Recipe: Paleo Parsnip Fries

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Oh how I miss french fries! Don’t you? If you cannot tolerate white potatoes because they are a nightshade, or if you are following the Paleo diet you are going to love this simple recipe! These parsnip fries look and taste just like french fries!

It is fine to eat french fries once in a while if you eat white potatoes, but they must be made at home because of the fat. Restaurants love to use rancid vegetable oils (that they think are healthy) like canola oil, which is totally inappropriate for high heat cooking.

Traditionally french fries were deep fried in tallow or lard. Due to conventional misinformation about saturated fats, commercial fries are loaded with toxic additives. I fried these chips in tallow, which is a stable saturated fat that can handle high heat cooking. Tallow is actually very healthy in spite of what you have been told by health officials. I get my tallow from grassfed animals and it if full of beneficial CLA. This fat supports the heart and brain.

Conventional fries are fried in highly processed, chemical laden, rancid and deodorized vegetable oils like corn, soy, cottonseed or canola. Ninety percent of the corn, soy, cottonseed and canola crops are genetically modified in this country. That means that they are dangerous due to the genetic modification and they are laced with dangerous pesticides that are detrimental to gut bacteria.

In addition, many fries are coated with a wheat starch to make them crispy. If you think by eating french fries, you are avoiding gluten, forget it.

Paleo Parsnip Fries




  1. Clean and peel the parsnips
  2. With the knife cut into french fry size pieces – at least 1/4 inch thick and 2 inches long
  3. Or you could use the mandolin and set it to 1/4″ – watch your fingers!
  4. Place all the cut parsnips into the dish and pour some oil over them and with your hands distribute the oil or fat over the dish and the parsnips
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste
  6. Bake at 325 º F for about 30 – 40 minutes, turning them every 8 – 10 minutes
  7. Serve immediately

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Check out my recipe for Healthy Homemade Vege Chips

Shared at: Real Food Wednesday, Hearth & Soul Hop

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  • Lynda Hardy December 31, 2014, 12:39 pm

    My husband loves parsnips – I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! I’d really like it if you’d share this at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos this week for our first Awesome Life Friday Link Up

  • Jamie M January 14, 2015, 8:01 pm

    Wow. These look so delicious. My mouth is watering.