4 Healthy Twists on Tater Tots

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We’ve got nothing against french fries, but when it comes to fried potatoes, we’d rather dig in to a basket full of crispy tater tots. Deep fried until golden brown, tater tots have gained a cult following, and it’s no wonder: Their melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness simply cannot be beat. The only downside? They tend to pack major calories and saturated fat. To solve this problem, we’ve rounded up four healthy twists on tater tots that swap potatoes for other veggies (think broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower). Rather than hitting the fryer, these better-for-you bites get baked in the oven, resulting in tots that are just as crispy and flavorful as the originals. Whip them up tonight for a healthier way to celebrate National Tater Day!

4 Healthy Twists on Tater Tots

Broccoli Tots

If you’re searching for ways to sneak more fiber-filled broccoli into your diet, look no further than these mouth-watering broccoli tots from The Two Bite Club. Steamed broccoli is combined with cheddar cheese, chopped onion, breadcrumbs, and eggs and then placed in a mini muffin tin to form the tots. Bake them until golden brown, and you’ll have a delicious snack or side dish.

4 Healthy Twists on Tater Tots

Zucchini Tater Tots

The best part about these tasty zucchini tater tots from She Likes Food may be that they contain just four ingredients: zucchini, potatoes, salt, and olive oil. Shredded zucchini stands in for some of the potato, adding extra nutrients like fiber and vitamin A. Serve them up with ketchup for a treat that’s just as delicious as traditional potato tots.

4 Healthy Twists on Tater Tots

Baked Cauliflower Tots

The versatility of cauliflower never ceases to amaze us, and that includes this delicious tot recipe from Just a Taste. Simply pulse cooked cauliflower in a food processor and combine it with diced onion, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and an egg. Mold the mixture into tot shapes and bake in the oven until crispy.

4 Healthy Twists on Tater Tots

Baked Sweet Potato Tater Tots

As this recipe from the Minimalist Baker shows, sweet potatoes make a great stand-in for regular spuds in tater tots. They add surprising sweetness as well as major nutrients (think fiber and vitamin A). In this recipe, mashed sweet potatoes get tossed in a coating of sugar, cinnamon, breadcrumbs, and corn starch, resulting in a crispy, delicately sweet crust.

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