Squash Those Fries!
You’ve seen sweet potato fries, but what about squash? Acorn, butternut or other hard squash can make great fries that are a healthy alternative to typical deep-fried potato fries. Aside from the added vitamins and fiber, they hold more flavor and are very versatile and can be seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne or other seasoning—or made sweet with cinnamon and maple sugar!
1 butternut squash or other hard squash, like acorn squash
Salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Carefully remove the peel with a sharp knife or peeler.
3. Remove any seeds with a spoon.
4. Cut the squash into long, thin rectangular pieces (like fries).
5. Cover pieces in a liberal amount of salt and let them sit for 10–15 minutes.
6. Then soak pieces in a bowl of water for up to 30 minutes. If needed, you can let them sit and soak overnight.
7. Drain the water; pat them very dry.
8. Toss with coconut oil.
9. Lay them on a baking sheet and season with sea salt or your favorite seasoning.
10. Bake for 10 minutes; flip the fries over with a spatula and bake for another 10 minutes so both sides get browned.
11. The fries are done when they brown on the edges. You want them crispy, not soggy.