LIGHT STYLE : Cheater’s Fries

<i> This column is based on the newly revised "Light Style: The Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, Low Salt Way to Good Food and Good Health," by Dosti and Kidushim-Allen, a registered dietitian (HarperSanFrancisco: $14.95)</i>

Just think how many calories--and how much fat--you can save by oven-frying potatoes instead of deep-frying them. Cooked in the oven, a half potato contains 83 calories, and only 27 of the calories from fat, compared with 220 calories and 108 calories from fat in French fries.

Here’s another trick: You’ll preserve nutrients and increase fiber if you don’t peel the potatoes.


3 medium potatoes, unpeeled


2 tablespoons low-calorie margarine, melted

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil


Cut potatoes lengthwise into strips about 4x1/2x1/4 inches. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle margarine and olive oil over potatoes and toss to coat well. Season to taste with paprika. Bake at 450 degrees 30 to 40 minutes, tossing several times during baking. Drain on paper towels. Makes 6 servings.


Each serving (1/2 potato) contains about:

83 calories; 55 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 3 grams fat; 21 grams carbohydrate; trace protein; 1 gram fiber; 25% calories from fat.

Exchanges: 12 bread; 1/2 fat.