3 Recipes For Healthier Alternatives To French Fries

Thursday February 28, 2013 by Alexandra C.



I love fries and I can't have a burger without them. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, but truth be told, my salty tooth is bigger. My only issue is that I know fries aren't exactly the healthiest option. So I decided to come up with three healthier alternatives to french fries. Hopefully these options will satisfy my cravings and I won't have to feel guilty about eating them.

These fries aren't going to taste exactly like those delicious, salty MickieD ones you've come to know and love. But, they are tasty and most importantly, they're a healthier substitute. A bonus is that these recipes are simple to make and can be done in a pinch after a long day at work. 

I set the oven to about 375-400 degrees for these recipes and wait until they brown nicely. It should take about 20 minutes.

#1 Cumin Carrot Fries 


Peel and cut about 3-4 carrots into approximately 1/2 inch thick and 5 inch long slices. Drizzle olive oil onto baking sheet and add carrots. Sprinke cumin, garlic powder, ground cloves, ground ginger, salt and pepper onto the carrots. I usually use about 1-2 tsp of each. Add more oil. Toss carrots so that they are covered and bake.

#2 Truffle and Basil Parsnip Fries 


Peel and cut 1-2 parsnips into approximately 1/2 inch thick and 5 inch long slices. Pour truffle oil onto baking sheet and add parsnips. Truffle oil is a bit pricey, although amazingly delicious. I didn't have any but I did have some truffle salt on hand so I sprinkled about 1/2- 1tsp of that on the parsnips with olive oil (garlic olive oil would also be great). Add some basil and some ground garlic powder, toss and bake. 

#3 Baked Zucchini Fries 


Cut a large zucchini into three and then cut each section into 9 smaller slices (3 times horizontally and 3 times vertically). Set aside. 

In a bowl, whisk 1-2 eggs (depending on how much zucchini there is). 

In a separate bowl, mix together about 3/4 cup of bread crumbs and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Add some salt, pepper, basil and thyme. 

Dip the zucchini sticks into the eggs and then into the bread crumb mixture. Lay the sticks onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.

Do you have a sweet or a salty tooth? Which one of these would you like to try? Do you have any healthy alternative faves? 

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11 Comments

on Apr 10, 2013  JustUsGirls  2,995 said:

I've had the baked zucchini fries before, absolutely love them dipped with ranch. I'd love to try the carrot fries, looks like something I'd enjoy.

on Mar 06, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,673 said:


I actually had a chance to make and try the Cumin Carrot fries last night, and I must say - I'm not a fan. I didn't find them to be comparable to fries at all, as they were just seasoned carrots.. I looked up a few other recipes for fry alternatives online, so I'm going to test out a few more recipes this week.

on Mar 06, 2013  ProGait Gait Analysis Manchester said:

Yum! They sound great! I often use sweet potato as an alternative to fries - just delicious!

on Mar 05, 2013  LissaG  5,960 said:

Yum! These all look really delicious, can't wait to try some

on Mar 03, 2013  angelaj20  12,356 said:

I've seen zucchini fries in restaurants before, but I've tried them because they're always breaded (I have a gluten intolerance). But I might try the carrot ones...they sound good.

on Mar 01, 2013  smiley_gen  3,600 said:

I'm a big fan of sweet potatoes as well but I've been wanting to try something else and voila you bring it to me! I'm not sure about the parsnip and truffle but I sure will give the carrot and zucchini a try! Thank you! :)

on Mar 01, 2013  takoda  26,102 said:


The sweet potato fries look good.

on Feb 28, 2013  flower  4,232 said:


I like sweet potato fries

on Feb 28, 2013  fredamans  7,742 said:

I make yam fries.

on Feb 28, 2013  ellstar  3,768 said:

Zucchini fries are great. I also love a good sweet potato fry!

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