We decided long ago that French fries were too good to be excluded from our diets. So we got really good at making delicious baked fries out of any veggie we could get our hands on! Here's a roundup of our very best...
Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries
1/2 of recipe: 125 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 158mg sodium, 33g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints
Among our all-time favorite recipes, these butternut fries
taste exactly like sweet potato fries... yet they have a fraction of the calories and carbs! Plus, butternut squash has 0 SmartPoints
, something sweet potatoes can't claim. Intimidated by the big orange gourd? The trick is to soften it in the microwave before you slice into it.
Garlic-Parm Sweet Faux-tato Fries
1/2 of recipe: 198 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 352mg sodium, 38g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 5.5g protein -- SmartPoints
Ready to take those b-nut fries to the next level? The natural sweetness of the squash pairs so well with the savory Parmesan cheese in this magical recipe
. And it's hard to go wrong with garlicky fries, right? Right.
Totally Turnip Fries
1/2 of recipe: 96 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 373mg sodium, 22g carbs, 6g fiber, 13g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints
Prefer the taste of regular potato fries over sweet ones? Enter turnips! If you're unfamiliar with the root veggie, don't be scared. It's totally yummy, especially when baked into fries
and dipped in ketchup. Not quite ready to go full turnip? Keep reading...
Baked Potato 'n Turnip Fries
1/2 of recipe: 182 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 122mg sodium, 41.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 5g protein -- SmartPoints
After that last recipe, we suppose these tasty spears
could be referred to as Not-Totally Turnip Fries. If you're craving real potato fries, this is our top recommendation -- go 50/50 with that turnip! You get a nice large serving size with a reasonable calorie count... That's our kind of recipe.
Bacon 'n Cheese Turnip Fries
1/2 of recipe: 243 calories, 9.5g total fat (4.5g sat fat), 775mg sodium, 24g carbs, 6g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 14.5g protein -- SmartPoints
Because even humans with iron-clad willpower crave bacon and cheese now and then. These loaded turnip fries
are the way to go. Real bacon, gooey cheese sauce... And under 250 calories! Go ahead; you've earned it.
Grin 'n Carrot Fries
1/2 of recipe: 116 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 428mg sodium, 27g carbs, 8g fiber, 13g sugars, 2.5g protein -- SmartPoints
Don't feel like breaking down a whole dang butternut squash? This is another terrific option
in the sweet-potato-fries-swap category. If you want to make it even easier, you could use pre-cut carrot sticks. These things are addictive in the best possible way.
Crispy Eggplant Fries
1/4th of recipe (about 12 pieces): 80 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 340mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 4g protein -- SmartPoints
Some vegetables don't crisp up when baked, but that doesn't mean we can't use 'em to make veggie fries! Coating sticks of eggplant with whole-wheat panko results in a crunchy outside and soft inside; it's like the lovechild
of French fries and eggplant Parmesan.
Crispy Zucchini Fries
1/2 of recipe (about 20 fries): 114 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 359mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 6.5g protein -- SmartPoints
Another tasty veggie gets the crunchy panko treatment! We're crazy about zucchini, and this is just one more delicious way to enjoy it
. Fried zucchini appetizers, step aside. BTW, if you can't find whole-wheat panko, go for standard panko breadcrumbs -- those just have a little less fiber.
Entire recipe: 167 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 236mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 18g sugars, 6g protein -- SmartPoints
Yup, we French-fried an apple! Slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon, these things
are perfect any time of day. That bit of maple extract in the egg bath makes 'em extra special. Try these ASAP.
Pizza-mazing French Fries
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 -- SmartPoints
Last but not least, pizza fries
. Not only are these topped like a pizza, they're also made from real potatoes. Part-skim mozzarella, turkey pepperoni, and a DIY sauce keep the stats light. Pizza lovers have got
to try this one...
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