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12 French Fry Recipes That Won't Kill You

Take a deep (fried) breath: These tasty fry alternatives are completely guilt free.

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Have these cajun sweet potato fries on the table faster than a trip to the drive-thru. Minimalist Baker /
Have these cajun sweet potato fries on the table faster than a trip to the drive-thru. Minimalist Baker /

The internet is still up in arms over a recent attack on our favorite salty side.

The study spurring the attack, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at potato consumption in 4,400 older people between the ages 45 and 79.

The alarming news? By the end of the eight-year study, 236 people had died. And researchers found that eating fried potatoes — including French fries, fried potatoes and hash browns — at least twice a week more than doubled the risk of early death.

But before you ban French fries from the menu forever, take a deep (fried) breath.

First of all, potatoes aren’t the problem. In fact, the study found that eating them boiled, baked or mashed didn't pose the same risks. We all know that hitting the drive-thru comes with a side of saturated fat and sodium. So if you’re craving fries, baking up a batch in the oven is still very much on the table as a part of a healthy diet.

Secondly, there are so many ways to elevate fries from a fast-food indulgence to a healthy (and surprisingly impressive looking) side dish — from playing with different herbs and spices to getting creative with veggies.

Do we have you craving a side of fries? Here are 12 recipes to add to your meal rotation that will keep them on the menu, without shortening your lifespan.

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Skinny oven fries Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Skinny Oven Fries

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Oven baked curly fries

Oven Baked Curly Fries

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Crispy baked avocado fries

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries

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Butternut squash fries

Butternut Squash Fries

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Paprika parsnip fries with Sriracha dipping sauce

Paprika Parsnip Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

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Grilled Carrots With Chipotle Lime Aioli

Grilled Carrot Fries with Chipotle Lime Aioli

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Crispy baked portobello mushroom fries

Crispy Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries

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Cajun sweet potato fries

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

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Crispy parmesan zucchini fries

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

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Yucca Fries with Mojo Mayonnaise

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Spicy spiralized shoe string jicama fries

Spicy Spiralized Shoe String Jicama Fries

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Easy roasted sunchoke "steak fries"

Easy Roasted Sunchoke “Steak Fries”

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