Who doesn’t love French fries? They seem to be the ultimate comfort food but they don’t have to be a guilty pleasure any more. It is easy to make healthier fries at home that are full of vitamins. Try to stay clear of your local drive-through window and try to whip up a batch of one of the nutritious fries below that everyone in the family will enjoy.
1. Try Daikon Fries: Daikons are a mild-flavored winter radish that are from Southeast or East Asia but are grown in North America. They are low in calories and rich in vitamin C. When daikons are roasted they are delicious. Try peeling the daikon and chop into pieces that are similar to French fries. Toss them with olive oil and a pinch of salt, roast at 350 F for 30 minutes or until they are tender and slightly browned. Serve with a dipping sauce such as thyme, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, and black pepper.
2. Try Carrot Fries: Yes carrot fries! Try slicing carrots into wedges similar to French fries then simply toss with olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper and bake until crisp. Carrots are a vitamin-rich root vegetable and one medium sized carrot contains 204 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin A. They are delicious and guilt free!
3. Try Jicama Fries: Jicama is a root vegetable and resembles a potato or turnip with a mild flavor. It is native to South America and Mexico and is a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C. Try to very thinly slice the jicama, toss with olive oil, sprinkle a pinch of salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika to taste, and bake.
4. Try Yucca Fries: Yucca, another root vegetable, is rich in manganese and vitamin C. For yucca fries, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add yucca and cook until tender, then drain. Once cool enough to handle cut into ¼ to ½ inch thick fries. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, chile powder, ground coriander and salt and pepper. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
5. Try Zucchini Fries: Yes zucchini fries! Zucchini is high in vitamin C, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. Slice zucchini into wedges, then simply toss with olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper and bake until desired crispness.