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Guest Post: Carrot "Fries" with Apple Butter-Dijon Dipping Sauce

We're excited to share this recipe from fellow Fat Loss Foodie and Metabolic Effect-certified fitness pro Alexa Wible of Kitchenspired! We met Alexa on Instagram and instantly hit it off because she shares our love of cooking and eating real food AND she's a Les Mills group fitness instructor. Thanks for sharing this recipe with our readers, Alexa! 

Fries are the perfect pairing for ANYTHING, am I right? I love fries, but they get a bad rap in the health & fitness world. Understandably so, as they are usually deep fried, made with poor-quality ingredients, and hardly even resemble vegetables when you get them in fast food restaurants.

I've created a way to have my fries with zero guilt - who needs that sick, bloated feeling you get after eating a plate of restaurant fries? As Fat Loss Foodies, we know how to make fries taste delicious AND fit our goals and lifestyle. *Fist pump!*

Today, I'm sharing a non-traditional take on fries and including one of my favorite homemade dipping sauces: Carrot Fries with Apple Butter-Dijon Dipping Sauce.

On days when you're craving fries but don’t need a lot of starchy carbs on your plate, these are a MUST. They taste like sweet potato fries, but are slightly lower in starch. Try the Apple Butter-Dijon Sipping Sauce to take the flavor over the edge!


Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 whole carrots, ends removed, peeled 

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary

Sea salt & fresh black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.

2. Cut the prepared carrots into long, thin fries: cut them once length-wise, then cut again length-wise.

3. Arrange carrot fries on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss with clean hands until evenly coated and spread in a single layer on the baking sheet.

4. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, tossing once to ensure even cooking. 

5. Turn the broiler on in your oven and cook the fries about 2-3 minutes longer, or until the outside of the fries are crispy. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Serve with dipping sauce. 

 

Apple Butter Dijon Dipping Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp. dijon mustard

½ tsp. whole grain mustard 

1 tsp. apple butter (you can make your own or use store-bought…just check ingredients!)

½ tsp garlic powder

salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and stir well. Serve!

COOK'S NOTE: This sauce is great for dipping both carrot fries and sweet potato fries!