4 French Fry Alternatives That Taste Just As Good
by Cheryl S. Grant
Who has ever met a French fry they didn't like? Whether it's stringy, curly, or in the shape of a waffle — it's hard to go wrong with this savory snack. Thankfully, enjoying a side of fries doesn'thave to be a guilt-ridden and greasy experience.
There are great French fry alternatives out there! If you're looking to spice things up with a little variety, try one of these four healthy (but still delicious) French fry alternatives.
1. Baked Spud Fries
Craving some potato? You don't have to do much to make a typical French fry lighter and better for you. Simply bake them in the oven! Slice a potato into wedges and coat them with smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Then spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake (uncovered) in a 450-degree oven for about 45 minutes.
Using a pair of tongs, flip the fries frequently throughout the cooking process. These babies are sure to please! And best of all, you don't have to miss out on your favorite starch. If you enjoy this recipe, try it out with sweet potatoes, too.
2. Carrot Fries
Don't want to lose that French fry crunch? Carrot fries are a great substitute and offer a healthy dose of vitamin A. To make some, chop a few large carrot sticks into smaller pieces that resemble regular French fries. After rinsing and patting them dry, toss your carrot sticks with some salt, black pepper, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Spread them out on a cookie sheet that has been coated with cooking spray, set the oven to 400 degrees, and bake them for about 25 minutes.
For best results, flip twice during the cooking process. Serve plain or add a little cayenne and a dollop of mayonnaise to your ketchup for a fun twist.
3. Zucchini Fries
Zucchini fries may not seem like the obvious choice — but these are tasty as can be! And healthy to boot. To make them, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet. Slice two washed and dried zucchinis into three-inch strips and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together two egg whites. In a separate bowl, mix together a little cayenne pepper with a half-cup combination of Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Dip the zucchini wedges into the egg whites, and then press them into the panko mixture to coat. Place them on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
4. Avocado Fries
Did you know that you can make fries with your favorite guacamole ingredient? It's true. Simply peel and slice an avocado and then dip the pieces into seasoned Italian breadcrumbs. Make sure the crumbs stick by applying pressure.
Then all you have to do is place the slices on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. To finish, squeeze fresh lime juice over them and serve with salsa.
It's important to occasionally reward yourself for all the hard work you put in at the gym. These recipes can help you find that balance by treating yourself to a savory snack, but not losing sight of your fitness goals. Bon appétit!