Since this is my first cooking video I thought I would start with something fun and not too complicated: Rutabaga “Fries”. I put fries in quotes because they are actually roasted and not fried. Rutabaga is also known as Swede or Neep.
One of the harder things about trying to improve your diet is not eating some of your favorite foods that you know are just not that good for you, especially when you get a craving for it. French fries are one of those foods that a lot of people miss, so what I love about this recipe is that, at least for my wife and I, it satisfies our desire for it and makes it a lot easier for us to stick to our Evolved Habits.
The entire recipe only comes out to around 300 calories. The same weight of regular French fries would come to about 1500 calories! As a bonus rutabaga is also very high in vitamin C.
The choice of fat used to coat the rutabaga is up to you. I prefer to use a fat that is solid at room temperature because I find it solidifies around the rutabaga and I can therefore use a lot less, if you plan on using a liquid fat you will want to up the amount to 2 or 3 table spoons. My favourite is the bacon fat for the flavor, but my wife prefers the coconut oil.
Healthy Rutabaga alternative to French Fries
5 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
- 1 small or half a large rutabaga. 500-600g
- 1 tb of bacon fat, coconut oil, or butter
- Salt and pepper to season.
- Preheat oven to 400°F 205°C
- Wash and peel rutabaga. Store bought ones are often coated in wax to extend shelf life, hot water and scrubbing will remove it quite easily.
- Melt fat in a pan at a medium/low heat.
- Coarsely julienne the rutabaga into “French fry” style strips. Place in a mixing bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper. Pour the melted fat on, and shake to coat.
- Lay them out in a single layer on a baking dish and roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Stir once halfway through.
And there you have it, healthy rutabaga fries! I hope you enjoy them and they become a regular in your house, as they have in ours. Please let me know how they turn out for you. Bon appétit!