Sunday, April 12, 2015

Little Changes -- Oven Fries

It's no secret that I've been unhappy with my figure for a while now. Problem is, I never developed healthy habits along the way because I didn't NEED to--I was effortlessly skinny, bad at (and hated) sports, could eat whatever, whenever, drink a ton and never gain a pound.

And now I'm reaching 30 and my metabolism is all, "see ya later!" And here I am, hating exercise and loving food and worrying I'll never get back to where I was.

The best thing, I keep telling myself, is to make little changes. A whole bunch of little changes eventually add up to a big change, right? Surely I'll get closer to my goals eventually...

So I set my alarm for 6am and hope I'll actually go to the gym, and I oven bake homemade french fries and indulge in sized-out portions when I have a craving for junk. It's not the best, but it's better, and we're taking small steps here.

The recipe here is all about the technique. Follow it carefully and crispy oven fries will be yours!

Oven Fries

  • 2 large potatoes, russet or baking potatoes preferred
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil (veg oil or canola works best, but coconut works and olive in a pinch)
  • salt
  • seasonings (I love herbs de provance)

-Slice potatoes into thick wedges and let soak in a bowl of water for at least 1 hour. This will bring out the starch and ensure a crispy fry.

-Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare a baking dish with a baking rack placed on top, oiled heavily.

-Pat potatoes dry, and toss lightly with oil. Toss in seasonings and salt.

-Arrange in a single layer on the baking rack. Bake for 40 minutes, turning the fries once halfway through.


  1. little changes DO make a difference! good luck girl :) this is my ideal way of making oven fries. i don't always have time for that 1 hr soak but when i do they're fabulous. the rest of the time i just cook them at a lower temp for most of the cooking time (like 375) and bump it up to 450 at the end.

  2. I love crispy fries, and not having to fry them is awesome. Pinned!

  3. Girl I understand! I hate exercise (never played sports) and love food. Little changes are exactly why I try to do too and I think it does help! These oven fries look like the perfect thing :)

  4. These fries look so delicious, take one day at a time and all the best.

  5. I've never met a potato I didn't love. And the crispier the better. :-)

  6. Such delicious looking fries, I love that their healthier. I understand where you're at, I really don't like to exercise either but you're smart to take it one day at a time.