It’s about that time of year where everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and hit the gym. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have all of the awesome savory snacks that you’re craving – we’re here to support your healthier happiest while still providing fries for days. Our fantastic bloggers have some great resources for a quick and easy trick to make things a little bit healthier – baking instead of frying! Check out how our bloggers swap out a baking sheet for the frying pan in all of you favorite fried classics like fried ‘chicken’, fritters and falafels, chips and fries from our Food Monster App!
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1. Fried ‘Chicken’
Image Source: ‘Chicken’ Tofu Strips and Waffles
Fried chicken is classic, but if you’re living that cruelty-free and plant-based lifestyle, you need some other options! Our bloggers have some options that are not only vegan, but are also made lighter by baking instead of frying! You can have all the classic dishes that are so known for being served alongside fried chicken, like with these ‘Chicken’ Tofu Strips and Waffles from Kiran Shahbaz! And how good do these ‘Chicken’ and Whole Wheat Biscuits from Travis Piper sound?
If you want to throw it back to childhood classics, our bloggers have you covered with that too. These Red Lentil Veggie Nuggets from Lindsey Auerbach will make you feel like a kid again. For a recipe that pairs well with any sides and is reminiscent of a kid’s menu regular from any local restaurant, you’ll love these Chick’n Style Seitan Cutlets from Ashley Flitter.
2. Fritters and Falafels
Image Source: Baked Plantain Fritters
Fritters, falafels, croquettes, any kind of savory little cakes are an amazing meal, snack, or anything in between. They’re one of our favorite things to make, and if you haven’t tried them yet, we highly recommend it! Get started with these baked – not fried – options for delicious dinners. These Baked Plantain Fritters from Amy Height will change the way you think of fritters – not greasy, just perfectly delicious! Get your veggie fix with these Zucchini Fritters With Citrus Yogurt Sauce from Natalie Yonan.
These Baked Jackfruit Croquettes from Marieke Gruwel will be a game-changer: you’ll want to have them for dinner every night! You could also make falafel, which you can have in a sandwich, on a salad or rice, or just by themselves, they’ll be delicious as long as they’re these Baked Falafel from Mitko Dzhordzhev.
Image Source: Sriracha Sweet Potato Chips
A famous snack food for a reason, chips are definitely a craving that we all have every once in a while. Crunch those cravings with these baked options that will make your next movie night great! These spicy Sriracha Sweet Potato Chips from Cruelty Free Family are so addicting, you’ll keep going back for more. Also check out these Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips from Nicole Dunai for a sweet option!
A great trick for getting your chip craving satisfied in a healthy way is using veggies as your chip base as well as baking them! These Cheesy Pizza Kale Chips from Helyn Dunn are the best of both worlds when it comes to flavor: chips AND pizza! Get ready for your other new favorite snack: Spicy Balsamic Baked Eggplant Chips from Lenia Patsi.
4. Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo
Image Source: Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo
Of course, we had to give you options for the ultimate fried favorite: French fries! It’s in the name, how could we not? There are so many delicious baked choices out there, and these are some of our favorites. Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo from Daniela Modesto are absolutely unforgettable. Carry on the chipotle theme with these Chipotle Seasoned French Fries from Desiree Rodriguez.
Get a classic burger and fries flavor in plant-based, baked form with these Dill Pickle French Fries from Jesse Lane Lee! Check out a different and delicious base for fries with these Rosemary Polenta Fries from Holly Jade. Lastly (but of course not least), ditch the fryer AND the oil with Michele Elizabeth‘s Oil-Free Roasted Carrot Fries!
If you want to look up more great recipes, we highly recommend you check out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has over 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes for you to explore, and subscribers also gain access to ten new recipes per day! Let us know if you give it a try!
Lead Image Source: Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo