I know most food bloggers tend to stay within the realms of what's currently popular in food world, but I have a habit of just making what I want. Ice cream in February and now squash in March....it's typically how I roll.
Soooo, instead of a Girl Scout cookie variation, today you are getting fries. Delicious, flavorful, good-for-you fries.
I kind of hate the squash taste that comes from vegetables like zucchini, yellow and butternut squash, but when cooked or baked a certain way, my attitude completely changes...
Don't they look like regular fries? 🙂 Illusion is half the war in eating healthy. If something healthy looks good, it's that much easier for me to get it into my belly because, psychologically, I feel like I'm indulging.
Paleo Curried Butternut Squash Fries
- 1 medium butternut squash deseeded, peeled, and sliced into 1/2 inch fries
- 2 T. oil
- 1 t. curry powder
- ¼ t. cinnamon
- ⅛ t. ginger powder
- scant 1/2 t. sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the oil with the salt and spices.
- Toss the 'fries' in the spice mix.
- Lay the fries onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (don't crowd them!).
- Bake for about 35 minutes until golden, flipping halfway through.
I gathered some information about sweet potatoes and russet potatoes (the veggies most typically used to create fries) to compare to butternut squash, and this is what I discovered:
- CALORIES 153
- CARBS 39.9 g
- SUGAR 4.6 g
- CALORIES 204
- CARBS 47 g
- SUGAR 14.7 g
- CALORIES 102
- CARBS 26.5 g
- SUGAR 5 g
*This information is based on using 1 pound of each.
Butternut squash is significantly lower in both calories and carbs than both types of potatoes, and much lower in sugar than sweet potatoes. This is not to say that potatoes are bad for you, but it is nice to know that you can eat something a bit healthier in these specific areas if need be.
What motivates you to be healthy?
For me, there have been numerous things...weight gain, acne, depression, fatigue....to name a few...all of which compel me to this day to keep my diet clean.
I must try these Lauren!! Featuring them this week on Allergy Free Wednesday, thanks for sharing your stuff!
Thanks so much Tessa! 🙂
These look sooo good! 🙂
I can't believe I haven't made these yet! I've been living on sweet potato fries but they never come out crispy like I want them. Butternut squash is just a bit of a hassle to prep for me but I'll have to suck it up so I can try these!
Not a squash lover but willing to try this. Thank you!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
First of all, these look DELICIOUS! And secondly, I love the title of your blog! So cute and creative 🙂
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
Wow, I am not sure what to say but I am SOOO excited to try these! Always looking for a healthier alternative that makes my belly feel good! Awesome! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!
Party starts tomorrow night (thursday) at 7:05 pm eastern time! Hope to see you there!
Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
Lauren, these are brilliant. I LOVE butternut squash...we eat it 2-3 times per week. Love the idea of making them into fries. I will be making these very soon. You ROCK lady. You are killing it with these amazing recipes. 🙂
Aw, thanks so much Amber! Your comments are always so sweet and make me feel happy! 🙂
Gabby @ the veggie nook
Love this idea! I've been eating so much squash lately, who cares what season it is! 😉
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness
I have seen many sweet potato fries, but these butternut squash fries are the first. They look so perfect and crispy. A must try!
jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur
I used to make butternut squash fries all the time, but I haven't at all this season! I'm going to have to pick one up next time I go to the market, because these look so good!
Yum! These look delicious! I always feel so sluggish after regular fries, so I'm going to try these. I also sent the recipe to my brother (he's on paleo).
Thank you Sheena! I hope you both enjoy them! 🙂