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lavieenrose
05-16-2009, 07:18 AM
this is my quest to cut french fries completely out of my life.

i'm a vegan, and unlike all the other vegans in the world- instead of eating blackberries and raw broccoli all day- i search for all the disgusting little tricks to avoid healthy eating.

french fries = evil.

i've never been much of a french fry kind of a gal, but once i gave myself to the vegan ways - french fries have been an absolute must for my daily intake.

and they're not even 100% vegan! they're deep fried in the same oil used to cook chicken wings and fried shrimp!

so my first mini goal would be the complete elimination of french fries.

seriously come on, i can do this- right?


tenderbaby
05-16-2009, 08:00 AM
yeah,definitely think you are on the right track...I am a vegan for some time,and i have never liked french fries,even though i used to eat them...But when you see how many calories are there,well,i definitely think of all the other things i can eat instead!

ringmaster
05-16-2009, 08:18 AM
definitely one of the more evil foods for weight loss. :devil: it's hard to find a good healthy substitute for them!


Lori Bell
05-16-2009, 09:05 AM
Vegan or Carnivore, french fries $uck for weight loss. I LOVE them, but I haven't had one in over a year. The poor potato has been turned into junk food, when all by itself, it's a super food. (If you are not carb intolerant etc.)

rockinrobin
05-16-2009, 09:29 AM
I think it's very vital to recognize which foods in your life are holding you back from weight loss and therefore optimal health. And you've done that. For me, definite NO's were/are a definite MUST. It takes the decision making process away - should I?, shouldn't I? Maybe just this one? No that just doesn't work. Definite no's are not restrictive to me - they're FREEING.

I got this wonderful alternative right here at 3FC from Kaplods, though her recipe is a tad different.They are marvelous and a great alternative to potatoes. Though, sadly enough, you won't find them in any restaurant.


TURNIP FRIES

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Peel turnips and cut into strips to resemble shoe string potatoes. Sometimes I even use a crinkle cutter and they really resemble french fries. Make a LOT. They’re absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!

Spray a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil with lots of non-stick cooking spray. Lay the “fries” on the foil. Spray further with cooking spray - lots.

Season heavily with spices of your choice. French fry seasoning. Garlic and onion powders, salt & pepper. Chili powder, garlic and onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper.

Bake for about 20 minutes and turn. Bake another 10 minutes or so.

Experiment. See if you like them very soft or a little firmer. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

35 calories per cup serving.

Lori Bell
05-16-2009, 09:47 AM
TURNIP FRIES

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Peel turnips and cut into strips to resemble shoe string potatoes. Sometimes I even use a crinkle cutter and they really resemble french fries. Make a LOT. They’re absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!

.

Hummm...sounds AWESOME! I love turnips. I need to get some turnip seeds for the garden today! So, in my experiance the more you cook a turnip the softer it gets...they will get crisp with the cooking spray?

rockinrobin
05-16-2009, 09:55 AM
So, in my experiance the more you cook a turnip the softer it gets...they will get crisp with the cooking spray?


Lori, they don't get really crispy like a french fry. But you can leave them a little firmer where they still have a bit of a "bite" to them. I like them a bit softer though. That's why I said you need to experiment.

They are EXCELLENT! I make a huge tray of them each time and they get eaten quicklyl. The whole family LOVES them.

vixjean
05-16-2009, 10:01 AM
McDonald's fries are made from a meat source, and their bacon bits are made from a veggie source...weird.
Hope that helps!

nelie
05-16-2009, 10:09 AM
Welcome!! We have a vegetarian forum here at 3FC which I recommend
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=121

There are definitely junk food vegans in the world so you aren't alone.

I would recommend at looking at making homemade oven fries. Turnip fries are a good option but there are even other good options like sweet potato fries and beet fries.

rockinrobin
05-16-2009, 10:30 AM
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I would recommend at looking at making homemade oven fries. Turnip fries are a good option but there are even other good options like sweet potato fries and beet fries.

Beet fries. What a great idea.

And yes, the turnips, sweet potatoes, and beets are all great alternatives, but they are definitely not identical to the genuine article But that's okay. I eliminated soooo many foods from my diet, when I overhauled the way that I was eating. I eliminated many - but added in more. That was the key. Finding excellent, tasty and delicious, though different foods to eat. Excellent, tasty, delicious HEALTHY ones that is. ;)

WarMaiden
05-16-2009, 12:31 PM
I love sweet potato fries so much, I have to limit how often we make them, because they are a definite indulgence food for me :D In fact, I'd far rather eat sweet potato fries than regular french fries anymore; I just don't like the taste of the regular fries, in comparison. So bland! So nutritionally void!

JulieJ08
05-16-2009, 12:51 PM
I seem to have eliminated a lot of foods without actually giving them up forever. I just kept deciding "not right now" for so long that now I don't want them anymore, or at least find them pretty easy to resist.

Gale02
05-16-2009, 01:21 PM
My grocery store sells sweet potato fries in the frozen section. I haven't looked at the calorie content, but they are there.

lavieenrose
05-16-2009, 01:45 PM
thanks y'all for the bunch of french fry alternatives!

i'll definitely be trying those recipes asap

i'll probably wait a good month before i try them-- as a little celebration for being french fry free for one month.

=)

sweet potato fries sound so good!

ringmaster
05-16-2009, 05:40 PM
Vegan or Carnivore, french fries $uck for weight loss. I LOVE them, but I haven't had one in over a year. The poor potato has been turned into junk food, when all by itself, it's a super food. (If you are not carb intolerant etc.)


you are right, potatoes with the skin pack alot of vitamin C! sometimes having a small baked(microwaved) potato with the skin helps curb the craving for french fries.

nakedmango
05-16-2009, 05:42 PM
Yes, you can totally do this! As a formerly fry-addicted vegan, I totally agree the sweet potato fries are a yummy alternative! In the name of helping out a a fellow 3FCer (not as an excuse to eat yummy food, no of course not), I had sweet potato fries this afternoon. Yum! They weren't very cripsy, so I will have to work on my technique (despite reading EZmoney's thread in the veg section to look for crisp-cooking tips) but I made chipotle dip (half a chipotle, chopped, a teaspoon of adobo sauce, and 1/3 cup plain soy yogurt) and it really satisfied my pub-food craving.

I used to think I couldn't live without fries, but really, I just like the feeling of indulgence. There are other ways to indulge myself, other than fries, and I have to say chipotle dip works for me. Find what works for you, and you'll do well!:)

Lori Bell
05-17-2009, 09:32 AM
Sweet potatoes are awesome, but remember oz per oz they contain the same calories as a regular old russet. They have loads of vitamins but can become junk food as quickly as any spud.

rockinrobin
05-17-2009, 09:49 AM
Sweet potatoes are awesome, but remember oz per oz they contain the same calories as a regular old russet. They have loads of vitamins but can become junk food as quickly as any spud.

This is the case with me. I LOVE sweet potatoes. Too much in fact. That high sugar content is just like candy to me. It brings on that horrible "got to shove it in my mouth" sensation. And I overeat them. Sweet potatoes are something I do on rare, rare occasions as a splurge. And for the time being they are on my off list, because I had a not so pretty sweet potato "episode" about 5 weeks ago.

merose
05-18-2009, 06:14 AM
I have never liked french fries - which is lucky in a way I guess (not that it has prevented me from being overweight!), but those turnip fries sound delicious! I also love to slice parsnips and fresh beetroot (I'm not sure what you call them in the US, they are purple inside and out) really really thinly, then spray with a little bit of cooking spray and throw them in the oven. More like chips than fries but super crispy and delicious!