrin, the French cannot take credit for the origin of French Fries any more than the Americans (I often tease him that the French like to take credit for all food on the planet). But the original recipe comes from the Belgians, where fries are cherished even more than they are anywhere else. Often they are thick slabs of potatoes are freshly fried and served in paper cones, and served with a variety of toppings, the most popular being mayonnaise. But the Belgians actually even have shops, called, in Belgium "frietkots" or "fritures", dedicated to this treat.

In fact, the Americans are the only ones who refer to fries as "French". One can only suppose that it is because the French were one of the first to discover it and a bordering neighbor. It is interesting to note, however, that the French call fries "pommes frites", which translates literally to "fried apples", not a potato at all.

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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

mrs know it all - great idea and excellent hub! By the way, I visited your site and really enjoyed it - thanks for sharing! =)


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mrs know it all 8 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs Author

Thanks Blogger Mom, hope other moms will find some solace in it! We're all in that crazy place together, yet someday we'll be missing it. ;)


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

Don't you just love what you can do in an oven with olive oil? I have never tried the sweet potatoes this way,but you can bet I will soon.


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mrs know it all 8 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs Author

Thanks, CS, if you like that one stay tuned as I'll be doing more recipes. I concur - Olive oil + (insert food) = yum!


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Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

These sound yummy! I'll have to try them out on my kids. :)


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

The picture at the top makes me want to order fries just to dress them up :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Very nice hub. I like the alternative vegetables!


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mrs know it all 8 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs Author

glassvisage, you're comment made me smile :) admittedly, I had a good time photgraphing the fries (but don't tell anyone).


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mrs know it all 8 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs Author

Patty, I feel honored to have received a visit from a 100 score hubber! I've never "met" one. Thanks for stopping by.


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The Indexer 8 years ago from UK

I was under the impression that fried food was bad for you - or have I missed the point here? To us Brits, what you are talking about here are chips, for which the usual accompaniment is fried fish. Nipping over to the local chippy for a weekly treat of fish and chips is one of the highlights of the week!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I don't think we need to eliminate fried foods entirely, but we should eat a lot of other healthier foods as well.

Cheers!


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

I've been told that pizza isn't italian either. Supposedly it's originally Chinese, but I haven't researched it.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Noodles are Chinese (e.g. spaghetti). My Italian friends say that white pizza is Italian, but tomato sauce was added by Americans in New York.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Oh see, I heard that the pizza was Chinese and that tomato sauce was added by the Italians...I wonder...


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mrs know it all 8 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs Author

My you all have been busy in my absence! LOL

1st: Indexer, good comment - A couple of things to point out. The first recipe does not involve frying, the vegetables are roasted and of course will retain more nutrients in the process, you are correct. However it is important to distinguish that there are "good" fats and "bad" fats, and olive oil, which is the frying agent used in Recipe #2, is one of the "good" fats. While ideally we don't want to encourage deep frying, this is a worthy compromise and still worlds healthier for our children to be offered in place of the fast-food fries they will want to eat.

for good information about the benefits of olive oil, click this link:

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/BHCV2/bhcarticl...

Patty & Wedding Singer - I've also heard that pizza is Italian first but that the tomato sauce was the idea of the Italian Americans - my Euro husband (French) says that Italian pizza is never served with tomato sauce - only versions of fresh tomatoes and sometimes no tomatoes at all. I'm off to find out the truth (as if I have nothing better to do with my time). ha PS - how on earth did we get from fries to pizza?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

The sweet potato fries are good but I don't know about the zucchini fries.

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