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Jun 11, 2008

Kids'll Love 'Em!!

Baked Idaho Pommes Frites

The Idaho Potato Commission sent me a recipe they think will get kids involved in summertime cooking. I don’t know about that, but the recipe’s pretty nifty and kids and adults alike are going to scarf these things right down: Baked Idaho Pommes Frites and Simple Dipping Sauces.
Yeah, you got it: french fries. But they taste so good your kids may not even suspect that these particular frites are heart-healthy and nutritious. Here goes:

Baked Idaho Pommes Frites (Serves 4)

  • 4 large Idaho Potatoes, well scrubbed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Cut each potato into eight lengthwise wedges. Place potatoes in an ungreased baking pan. Spray potatoes evenly with cooking spray.
  3. Bake 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from the oven, turn them over using a spatula, and return the potatoes to the oven to bake an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Season with salt and serve hot.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 278 calories, 1 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 6 g protein, 64 g carbohydrates (does not include optional ingredients).

Tex-Mex Ketchup

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until evenly blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 34 calories, 0 mg cholesterol, 366 mg sodium, 0.5 g protein, 0 g fat, 9 g carbohydrates

Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Topping

  • 3/4 cup light ranch salad dressing
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (use green part only in this recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons 2% Sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons packaged 50% reduced-fat real bacon pieces
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until evenly blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 75 calories, 12 mg cholesterol, 285 mg sodium, 1.5 g protein, 6 g fat, 4 g carbohydrates

Easy Microwave Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Combine the milk and cream cheese in a small microwave-safe bowl with handles. Heat on high for 1 minute, 30 seconds. Use a whisk and stir until smooth.
  2. Heat another 30 seconds on high, then whisk again.
  3. Add grated cheeses and stir constantly until smooth. If necessary, heat at 10-second intervals, stirring in-between, until an even consistency is achieved. Serve immediately.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 76 calories, 20 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 6 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates
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