Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oven Baked Potatoes with Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Garlic

So often, people label potatoes as a "bad" food in their mind.  Maybe its because most of the time they are served fried (potato chips or french fries) or with high fat condiments (butter, cheese, sour cream, heavy cream...the list goes on.) The truth is, the potato is a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and carbohydrates.  A small potato is only about 100 calories and is great portion control when compared to pasta or rice.  That being said, you have to be mindful when you dress your potato, to make sure you don't load it up with high calorie toppings!

The next time you are craving french fries, don't stop by the local fast food joint... fire up your oven and give it 30 minutes and you will have crispy, oven baked fries that are good for you!  Swapping the butter for olive oil provides heart healthy oils.  And the herbs don't provide extra calories or sodium so load them up when seasoning!

Oven Baked Potatoes with Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Garlic
Serves 4

3-4 small potatoes, sliced into thin strips
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees.  Place a piece of tin foil over a baking sheet.  Place a layer of potatoes on top of the tin foil.  Drizzle the olive oil over the top and season with herbs, salt and pepper.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden crispy.  Serve immediately alone, with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, or with a side of ketchup!

Nutrition facts: 145 calories, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 6.8 g fat (4.9 monounsaturated), 3.5 g fiber,

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