Spiced Oven-Baked Rutabaga FriesPosted: November 4, 2014
“They’re like French fries but without as many of the calories and fat,” said LifeVest member Laura Meier.
Bingo. Laura’s description of rutabaga fries sounded great to us, and it didn’t take us long before we set out to discover its truth.
Since joining the program, LifeVester Laura is over halfway to her goal of losing 50 pounds, and now has a new goal of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long run.
“We’re going to keep encouraging each other and thinking smarter so we can remain feeling good,” says Laura who set out on her journey to health in partnership with her husband. “You have to think long-term. Otherwise, it’s all for nothing. Why go back when you could feel good for life?”
Laura told us she loves finding new ways to transform some of her favorite recipes into healthier versions. It keeps her feeling both satisfied and excited about continuing on.
She has always loved french fries, and we do too, so we were thrilled to hear about her latest version that enables her to remain on the right track toward her goals.
Rutabagas have just 1/2 the calories and 1/2 of the carbs that potatoes contain. So, inserting them into the standard oven-baked fry equation sounded like a genius idea to us.
Often mistaken for a turnip, the root veggie has that same sweet bite of a turnip with the starchiness of a potato. This makes them perfect for slicing up into flavorful fries, ones that luckily come without too much detriment to your diet.
At just 65 calories per cup, the winter veggie (in season Oct. – March) has become no small fry in our recipe book. Rather, thanks to Laura, it’s our new fry-making go-to.
We were thrilled with the crispy results upon our first batch, and are excited to experiment with other spices and herbs. We’d encourage you to do the same after first trying the chili powder version below.
As Laura shares, “It makes us, especially my husband, think we’re having a burger and fries.” She serves her ruta-fries alongside turkey burgers with lettuce swapped for the bun, a combo we can get behind.
Let us know in the comments, how do you make your favorite comfort foods healthier? We’d love to hear what you’re doing to transform some of your favorite recipes, and thank you to Laura for sharing this idea with us!
Rutabaga Chili Fries
- 2 medium rutabagas, washed and sliced into thin matchsticks
- Olive oil, to lightly coat
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- Fresh ground salt and pepper
Set oven to broil (on the high setting, if it gives you an option). Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread rutabaga on top, and drizzle with olive oil until you have enough just to lightly coat the edges. Use your hands or a spoon to toss, and then add chili powder and continue to toss. Spread out into a single layer. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkling on top of your rutabaga layer.
Broil for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are crispy and brown. Make sure to check in towards the end of your cooking time to ensure your fries aren’t overcooking (i.e. burning!). Remove from heat. Lay on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Adjust salt and pepper, if needed, and serve.
Note: Feel free to play around with the different spices you use. We’re also a fan of adding cayenne, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and various other dried herbs/spices.