Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries



Parmesan-Herb-Carrot-Fries

I love, and always will love, making healthy baked French fries at home.

But these days, I’ve been switching out the potatoes for carrots.

And I’m loving them even more than the traditional kind.

Two reasons why:

1.) Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries are so delicious, they actually make you want, crave, and look forward to eating nutritious carrots (who knew that was possible?)

2.) You can get away with helping yourself to a heaping pile of these fries. This recipe makes a very generous serving of fries for about 160 calories.

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My personal opinion after enjoying these fries: people only think they don’t like veggies because, so often, they’re served plain (just simply steamed or boiled).

But it really only takes a couple of ingredients to transform carrots to addictive and amazing tasting.

(Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the complete, printable recipe.)

ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need to get started.

smashing garlic clove

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Begin by grabbing a clove of garlic, placing your knife flat over it, and smashing down with your palm or fist, breaking apart the garlic.

mincing-garlic

Peel off the skin and run your knife through the clove in every direction, mincing it up.

grating-parmesan

Then grate just a bit of Parmesan cheese.

A good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano packs the most flavor into every bite.

peeling-carrots

Next, grab some large carrots.

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins.

carrot-strips

Chop off the ends of the carrots, and cut them in half lengthwise.

Then cut each half in half widthwise, and cut the carrots into thin strips.

Important tip: try to keep the carrot strips as equally sized as possible. This will help them cook evenly, so that the small ones aren’t burning while the larger ones still aren’t cooked through.

Everyone’s heard that carrots are good for eye health, but that beta-carotene in carrots also has strong anti-aging benefits. It protects the skin from sun damagefortifies hair and nails, and prevents premature wrinkling and dryness of the skin.

preparing-carrot-fries

Arrange the fries on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

I like using parchment because it guarantees the fries won’t stick to the pan and it also prevents them from burning on the bottoms.

Grab a basting brush and coat the tops of each strip with some olive oil.

Sprinkle that minced garlic all over the fries.

Then sprinkle on some dried thyme.

Or fresh thyme, if you have it.

Thoroughly season the fries with salt and pepper.

Then bake until the fries are easily pierced with a fork.

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As soon as the fries come out of the oven, sprinkle that grated Parmesan all over them.

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Then enjoy a delicious plateful!

What these fries aren’t: crispy on the outside, like they would be if you’d covered them in batter and put them in a deep fryer.

What they are: very healthy and extremely addictive and yummy!

Parmesan-and-Herb-Carrot-Fries

The herbs, garlic, and parmesan make these fries so flavorful.

And yet they’re low-calorie and packed with nutrition.

My new mission: make every veggie side dish taste this good!

Here is the complete, printable recipe:



Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 2
  • Calories: 163
  • Fat: 12.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.9
  • Sugar: 5.2g
  • Sodium: 431mg
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
Recipe type: Healthy Side Dish
Total Time: 24 minutes
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large carrots, peeled, quartered, and cut into equally sized quarter-inch thick strips
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the carrot strips on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that no two are overlapping. Using a basting brush, coat the tops of each strip with the olive oil. Sprinkle the thyme and garlic over the fries. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the fries about 10-12 minutes, or until the fries are easily pierced with a fork. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle the fries with parmesan. Serve.

 

Comments

  1. Very interesting idea – those actually look really good and a great way to eat more carrots! …and I think that’s a great new mission!
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  2. So if they’re not crispy, do you eat them with a fork?

    In any case, I’ll definitely try these. I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies into my meat-and-potatoes-guy. He definitely won’t eat them if they aren’t delicious.

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says:

      Ha, well I eat them with a fork and Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy uses his hands – so either way works. Enjoy!

  3. This looks like a really tasty and healthy side dish! I love carrots, so I know I’d enjoy these a lot.
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  4. Carrots are a daily snack for me so I’m loving these fries!
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  5. OoOooooooh these look SO amazing! I may need to give this a tryyy!

  6. Brilliant idea! Pinned.

  7. I can smell the fries … all the way up here.
    Great idea .. never thougth of .. and very healthy too. I’m all into healthy stuff so long as it taste good.
    Today I used melted butter and grated parmesan in my plain rice … fantastic!!!
    Good luck with your mission I know it will be no problems what so ever for … my little chef.
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  8. Lovely alternative to fries. I always substitute fries with sweet potato fries when eating out..the sweet taste is so addictive. I bet the carrot fries have this slightly sweet taste too!
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  9. These sound delicious! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. I love vegetables anyway and carrots are delicious even on their own, steamed and left crunchy, but I will definitely try this recipe as a different way to eat them :)
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  10. Totally loving these healthy carrot fries–so creative!
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  11. I am obsessed with these pictures! SO PRETTY. And such a good idea – I aways go straight to potatoes, the parm herb sounds amazing
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