Garlic Rutabaga Fries – CYOB

When that fast-food craving hits. it may seem like the only answer is an order of crispy waffle cheese fries from the 24-hour drive in. Fortunately, wonderful people have been coming up with healthy alternatives, like this one.

Create Your Own Bite #5

Garlic Rutabaga Fries

A borrowed bite from my lovely roommate, Heather Kology.

1 Small Rutabaga

4 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

This recipe makes approximately one cup of fries, approximately 2 servings.

Estimated calories: 135

We’ve all had that feeling, the one that hits right around midnight. A crave for something fried in oil that we’ll definitely regret the next day.

Amazingly, there are lots of new recipes gaining popularity that satisfy that desire without packing on the “morning after” guilt. While still definitely a “snack,” rutabaga fries are definitely a low-calorie option when compared to an order of small McDonald’s fries, totaling 230 calories, and not even filling half a cup.

My roommate, Heather, has been whipping up some of these recipes, and has shared with me her secret for delicious, healthy rutabaga fries.

While you’re chopping the garlic and cutting the rutabaga, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once all the components of the dish are prepared – the most important, of course, being the raw rutabaga cut into thick batonnets, the crowning cut for all french fries – simply toss the ingredients ¬†together on a baking sheet.

From a distance, an unknowing passerby might just mistaken these root vegetable fries for the real, starchy deal.

When the fries have been lightly coated in oil, and the garlic is evenly dispersed throughout, crack on some fresh black pepper and sprinkle the fries with salt, to taste. Fresh rosemary is another wonderful addition to this recipe. Put the fries in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until golden brown. Toss the fries ever fifteen minutes for even cooking.

After they’re cool, let the snacking ensue!

The next time you’re craving a sinful snack, try cooking these up instead. Kale chips, a cauliflower mash, and zucchini fries are other great ways to reinvent those delicious potato classics that always used to bite us in the behind.

What healthy alternatives are you creating to beat the snack attack?

Off to find another little bite!

Melanie

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