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French fries are one of my favorite foods so one of the best tricks in my calorie-slashing arsenal is making baked fries with veggies in place of starchy deep-fried spuds.
This particular dish is inspired by the cheese and gravy topped French fries served at east coast diners. Give it a try!
Turnip the Disco Fries
1 1/2 lbs. (about 2 medium) turnips
12 oz. (about 1 medium) russet potato
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chicken or turkey gravy
Optional seasonings: salt and black pepper
Optional topping: chopped chives
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1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick spray.
2. Cut turnips and potato into fry-shaped spears, and evenly place on baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes.
3. Flip spears. Bake until tender and crispy, about 15 more minutes.
4. Closely arrange spears on the center of the sheets. Top with cheese and bake until melted, about 3 minutes.
5. Heat gravy in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or a small nonstick pot on the stove.
6. Serve fries with gravy for dipping.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
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Nutritional Information: (1/2 of recipe): 299 calories, 4.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 560mg sodium, 55.5g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 14g sugars, 12g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
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