Root Vegetable Fries

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Sometimes you just want to pig out on a huge plate of fries…the only problem is that then you end up with eater’s remorse from eating a bunch of junk…unless…wait for it…HEALTHY FRIES!!!  Yup, healthy fries!  These root veggie fries are SUPER good for you.  You can really use any root veggies that you want in these…the more variety, the better, because that means more flavors and more nutrition from various veggies!

I used rutabaga, turnip, and sweet potato for my plate of fries, and it was DE-LISH!!!  On top of that, the following pins explain some of the health benefits of each of these types of veggies!

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Seriously, all those health benefits in a plate of fries?!?  Did I just die and go to heaven?  Probably not, but these sure taste like I did!  These make for a great snack or side dish to any meal, and they’re super easy to make.  Let’s take a look at the recipe!

ROOT VEGGIE FRIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced into fries
  • 1 turnip, skin removed, and sliced into fries
  • 1 rutabaga, skin removed, and sliced into fries
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • sea salt, for seasoning
  • Possible dipping sauces: homemade ketchup or plain greek yogurt (my favorite)

Directions:

1.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the prepared sweet potato, turnip, and rutabaga in a medium bowl.  Add the olive oil and garlic granules and toss to coat completely.  Spread the fries out evenly on the prepared baking sheet (single layer).  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes until they reach your desired fry consistency (longer = crispier, shorter = softer).

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2.) Transfer to a plate, season with sea salt, and serve.

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HEALTHY FRIES!!!  Nom Nom Nom!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

HEALTHY GLUTEN FREE HAMBURGER BUNS

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Healthy burger and fries?!?!  Yes!  It’s completely true!  Everything you see in the above picture is good for you!

The other day, I was craving a good turkey burger, but I really wanted to have a bun with it.  I went on Pinterest to find some ideas for a bun, and saw the following pin.

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This looked great and easy enough, but I wanted it to be gluten free, and I certainly didn’t want to have any sugar in it.  I decided to come up with something using coconut flour (gluten free), baking soda (in place of the yeast to help it to expand a little), and no sugar.  The result turned out great!

Once I figured out what I was going to do for a bun, I decided to go all out, and add fries to my meal as well!  I used my recipe for rutabaga fries with garlic powder and turmeric for seasoning the fries.  For the actual burger, I made my zucchini turkey burgers.  All together, I made a truly healthy burger and fries platter!  AWESOME!

I topped my burger with goat cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion.  To make the goat cheese a bit more spreadable, I mixed it with a bit of plain greek yogurt, and it spread on just fine.  This burger was seriously DELICIOUS!  I’m so excited to share this with all of you, because who doesn’t crave a burger and fries every so often?  Normal burgers and fries would completely derail a person’s diet, and with these few recipes, it is possible to still enjoy this delicacy without feeling even the smallest amount of guilt, because it is ALL GOOD FOR YOU!  Okay, I’ll shut up now, but I am seriously ecstatic about this! 🙂

As I said, for the burger itself, I made my zucchini turkey burgers, and for the fries, I made my rutabaga fries.  Here I will share my recipe for your healthy gluten free buns, and you’re all set!

HEALTHY GLUTEN FREE HAMBURGER BUNS

Ingredients: makes 4-5 buns

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. water

*Note: If you want, you can also add some spices or seeds to this for more flavor in your buns, or if you want a little sweetness to them, you can add a bit of stevia or honey, but this is the basic recipe.

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Add coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt to a medium mixing bowl.

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2.) Add the eggs, olive oil, and water to the dry ingredients.

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3.) Mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes. (This will allow for the coconut flour to really soak up the wet ingredients.

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4.) Divide the dough into 4-5 equal parts (4 for larger buns and 5 for smaller buns).  Form a bun shapes from the dough and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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5.) Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

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6.) Using a knife, slice the buns in half horizontally.

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7.) Add the burger and fixings of choice to the bun.

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8.) Pair it with some rutabaga fries or a side salad, or just enjoy it by itself!

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YUMMMMMY!  All the enjoyment of eating a burger and fries without the guilt!  Enjoy! 🙂

RUTABAGA FRIES

rutabegafries4I have developed a huge crush on rutabaga fries lately.  I’ve had a long standing love affair with rutabagas for a while now, but oh these fries have stolen my heart!

Rutabagas are an extremely healthy food with so many benefits!  These little loves improve digestive health, prevent certain forms of cancer, lower blood pressure, aid in cellular and enzymatic function, are high in antioxidants, are high in zinc, boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, can help in weight loss, and they even serve as a great anti fungal for individuals struggling with candida.  Um, that’s a lot, and it’s only a list of some of the benefits rutabaga can offer.

Let’s look at some of these benefits a little more closely.

  • Great for digestive health: high in fiber, rutabagas can help to improve digestion by bulking up stool and preventing constipation.  The glucosinolates present in rutabaga may also  help the stomach process bacteria just like Helicobacter pylori and can help to promote the creation of bile.
  • Lowers blood pressure:  The potassium in rutabagas can help to lower blood pressure by reducing stress and contraction of blood vessels.  The high fiber content in rutabagas can help to lower cholesterol, so the two of these together can really help to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Boosts your immune system: A single serving of rutabaga contains 50% of your daily value of vitamin C.  Most of us know how beneficial vitamin C is in preventing illness by raising defense mechanisms…aka: boosting the immune system.
  • Cancer prevention: Rutabagas include phytochemicals which eliminate carcinogens through the body as well as assist the liver in processing harmful toxins. Glucosinolate may possibly prevent the development of cancerous tumors. Also, as mentioned above the high level of antioxidants in rutabaga really help avoid free radical injury to our cells and DNA.
  • Antifungal properties:  With the average american diet containing so many sugars, candida overgrowth is an extremely common condition in today’s population.  Rutabaga is a strong antifungal that can actually slow down and possibly reverse  candida overgrowth.

A little while back, I was grocery shopping, and organic rutabagas were on sale, so I bought a few, and by the time I got to my car, my mind was already filling up with all the different ways I could prepare them.  Later that afternoon, it was snack time, and I went on to Pinterest to look for ideas for these rutabagas.  The first one to jump out at me was rutabaga fries – perfect for an afternoon snack!  The pin I cam across was this one:

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I changed it up quite a bit, because it called for parmesan cheese, and normally the only “cheese” I do is goat cheese as I’ve found it to be the best choice in terms of healthiness – that’s about as dairy as I get.  Also, it calls for chili powder, and I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of flavoring.  My version is much simpler, but it is DELICIOUS!!!

RUTABAGA FRIES

Ingredients

  • rutabagas
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • rosemary
  • sea salt

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Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2.) Wash and peel your rutabaga, and cut into strips that look like fries.
3.) Lay the rutabaga strips on the parchment paper, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and rosemary.rutabegafries3
4.) Place in oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes (this will vary based on how thick your strips are, so just bake until they are fork tender).
5.) Remove from oven, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool a bit before serving – these guys hold heat well, so be careful.rutabegafries1

Enjoy! 🙂

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