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Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


I was talking to a dietitian/nutritionist last week and she asked me:

“How many vegetables do your kids eat?”

Ummmmm….

“One.”…ugh. I can’t believe it’s just one. Wait! Wait! There’s got to be more than one…

“Two!” I almost shouted at her {sigh of relief}.

My kids eat two legitimate veggies on a regular basis.

One is covered in chocolate, in this Chocolate Zucchini Bread that is my family mainstay…mostly because it has veggies in it, and in my book, that officially makes it good for you. And also because it is delicious. Plus zucchini…it is green so I give myself points for that one.

Second, to my great relief and also delayed response under pressure, my kids love my Homemade Potato-Fries. Or just Fries as we call them as we know they’re made with potato in this house.  I have tried sweet potato, but that led to distrust of all fries, so we are back to these baddies and to be honest, since they love them, we eat these a lot!

Now, I have two recipe versions of my Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries here for you.

My first version: It’s the grocery store packet, that shall not be named, but really any brand with the concept of “roasted potato” seasoning will do. Don’t food shame me, friends. This is my very real life and weeknight dinners call for speed! All I do is chop the potatoes:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on the seasoning:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Mix it up and place on a sprayed, rimmed, sheet pan:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

And bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes. Done.

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Here’s the second version: It’s the  the same process, but it requires an actual recipe for the seasoning, which follows:

Homemade Potato Seasoning:

2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano

To make the Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries with either seasoning mix, follow this process:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Yield: serves 4-6

This is a great and healthy way to enjoy potatoes as fries and is super kid-friendly!

Ingredients

  • Four large russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. seasoning (packet or homemade)
  • For Homemade Seasoning, mix the following
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

Instructions

  1. Slice the potatoes on the long side in the middle. One either side, slice into 3 slices. Divide in half and place flat side down on the cutting board. Slice 5 times the long way to get strips of potato.
  2. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and stir using your hands to get them totally covered in oil.
  3. Use 2 heaping TBSP. of mix (either packaged or homemade) and sprinkle over the potatoes. Stir until all are coated with the seasoning.
  4. Pour potatoes onto a sprayed, rimmed sheet pan, and make sure they are in one layer without overlap.
  5. Bake at 400* for 12 minutes on the lowest rack. Remove and flip them over to brown the other side. Bake another 12-15 minutes until browned and potatoes are cooked through. Serve.
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Enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes

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For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Grapefruit Salty Dog with Fizz #FoodieExtravaganza

grapefruit salty dog with fizzI know it’s mid-week and you probably aren’t thinking about tossing back any cocktails yet…or maybe you are! But I want to get you geared up for your weekend with this yummy cocktail! This is my favorite adult beverage- I am not sure if it’s the grapefruit or the salt or the fizz, but since I already love gin & tonics and I love grapefruit juice, this just makes my cocktail-day!

My sister in law was obsessed this past winter with grapefruit and vodka as her go-to drink. While I love that too, Vodka is just not my guy- if you love this drink, it is actually called a “Greyhound”- hence, when you switch it up and add salt and switch to gin, it’s a “Salty Dog.” Get it?

Isn’t that easy to remember? Now you have two fun drinks using grapefruit juice!

Here’s the formula:

I like to make it in a ratio of 1-part gin to 2-parts juice and a splash of seltzer if I am making them by the glass- but honestly…I make these by the pitcher for parties so I need to adapt it a bit so my guests aren’t dropping like flies on a barstool! Since I don’t want that, I change the ratio to more of a 1:3 ratio and add more seltzer since fizz is the best for party-cocktails, don’t you think?

Start with grapefuit juice and a salted rim:

grapefruit salty dog with fizz

Add the fizz and Gin:

Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail with Fizz

For 2 cocktails of Salty Dogs:

3 ounces of gin
6 ounces of grapefruit juice (fresh is best, but carton is okay)
grapefruit or another citrus flavored seltzer
kosher salt

To rim a glass in salt, wipe the edge with a grapefruit slice or water and then put top-down onto a plate with kosher salt sprinkled in it. Roll the glass until totally salty on the edges.

Fill each glass with ice.

Squeeze the grapefruit juice and add half to each glass. Split the gin into the two glasses.

Add the seltzer to top off the drinks. Stir gently and serve.

For a Pitcher of Salty Dogs:

8 ounces of gin
24 ounces of grapefruit juice
2 cans of seltzer

Mix the gin and juice in a pitcher and chill. Don’t add the seltzer yet.

Rim the glasses in salt just before your guests arrive and set them up on a tray.

Fill glasses with ice.

Add the seltzer to the pitcher. Stir.

Pour the cocktails and enjoy.

Grapefruit Salty Dog

But this is a #FoodieExtravaganza post! Aren’t there more recipes with gin? Yep! See? It’s not just me on a bender mid-week, there are others involved in this gin-theme!

See all the other gin-spiration for today’s Foodie Extravaganza:

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Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce #SundaySupper

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballsMy new favorite appetizer. Yep. This one is a winner.

Tzatziki is a sauce made from yogurt, garlic, lemon, cucumber and spices. It can get changed up by leaving out the cucumber, like for my Cheese & Sprout samis- yum! Or you can add lots of lemon and use it for a salad dressing. This version is a basic one that you can work with as a dip and go from there- I am a huge fan of Tzatziki sauce in all variations, so finding some way to have it as an appetizer just makes sense.Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Gyros are such an awesome sandwich that converts well to an appetizer. The chicken just makes the traditional gyro that much healthier, and I prefer the taste. Adding in feta keeps them soft and adds a lot of flavor. I hope you try this- I know it’s a repeater in my house!

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. dried dill
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1 small container full or 2% plain greek yogurt (8oz)
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Directions: Mix all in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 ounces crumbled feta
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 lb. of ground chicken

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients first. Add the egg, feta, onion and chicken and mix thoroughly until combined. Form into tiny meatballs, 1-inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. Serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and the Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs