5 Low-Fat Ways to Cook Potatoes
You can indulge in your passion for French fries without risking your health and putting on weight. You needn’t deep-fry them in oil or lard. Keep reading to find out how to prepare your favourite side dish with fewer calories.
1. Make Your Own Chips
To make your own oven chips, start by preheating your over to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Cook potatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, dry and cut into thick chips. Brush a non-stick baking tray with a little oil. Toss chips in beaten egg white of 1 egg. Shake off the excess and spread the chips out on a tray. Bake for 35 minutes, turning halfway through.
2. Make Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Instead of butter, mash your potatoes with skimmed milk or low-fat spread. This will still give your potatoes the fluffy texture you love, minus the extra calories.
3. Try Boiled Potatoes
For low-fat roast potatoes, parboil them. Heat your oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Coat the potatoes in the oil, then place on a baking tray and roast for 50 – 55 minutes, until crispy.
4. Add Flavour Without the Fat
Serve jacket potatoes with low-fat natural yoghurt or add lemon juice and black pepper for flavour rather than oils or butter.
5. Ditch the High Fat Cream
Make boulangère potatoes with stock instead of cream and cheese. Thinly slice potatoes and an onion. Soak the slices in cold water for 15 minutes. Heat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Drain and dry potatoes and onions. Layer with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg in a shallow ovenproof dish. Pour 600 ml of vegetable stock mixed with a crushed clove of garlic over the potatoes. Dot with low-fat spread and bake in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.