Healthy fries might sound like an oxymoron, but the truth is, you can make healthy fries right at home in so many ways. Healthy fries often start with potatoes which are one of nature’s best, most affordable vegetables, but they can be made with any hard and sturdy vegetable you can think of. You can use anything to make healthy fries at home in the oven from regular potatoes to carrots, to sweet potatoes, and even squash, zucchini, jicama, and eggplant, believe it or not.
Baking your own fries at home is healthier than eating them at fast food chains or trendy restaurants because it allows you to control the ingredients you put on your fries (such as oil or too much salt). Making your own fries at home also allows you to control how they’re cooked to prevent the harmful effects of deep-frying your food. Plus, fries can be eaten at home with healthy plant-based burgers and make the perfect side dish to salads, bean dishes, or even eaten with dips and sauces.
We love fries here at One Green Planet, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite healthy French fry recipes with you in case you need some healthy fry inspiration.
Check out these easy fry recipes and bake some up tonight!
Oil-free fries are the best kind to make because they’re proof you don’t need any oil whatsoever for perfect, crispy fries! Oil-free recipes are not only easy to prepare but also healthier for you too! Make up a batch of Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries next time you want some fries with a little bit of something special!
Carrots, as fries? Yes! Carrots are naturally sweet like potatoes, but they’re also hardy and sturdy so they’ll hope up just as well as potatoes in the oven. Check out Baked Carrot Fries and make some tonight instead of only using carrots for healthy snacks.
Forget the meat! These vegan Chili Cheez Fries are all you need when you want some delicious, indulgent fries! Bake up some for your next get-together and prepare to be astounded at how much everyone loves them!
Thin and crispy and perfect for dipping, these Baked Shoestring Carrot Fries are made with carrots for an extra bunch of beta-carotene and a deliciously sweet flavor. Pair them with some vegan ketchup, some guac, or maybe some hot mustard for a more savory option. Or, try them with this Homemade Barbecue Sauce for something extra special!
Would you have ever believed that eggplant could look so good? Baked Eggplant Fries will change everything you thought you knew about eggplant and they’re a healthier way to enjoy this healthy veggie than fried eggplant found in restaurants.
These fries aren’t just bright and colorful; they’re also filled with probiotics thanks to the kimchi! Kimchi is a spicy form of sauerkraut that’s packed with potential. It’s also a great condiment and pairs wonderfully with hot sauce. Check out this Kimchi Poutine and give your gut some love while you satisfy your taste buds too!
Turnips are perfect to turn into fries because they’ll hold up well and they have the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Turnips are also a good source of Vitamin C and richer in fiber than white potatoes. Add some vegan chili and vegan cheese to these Chili Cheese Turnip Fries, and you’ll never believe turnips could turn into something so incredible!
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Crispy on the outside with a soft and fluffy inside, Crispy Chickpea Fries might just become your new fry favorite. They’re made with chickpea flour instead of white flour and have a tasty zest of flavor. Snack on them or make them for dinner, but don’t blame us if they don’t last very long!
Love fries but tired of your usual recipe? This recipe will blow your mind! Dill Pickle French Fries are not hard to prepare and make the perfect snack anytime of the day. They’re salty and tangy which is perfect when you’re craving dill pickle chips!
Potato wedges are a favorite of everyone, but if you haven’t tried them with sweet potatoes yet, you’re missing out. Try Chili Lime Baked Sweet Potato Wedges which have a delicious tang and a special touch of spice. They’re perfect for summer and also make great leftovers too!
Portobello mushrooms are hearty, flavorful, and even make a great meat substitute. But did you know you can also make fries with mushrooms too? Bake up some of these delicious Portobello Fries and give your mushrooms a new take on life!
These Mexican-inspired Cilantro Lime Jicama Fries are crispy, baked to perfection, and just bursting with a refreshing flavor. They feature fresh lime, chipotle powder, and crispy jicama root, a healthy vegetable you’re sure to learn to love after you try these fries. Add some ketchup, some guac, or maybe even some salsa to them too!
Can’t decide between enchiladas or fries? No worries! Enchilada Fries will take care of all your cravings and make the perfect side to any batch of burritos or plate of nachos. Plus, they’re even oil-free and gluten-free!
Who would have thought you could bake your fries in ketchup? You have to try it! This technique enhances the flavor of the fries and is easy enough to do for a little taste of something special. We suggest serving Ketchup Baked Home Fries with one of our satisfying burgers while you’re at it, too!
Quick and Easy Curly Fries are fun to make, enjoyable to eat, and they’re perfect for dipping into sauces of all kinds. The best part? All you need is three or four ingredients to make these and a spiralizer. But if you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry; use a vegetable peeler instead or just make them into regular fry shapes. Just don’t forget the ketchup!
Now that you know all about how to make your own fries at home, be sure to check out all of our Healthy Fry recipes here, but don’t blame us if you can’t decide which ones to make first!
Lead image source: Grilled Maple Tahini Sweet Potato Fries