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Easy Paleo Potato Substitutes

By Stephanie Vuolo, B.A.
January 10, 2020
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Following The Paleo Diet® doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite dishes – with slight modifications you can recreate almost any of your favorite recipes. And remember, according to Dr. Cordain’s 85/15 rule as long as you eat Paleo 85 percent of the time, it's okay to indulge in your favorite non-Paleo foods the other 15 percent of time.

That said, it can still be important to find Paleo replacements to your favorite holiday dishes, food cravings, and kid-friendly snacks to make living the Paleo Lifestyle easier. Here are our best recipes to replace white potatoes!

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Sweet Potato Fries

While white potatoes are not Paleo, sweet potatoes are! Sweet potatoes are root vegetables in the family Convolvulaceae, or morning glory, whereas potatoes are tublers in the Solananceae, or nightshade, family. Potatoes contain several harmful substances such as saponins and lectins, which may increase your intestinal permeability and hence increase the risk of autoimmune diseases.

Our Paleo french fry recipe dusts sweet potato sticks with onion powder, chili powder, and black pepper, but you can use any Paleo spices you'd like. Cook them in an air fryer or bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes in the oven for a delicious snack or side to any lunch or dinner.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Creamy pureed cauliflower tastes just like mashed potatoes, but is so much healthier. While cauliflower already boils faster than potatoes, you can swap fresh florets for frozen riced cauliflower to help save even more time.

This recipe only requires five ingredients for a tasty Paleo Thanksgiving staple.

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Paleo Zucchini Fritters

These crispy fritters can be served for breakfast as a substitute to hash browns or used as an easy after-school snack! Just grate, drain, fry and enjoy! You can also replace shredded zucchini with shredded sweet potatoes for more palate variety.

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Beet Chips

If you're craving something crunchy, look no further. While kale and sweet potatoes may be the classic Paleo chip, beets should not be overlooked! The natural sweetness of beets plays well with savory rosemary and lemon zest, for an easy and irresistible snack.

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