Everyone knows they should eat their vegetables, but most people would rather eat their fries. Fortunately, there is a way to have your veggies and eat fries, too, and that’s the name of the game today. Bags of veggie chips and fries frequently line the shelves of grocery stores, but don’t forget that you can make them at home, too, and watch the fresh veggies become fries with your very own eyes. If you don’t trust the snacks that market themselves as healthy and promise to be nutritious even with the salt, put your mind at rest and whip up your own. Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, green beans, and even avocados all have the ability to magically morph themselves into your favorite savory treats, and with these recipes, they can come out of your very own kitchen.
1. Roasted Carrot Fries
The first recipe we’re highlighting today comes from Taste of Home and it’s for Carrot Fries. They’re good for your eyes! Grab your orange veggies, salt, and olive oil – that’s all you need for this side dish that will make just about anyone eat their veggies. These fries are roasted, rather than fried, and don’t tell anyone, but they’re actually healthy. One-half cup only yields 53 calories. Eat up!
- 1 pound fresh carrots, cup into 1/2 inch sticks
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place carrots in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt; toss to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender. Yield: 5 servings.