Hungry Girl: When French Fries Met Pizza

Made with baked fries, turkey pepperoni and part-skim cheese, these loaded fries come in at less than 275 calories.


Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of thirteen books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

It’s not a stretch to say that pizza and French fries are two of the most popular foods in America. But while conventional versions are usually high in calories and fat, this recipe mashup lets you indulge for less than 275 calories. Made with baked fries, turkey pepperoni and part-skim cheese, these loaded fries are amazing!

Pizza-mazing French Fries
Serves 1

¼ cup canned crushed tomatoes
¼ tsp. garlic powder, or more to taste
⅛ tsp. onion powder, or more to taste
⅛ tsp. Italian seasoning, or more to taste
6 oz. (about half a medium) russet potato, scrubbed clean, cut into fry-shaped spears
¼ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
6 pieces turkey pepperoni (optional: roughly chopped)
Optional seasoning: salt

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
2. To make the sauce, in a small bowl, stir garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning into crushed tomatoes.
3. Lay potato spears on the sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Flip spears. Bake until tender on the inside and browned and crispy on the outside, 8 – 10 minutes.
4. Group fries together in the center of the baking sheet. Evenly top with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Bake until sauce and pepperoni are hot and cheese has melted, about 3 minutes.

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Nutritional Information: Entire recipe: 264 calories, 6.5g total fat (4g sat fat), 544mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 15.5g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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