These cold weather months often have me craving comfort foods from my childhood. French Fries were always a favorite amongst my family. Since I have made a commitment to myself to fuel my body with healthy noninflammatory foods, traditional French fries are no longer an option for me. However, I am not left feeling deprived as I have replaced them with tasty and healthy veggies.

You can use numerous vegetables like beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, eggplant, turnips and parsnips. Just alter the recipe below with whatever veggie you have on hand. This is also a great way to encourage your youngsters to test out new vegetables. I also like to pair mine with fun and healthy dips like the avocado dipping sauce listen below.

One of the most important things when making homemade fries is how you cut the vegetables. Consistency is key; they don’t need to be cut into perfect spears, but they should all be about the same size. This ensures that the fries cook evenly. Otherwise, small-cut fries will end up overcooked or burnt, while the larger-cut ones won’t cook through all the way.

Vegetable Fries 

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes (Subsittude any other veggie you would like)

2 Tbl avocado oil

1 tsp celtic sea salt

Optional: 1 Tsp  of garlic, onion, chili or paprika powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Mix oil, salt and optional spice in a bowl.  Toss in veggie slices.  Stir to coat.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Stir every 10 minutes.

Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

Juice ½ lemon

2 Tbl chopped cilantro

Instructions

Mash avocado.  Mix in lemon juice and cilantro.  You can do this in the blender or food processor for a smoother consistency.

Julie Paiva, CHHC

Julie Paiva, CHHC

Holistic Nutrition is Julie’s passion. She holds a degree in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math, Science and Geography and a Master’s Degree in Science from Southern Connecticut State University. This background in education and science has been a great foundation for her pursuits in the health and wellness industry over the past 14 years. Julie is available for one-on-one coaching sessions to help clients implement a healthier form of eating and living into their daily lives. Coaching sessions are based on each clients individual and unique situation. She also offers a private cooking service for clients who are inspired to eat healthy but prefer not to do it themselves. read more...