I could not post a picture of those delicious homemade French fries in my recent Saturated Fat Article without sharing the recipe, as well! The link to this article on Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fats is provided if you’re at all interested in learning about a rarely discussed facet of fat…the healthy facet.
Not only are these French Fries healthy for you, they’re loaded with healthy fats that your body will thank you for. There is no reason to feel guilty after eating these babies if you follow the recipe below. The key to a healthy fried potato lies solely in the cooking oil you choose to use. Skip those yucky hydrogenated oils such as vegetable, palm, soybean, etc. and go with a healthier, saturated option like coconut oil instead.
I LOVE coconut oil, it should be known as the superhero oil because it can be used for practically anything across a diverse list of fields and it offers so many benefits for the human body. For example, I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer in place of a synthetically-derived product filled with petroleum, soy, and who knows what else! It makes an effective hair mask for dry, damaged hair. I also add coconut oil to my Ginger-Honey Tea that I drink every morning as well as my green smoothie in the afternoon. And that’s just the beginning of my list! Basically, it is an irreplaceable item in my daily routine.
We all want to be healthy, no one enjoys being sick! But we don’t always realize that the path toward a healthy and balanced human body does not begin at the gym, it begins within.
Your brain is composed of 60% fat. When the proper amount of fat is not being delivered to the brain, it becomes prone to all kinds of health issues! There are many protective layers within your brain, two of which are essential in maintaining strong, healthy brain function. They are known as the Myelin Sheath and the Blood-Brain Barrier. Each has a different function, of course, but they are equally important and equally prone to degradation when frequently exposed to toxins. Unfortunately, fighting against daily exposure to these toxins is much more difficult than it sounds because we are constantly absorbing toxins into our bodies from an array of sources. The environment, our lifestyle choices, the lifestyle choices of others, and pollutants (naturally-occurring and synthetic) are only a few examples of the very real dangers threatening every human being’s ability to maintain superior health.
This is where we come in…we need to strive to eat foods free of synthetic and chemical ingredients so that we fight against those unwelcome toxins instead of adding more. Why not begin this fight with a batch of French Fries?? I don’t wish to force your hand with this, but when it comes to making changes to your diet does it get better than French fries as your first step?? Not in my opinion!
Coconut Oil can be purchased in both flavored and unflavored forms. I highly recommend using an unflavored coconut oil for this recipe! Coconuts and potatoes just don’t mix very well (go figure!). I prefer the Tropical Traditions brand of coconut oil because it is a good quality, raw, and organic product as it always should be, but frequently isn’t when sold by other companies. We do not want any pesticides sneaking in by using a “natural,” but not organic product. Food corporations are too good at confusing us consumers by getting wordy with their product labels. Just in case you are in need of a good coconut oil brand, I provided a link to the product I use above.
- 4-6 Medium Potatoes, sliced
- 4 cups Coconut Oil
- Sea Salt, for topping
- Heavy Duty Frying Pan, 12 inches
- French Fry Cutter/Vegetable Slicer
- Place four cups of coconut oil into the frying pan. Heat over medium low heat for about 7-10 minutes (approximately). The best way to test whether or not the oil is ready is to place a single uncooked french fry into the oil. If the oil surrounding the french fry bubbles then your oil is definitely ready. Be careful not to overheat oil because this will make it prone to splattering (and you do NOT want that!).
- You will want to split the whole amount of sliced raw potatoes in half and fry each half in its own smaller batch. In this way, you will allow the fries to cook up properly to a nice golden brown color.
- After about 8 minutes of cooking, use a spatula to separate any potatoes that may be stuck together or flip those that appear to need a little extra heat on the upward facing side.
- The total cook time for these french fries will be around 15-20 minutes in total. However, every stovetop is different, there I recommend keeping a close eye on your fries if it is your first time making them. Once again, you only want to cook until golden brown.
***Side Note: These French Fries are an excellent side dish with hamburgers.
Recipe for Sweet Potato Fries cooked in coconut oil for those of you who prefer this style of fry!
~ Bon appétit! ~
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1. Blood Brain Barrier:
2. Myelin Sheath: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/function-b12-production-myelin-8022.html