Special Diet - Created Date : 16.11.2019

The happiest french fries around! This baked 3-ingredient recipe for P...

The happiest french fries around! This baked 3-ingredient recipe for P...

The happiest french fries around! This baked 3-ingredient recipe for Potato Smiley Face Fries is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, and requires no oil! Nostalgic for adults, fun & creative for kids and picky eaters; a delicious healthy side dish the whole family can enjoy!

If you didn’t grow up eating your fair share of some potato smiley face fries, I’m sorry to break it to you but, you lived a childhood of deprivation. Here at Strength and Sunshine we love our potatoes in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Traditionally, such a humble food, but one with endless possibilities. The Irish were on to something when they based their livelihood off the humble potato!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never met a child who didn’t like french fries, nor have I met a child who didn’t like friendlyfaces on their food! Tater tots are a fun one too, but there is something about a classic fry that always wins them over. When fries are baked, oil-free, and purely potato, that’s something mom can get behind too, eh? Plus, you know what they say, “A potato a day….”

These potato smiley face fries are only 3 ingredients (plus water and optional seasonings!). At first glance, they may seem labor intensive, but let me tell you, they are easy peasy! Perfectly gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, vegan, allergy-free, easy on the tummy…much more food allergy friendly than the brand name (that soy oil)! Essentially, plain mashed potatoes circles (with faces) and baked to perfection!

The smiley face fries were a staple at home when I was growing up. And any time they were served at a restaurant (I think schools even had them on school lunch menus), the smiles weren’t only on the potato faces! There was something “different” about the taste of these happy potato fries too. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside (I remember biting off a section and then squeezing the mashed potato out of the opening!). There was a distinct taste to them though; nothing a typical fry ever had.

With that “eating style” being said, you know we couldn’t forget some major ketchup dipping! A plate of potato smiley face fries and a pool of ketchup (don’t worry, these were eaten with WAY more ketchup post-shoot), is simply a child (or child at hearts) side dish paradise! Once you take a bite though, with the ketchup, it can look a tad violent. Bloody smiley faces? Ooops…

I had/have a bite shot photo, but didn’t include the violence (this post is already too photo heavy!). Alas, we’ll keep our smiley faces PG here! So how do you make these happy potato faces? Y’all just need some potato flakes, commercial egg-replacer, and a touch of potato starch! Mix it up with hot water, throw in some spices if you’d like, roll out the dough, cut circles (I used the rim of a small glass!), make those smiling faces, and bake!

The happiest french fries around! This baked 3-ingredient recipe for Potato Smiley Face Fries is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, and requires no oil! Nostalgic for adults, fun & creative for kids and picky eaters; a delicious healthy side dish the whole family can enjoy!


Did you make this recipe?

I know! Childhood reimagined! I already know what you’ll be making tonight! I’ve made these multiple times and am prone to be batches so I can freeze them and serve as needed. So it’s basically like how you’d buy them at the store (frozen) and then heat in the oven to serve! So now when the kiddos ask for fries, you know you can serve up something HAPPY and healthy ?? Or, you know…just make them for yourself like I do…no shame in eating foods with happy faces!

So tell me:

+ What’s your favorite fry shape? I love the smiles, but waffle fries will all reign #1 in french fry world.

Oh my gosh, I haven’t thought of smiley face fries in literally 20 years and JUST saw them in the grocery store an hour ago. I was reminiscing big time and now I see this awesome homemade version. I love it!

I definitely never had smiley potatoes when I was a child… because there were no special children’s foods in those days. Kids were expected to eat what adults ate! My granddad grew most of our veggies, so I wasn’t deprived in any way, especially as my gran’s chips (fries to all those across the pond) were the best ever. Probably because she fried them in lard! Ha ha ha!

This is so cute. I am making a smiley themed party and never thought of making these potato treats. I am so happy to see this. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I know this is going to be a big hit.

The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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