Low carb french fries I love you !!!
This cold and wet winter just makes me hungry and all day I dream about food. Tonight all I dream about is a giant bowl of hot and crispy French Fries. Not the thin one from the fast food shop but the thick fries that they serve at the restaurant with a lovely piece of steak.
But the thing is, potatoes or sweet potatoes are not my best friends when it comes to dinner. Both tends to contains too much carbs – mainly starchy carbs the one that spike my blood sugar level. They are usually an OK options when I make a soup as it is a small amount blended into lots of low carbs veggie but not eaten alone in a large quantity. But I have to be completely honest with you, after few attempts in the kitchen making low carbs French Fries only few options cames out very well. Making crispy and healthy Fries is a real challenge.
Low carb french fries using swedes
After trying most of the low carbs veggies from the shop this is what I learnt. Zucchini is not a good choose, it came out soft and soggy. Carrots and parsnip taste very good but lost their crispiness very quickly. Turnip and pasley root are very great but I found difficult to find parsley root in my everyday store. And then, tonight, I found the magic vegetables to make the best low carb french fries: Swedes (also called Rutabaga in French). This is how it looks like a white and purple vegetable that looks very similar to turnip. Well, if you do not very well differentiate both it is ok as they both goes well for low carb french fries.
Low carb french fries: 6 vegetables options
Below I listed all my favourite vegetables to make low carb french fries including their amount of net carbs (carbs minus fibre) to help you pick up the right one for you.
Oh my god Swedes I LOVE YOU so much right now! And you know what ?? It not only makes the perfect crispy low carb French Fries ever but it also
– Contains only 5.3 g of net carbs per 100 g
– Half the calories of potatoes (only 38 kcal per 100 g)
I never thought that this will be possible one day. Low carb and low calories French fries. Can you believe it? And as I baked them in the oven with only a bit of olive oil it does not contains bad fat and they are perfectly healthy. I baked them in a very hot oven fan grill mode (220C) and the result was just fantastic.
Well, again you have to dig into the plate very quickly as it is not fried by baked into the oven, it will soften after 15 minutes. I love to dip them into a roasted eggplant dip or my sugar free BBQ sauce. But it was the best low carb French Fries I ate for long time and I just love it. I read that a similar vegetable called turnip could give the same result but I am not sure of where to buy this one. It is funny how simple things can makes you feel happy. Recipe is shared below. If you have got any other low carb french fries recommendation simply comment below I am always on the look for new options.
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Oven baked Low Carb French Fries with swedes. A low carb healthy french fries alternative recipe.
- 2 swedes medium size, about 28 oz
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs or dried oregano or dried marjoram
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup yoghurt of your choice soy or coconut work well
- 1/2 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
- 1/8 tsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 juice of lime
- 1 small garlic glove crushed or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 220 C (430 F) fan grill mode.
Prepare the yogurt sauce first.
Place the yogurt into a mixing bowl and whisk in the lemon juice, ground smoked paprika, chilli flakes and garlic.
Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the swede fries.
Wash the swedes and using a sharp knife remove both ends. Discard.
Peel the swedes and cut them into large rectangle fries like you will do for potatoes. Use a sharp knife as swedes is a tough vegetable very difficult to cut.
In a mixing bowl, add the olive oil and spices. Combine until the mixture is darker and well combined.
Place the fries into a mixing bowl and pour the prepared oil onto the fries. Use your hands to massage the fries with the oil mixture.
Place the fries onto a baking dish leaving space between each fries.
Bake for 15-20 minutes then open the oven and using a spoon stir the fries to make sure they cook on all sides.
Return to the oven for 10 more minutes or until golden, crispy outside but soft in the center.
Enjoy with the chilli paprika yogurt sauce.