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12 French Fry Recipes That Won't Kill You

Take a deep (fried) breath: These tasty fry alternatives are completely guilt free.

by Brianna Steinhilber /
Cajun sweet potato friesMinimalist Baker /
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The internet is still up in arms over a recent attack on our favorite salty side.

The study spurring the attack, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at potato consumption in 4,400 older people between the ages 45 and 79.

The alarming news? By the end of the eight-year study, 236 people had died. And researchers found that eating fried potatoes — including French fries, fried potatoes and hash browns — at least twice a week more than doubled the risk of early death.

But before you ban French fries from the menu forever, take a deep (fried) breath.

First of all, potatoes aren’t the problem. In fact, the study found that eating them boiled, baked or mashed didn't pose the same risks. We all know that hitting the drive-thru comes with a side of saturated fat and sodium. So if you’re craving fries, baking up a batch in the oven is still very much on the table as a part of a healthy diet.

Secondly, there are so many ways to elevate fries from a fast-food indulgence to a healthy (and surprisingly impressive looking) side dish — from playing with different herbs and spices to getting creative with veggies.

Do we have you craving a side of fries? Here are 12 recipes to add to your meal rotation that will keep them on the menu, without shortening your lifespan.

 Skinny oven fries Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Skinny Oven Fries

 Oven baked curly fries Fresh April Flours

Oven Baked Curly Fries

 Crispy baked avocado fries Chocolate Covered Katie

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries

 Butternut squash fries My Fussy Eater

Butternut Squash Fries

 Paprika parsnip fries with Sriracha dipping sauce PaleOMG

Paprika Parsnip Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

 Grilled Carrots With Chipotle Lime Aioli The Gourmet RD

Grilled Carrot Fries with Chipotle Lime Aioli

 Crispy baked portobello mushroom fries

Crispy Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries

 Cajun sweet potato fries Minimalist Baker

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

 Crispy parmesan zucchini fries Wholesome Yum

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

  Salt and Wind

Yucca Fries with Mojo Mayonnaise

Spicy Spiralized Shoe String Jicama Fries

Easy Roasted Sunchoke “Steak Fries”

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