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I love a good burger and fries, but lets face it, it is usually a fat & calorie packed meal. Last night I needed a fix, so I decided to put a healthy spin on an American classic. We had turkey burgers on whole wheat buns with lots of good toppings and oven-baked curly fries. These curly fries were well seasoned and had a nice little spice to them. It was a very satisfying, delicious meal.

For the turkey burgers, I used Jenny-O turkey patties and seasoned them with my home-made barbecue rub. I always keep some of this rub on hand for just such a night. It was rainy where we live, so instead of barbecuing our burgers I cooked them in my grill pan on the stove top. They still tasted great! For toppings we had tomato slices, onion slices, dill pickle slices, avocado slices, crispy bacon, mayo, Ketchup, mustard. Get creative and top your burger they way you please!

The seasoning for my fries was inspired by another blogger. I did add some salt though and decided to use my spiralizer and make curly fries rather than wedges, as they did.

Oven-baked Curly Fries

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

3 large russet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients. To make curly fries, use a spiralizer to cut potatoes. Cut potato spirals into small manageable sizes as they can be rather long. I chose to leave the skin on. You can also cut your potatoes into wedges. You may need to increase cooking times for larger cuts. In a large bowl, drizzle cut potatoes with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle seasoning mix over fries and toss to coat. You may not need to use all of your mix. It just depends how seasoned you like your fries.

Spread potatoes on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 30 minutes. For crispier fries, turn oven up to 500 degrees and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Tip: I cut my potatoes into a bowl containing water to prevent potatoes from turning brown.

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