These Avocado Fries are a fabulous low-carb side dish that is filling enough to turn into the main course!
Today, I am excited to be sharing these Avocado Fries with Dipping Sauce from Leanne Vogel's new book, The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence.
Since I have been flirting with eating keto this year, I was thrilled to learn that holistic nutritionist and fellow blogger, Leanne Vogel was coming out with a keto diet book. I've known Leanne through blogging for several years and have always admired her work. Everything she does is top-notch and her new book, The Keto Diet doesn't disappoint.
This is a book you guys are going to want to check out! Not only is it jam-packed with fabulous recipes, but it is also one of the best resources on the keto way of eating that I have come across.
What is Keto?
You probably have been hearing a great deal about the keto (or ketogenic) diet lately because emerging research suggest that it can help with a variety of conditions including epilepsy, cancer, and metabolic syndrome.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the Keto Diet is a low-carb, high fat and moderate protein diet. It isn't your standard Adkins diet, where are you are pounding back ridiculous amounts of meat and protein. Rather, the bulk of your diet comes from healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado.
The Ketogenic Diet switches the body from burning glucose to burning fat. When the body burns fat, it produces ketones which are used for fuel. When your body is using ketones as its primary source of fuel, you are in ketosis. Your energy needs are being met by fat rather than glucose. This means you can say goodbye to your blood sugar highs and lows.
Personally, the most incredible thing about the keto diet for me has not been the weight loss (I've lost 22 pounds), but how great I feel and how stable my blood sugar is when I eat this year.
The Keto Diet Book Features
Weighing in at over four pounds, The Keto Diet is packed with great information. The book includes 215 pages of information on the keto diets, including strategies for keto meal preparation and five different 28-day keto meal plans that are adjusted to suit your health status, carbohydrate preference and protein requirements. I especially like the section “How to Determine Your Fat Fueled Profile,” because it helps you to select the path that is right for you. It asks questions about things like if you have Hashimoto's, suffer from depression and about your relationship with food.
In addition to being a fantastic resource on the keto diet, this book has over 125 recipes. If you know Leanne's recipes, then you know this is something to get excited about!
All of the recipes are dairy-free and paleo friendly.
- 84% are egg-free
- 83% are coconut-free
- 90% are nightshade-free
- 67% are low-FODMAP
- 91% are nut-free
- 42% are vegan
Some of the recipes that I can't wait to try include:
- Classic Caesar Dressing
- Early-Day Jambalaya
- No-Beans Hummus
- Nori Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce
- Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves
- Shredded Beef Tacos
- Chipotle-Spiced Meatball Subs
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnut “Cheese”
What I Love
I tried keto several times before I finally made it work for me. The first couple of times, I just ended up feeling bad that I couldn't stick to it and frustrated.
I love Leanne's approach! This isn't a One-Size-Fits-All approach that will leave you feeling guilty. I also love that she shows you how to avoid the dreaded keto flu. She even has recipes to help you get through this transition period.
Leanne was kind enough to let me share one of the recipes from her book, and this is one you are going to want to try.
These Avocado Fries with Dipping Sauce are easy to make, tastes great and feel indulgent. It is hard to believe that you can eat this way and lose weight, but I am here to tell you that you can!
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- 2 large Hass avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 teaspoon Seasoning Salt (see below)
- 3 tablespoons refined avocado oil
- DIPPING SAUCE
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (homemade or store-bought)
- 3/4 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- FOR GARNISH
- 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Make the fries: Cut the avocados lengthwise into fry like strips (4 or 5 strips per avocado half.) Lay the strips on a clean surface and dust with 1/2 teaspoon Seasoning Salt, covering all surfaces.
- Place the avocado oil in a large frying pan and turn the heat to medium. Heat for 1 minute.
- Add the avocado strips to the hot oil and fry until golden on one side, about 4 minutes. (Fry them in two batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan.) Carefully flip each strip over and repeat until all the strips are golden on all sides. Transfer the completed fries to a clean plate and repeat with any remaining uncooked fries.
- Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the 3/4 teaspoon Seasoning Salt and the vinegar.
- Once all the fries are done, sprinkle with the parsley and pepper. Serve with the dipping sauce and enjoy immediately.
- 3 tablespoons ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons finely ground gray sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/4 teaspoons numeric powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
- 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place the ingredients in a 1/2-cup glad jar with an airtight lid. Cover and shake. Store in the pantry for up to 3 months.
- Recipes reprinted with permission from Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. Copyright 2017 Leanne Vogel