<span>4.Baked Butternut Squash Fries</span><br/>When you need a crunchy fry, these crispy squash spears fit the bill. Technically a fruit, butternut squash is full of nutrients like potassium and carotenoids (which help protect your heart). Speed things up by skipping the peeling step—the fries will still be delicious.
<span>5. Roasted Turnips with Parmesan</span><br/>Haven't ever really eaten turnips? It's time to give them a second look. They're inexpensive and their natural sweetness makes them seem like a real treat. Leave the skins on the turnips before roasting to make this already super-easy recipe even quicker. Try them alongside your favorite burger or sandwich recipe for a fry that's a vegetable in disguise.
<span>6. Healthy Baked Carrot Fries</span><br/>Here's a kitchen secret: when carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to sweet potatoes. That makes these beta-carotene-packed carrot fries all the more sweet. Just chop, toss in salt and pepper, and bake. Want to add some extra zing? Use your favorite spices like garlic, Old Bay, or crushed red pepper to up the flavor even more.
<br/><span>7. Delicious Zucchini Lasagna</span><br/>You won't miss the noodles in this meaty, cheesy lasagna that's packed with fresh zucchini. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles. Give it a whirl in the summer when farmers' markets and gardens are bursting with the vegetable.
<span>8. Easy Eggplant Lasagna</span><br/>If you love eggplant, this recipe's for you. If you don't love eggplant yet, you will after whipping up this pasta-free dish. It comes together quickly for a lasagna that's got all the flavor of the familiar version without the carbs. It's also insanely flexible: peel or don't peel the eggplant and make the slices as thick (or thin) as you like. Use jarred pasta sauce to speed things up even more.
<span>9. Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower</span> <br/>A creamy, cheesy alternative to typical mac and cheese, it's not a stretch to think this version is preferable to using elbow pasta, no matter what your relationship with carbs may be. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven. For a fancier twist, use your favorite non-cheddar cheeses or a combo (mozzarella and pepper jack, anyone?)
<span>10. Mashed Cauliflower With Garlic and Chives</span><br/>Move over, cream- and butter-laden mashed potatoes—there's a new side dish in town. This mashed cauliflower takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier "potato" pieces and work on your upper arm strength!), so get ready to enjoy a favorite comfort food minus piles of carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that's sure to be a hit.
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