Super (Bowl) Veggie Fries
You probably know that the Super Bowl is next Sunday, February 2nd. (Actually, did you hear that they “reserve the right” to hold it any day between Friday and Monday, depending on the weather?! Crazy! But that’s beside the point.) Super Bowl “Sunday” offers something for everyone. Tell me which you like in the poll at the bottom of the post!
- If you like sports, it’s pretty much the biggest game of the year.
- If you like business, marketing, or funny commercials, it’s surely the most anticipated marketing day of the year. (Side note: one of my favorite Super Bowls was when I got to sit on the Kellogg Ad Review panel while I was getting my MBA; it’s a group of students that forms the ratings that get published in major media channels on the Monday following the event!)
- If you like music, the half time show is one of the best performances of the year.
- If you like parties, I’m guessing this day ranks close to the top.
- If you like food, goodness knows there’s a lot of it on Super Bowl Sunday.
- If you don’t like any of those … I don’t know what to tell you.
Now, back to the food. Would you believe that Americans spend $50 million stocking up on snack food for Super Bowl Sunday … and we’ll consume 325 million gallons of beer, 1.23 billion (with a b!) chicken wings, and 11 million pounds of chips? I’m all about splurging on occasion, but if you’re looking for some delicious and satisfying snacks that won’t break the calorie bank, then I’m here to help. I highly recommend my Creamy Kale Artichoke Dip, or my Veggie-Loaded Guacamole, but if you’re also looking for something that’s not a dip, then these fries are for you.
My initial plan for these Super (Bowl) Veggie Fries was so creative … the Broncos are orange (and blue) and Seattle is green and yellow, so I had all my bases covered. Unfortunately, I was thinking of the former Seattle Super Sonics, not the Seattle Seahawks (I’m a basketball girl at heart!), and lime green and navy just didn’t fit into my plan.
The colors may not have worked out, but the fries are still delicious, so I hope you give them a try anyway. They’re fun and easy to make, and a great way to get in your veggies on a snack-filled day. They’re best right out of the oven because they have a perfect balance of softness and crunch (when I microwaved them the next day, they were still tasty, but a bit too mushy).
Super (Bowl) Veggie Fries
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup egg substitute, or 1 large egg, beaten
- 1.5 Tbsp almond meal (fine to omit this if you choose)
- 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (also optional)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Chop your veggies into fry-shaped matchsticks.
- In a large bowl, pour 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt over your sweet potato sticks.
- “Stir” with your hands until all the fries are coated.
- Lay on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil, and slide into the oven for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, set up your dipping station. Pour egg substitute into one bowl, and mix panko crumbs, almond meal, Italian seasoning, parsley, parmesan, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a second bowl.
- Dip each zucchini and squash matchstick into the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
- Lay on a second baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil, and slide into the oven for 20 additional minutes. Be sure to monitor both the sweet potato fries and the zucchini/ squash fries so they don’t burn … I took my sweet potato fries out a bit before the 30-minute mark.
- Enjoy with marinara sauce, ketchup, salsa, or just on their own!
If made according to this recipe, each serving will have 104 calories, 3.5g fat, 15g carbs, and 4g protein.
So tell me in the comments … Have you ever made veggie fries? Why did you choose whatever you chose for your favorite part of the Super Bowl?