Recipe: A Side of Fries, Please!
LOVE french fries. Even moms of picky eaters will confess that their little
one(s) will eat french fries and they allow it (and may even encourage it) because,
"At least they are eating!"
Here is my
theory on why french fries and picky eaters get along so well:
French fries are small and easy
to hold - perfect for little hands!
French fries are very
sensory-friendly - not slimy, wet or slippery!
French fries are salty - adding an enticing kick
that keeps kids coming back for more!
loves french fries, which I discovered about a year ago when we were out at a
restaurant and I decided to let her taste one. During that time, she was in a
very picky phase and when I saw her eyes widen with delight when she took her
first bite, I just knew I needed to get creative in the kitchen!
Here is the HEALTHY, very quick
and very easy homemade french fry recipe I created that has become a year-round
favorite at our house!
- Baking potatoes
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Clean and cut your potatoes into french
fry shapes, leaving the skin on.
- Place all the cut, uncooked fries into a
bowl and coat with extra virgin olive oil, mixing thoroughly.
- Season with sea salt and pepper.
- Spread out evenly on an olive oil-greased
baking sheet and cook for approximately 20 minutes total.
- Make sure you flip the fries once or
twice so that they cook and get crispy evenly.
For a change in flavor, try seasoning with garlic power and/or old bay seasoning.
Have your picky eater help you mix the cut fries in the olive oil, line the
fries up on the baking tray and shake on the sea salt and pepper! These are
easy and safe ways to get picky eaters involved in the kitchen!
Tips: Many children love to dip their foods, which is also a wonderful way to
expand their acceptance of a variety of foods. If you are serving french fries,
why not try some of the obvious dips, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, honey
mustard and/or BBQ sauce as a way to broaden their taste buds!
Join me next
Friday for a sweet potato fry recipe that will knock your picky eaters' socks