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5 Healthy Alternatives to Your Favourite Potato Dishes

French fries, mashed potatoes, chips—here are nutritious takes on your most-loved potato-focused foods.

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roasted turnips

Instead of roasted potatoes try: Roasted turnips

Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim 2 pounds of turnips, and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil, and salt to taste. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until brown and tender. For added flavor, sprinkle with rosemary.

(Love turnips? Try our Turnip & Parmesan Gratin.)

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yams fries

Instead of French fries try: Baked yam fries

Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub yams and cut into 1/4 x 1/4 x 4-inch strips. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil, and a teaspoon each of ground cumin and ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable spray, and arrange yams on the sheet in a single layer. Bake for 25 minutes, turning once midway through. Check out more healthy swaps to improve your carb intake.

(Tip: Make sure you store yams and all root vegetables in a cool, dark, and humid place.)

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cauliflower mash

Instead of mashed potatoes try: Mashed cauliflower

Steam a whole cauliflower (or just some florets) until soft. In a large bowl, combine the steamed vegetable with 1/2 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of softened butter. Use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

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kale chips

Instead of potato chips try: Kale chips

Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse and dry kale leaves; tear into roughly 3 x 3-inch strips. Mist leaves lightly with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown and crispy. Here are more reasons to eat kale.

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celery root

Instead of a baked potato try: Baked celery root

Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel 4 pounds of celery root (about 3 pieces) and cut into 1-inch chunks. Toss with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons salt. Place in a roasting pan and bake 30 minutes. Stir, reduce temperature to 375°F, and bake 60 minutes more.  Now, check out other vegetables you should stop avoiding.

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