Addictive Garlicky Parsnip Fries With Smokey "Mayo" Dip
If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be french fries. I love them so much! the salty, crispy, thin cut sight makes me so excited. I literally order them everywhere I go (and when I say I, I mean my husband. I make him order a side of fries so I could steal them and not feel guilty about it- great trick, highly recommended.)
But after I delivered Benjamin, I needed to get back to shape and unfortunately fried potatoes are not the best way to achieve healthy weight loss. Don't get me wrong! there's nothing wrong with potatoes, in moderation of course, Its just moderation doesn't exist in my relationship with fries. yet. Ill master that some day.
So to complement my butt kicking workouts at the gym, I decided to look for an alternative. A healthier alternative. And so I found Parsnips! At 100 calories per cup you cant go wrong!
Parsnips are a root vegetable and belongs to same family as carrots and parsley. They contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including dietary fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. They are one versatile and low cost vegetable to keep around the house and opt for when looking for alternatives to potato french fries and mashed potatoes!
For the sauce I pulled out my go-to Vegenaise, which is the vegan version of a mayo. Its dairy free, gluten free and non GMO in addition to being clean of all the nasty additives and preservatives the common mayo brands have (which is the main reason I use vegenaise. You can find it at any health food store or whole foods. I like to make a batch of sauce and use it for sandwiches. There endless variations you can make.
Here is one of my favourite versions of fries and dip:
4 medium parsnips, peeled
2 tbsp avocado oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (don't over do on salt, you can always add it later)
1 Tbs garlic powder (You can put less. I just LOVE garlic)
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
4 tbs Vegenaise
1 clove finely minced garlic
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs smoked paprika
dash of smoked salt (if you have one on hand)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the peeled parsnips into fries (don't cut them too thin as they shrink and can become pretty limp). Toss in a bowl with the avocado oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread out in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Turn the fries over and place back in the oven. Turn up the heat to 450 degrees F. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until crispy, watching closely to make sure that the fries do not burn.
- For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix till combined.
- Place the fries in a large bowl and toss with the parsley . Serve warm with a side of sauce.