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February 11, 2013

Vegan Cheese Fries?! They Do Exist!

 

Photo courtesy of The Empower Network.

If you’re following a vegan diet, I bet you figured your days of indulging in cheese fries were over. Wrong!

Not the traditional greasy, dairy-laden cheese fries of course. But these vegan cheese fries are just as tasty, and do a lot less damage!

Vegan “Cheese” Fries

Ingredients:

1 jicama, peeled

1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 cup almonds

extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes

1 1/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 cup cashews

1/2 tsp. cumin powder

4 drops lemon essential oil

sea salt

Instructions:

Soak raisins in water for 10 minutes. To make the “fries,”  cut peeled jicama into french fry shaped pieces. Add jicama fries to a large bowl and toss with 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper. Season with salt, to taste. To make the “meat”, add almonds, 1  tsp. chili powder, and 1/2 tsp. paprika to a food processor. Add a drop of olive oil and process until smooth. Add raisins and sun dried tomatoes and continue processing until chunky.

If necessary, add a little more olive oil to get correct texture. Empty contents and set aside. To make the “cheese,” add bell pepper, cashews, 1/4 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp. cumin powder and lemon essential oil to food processor and process until completely smooth. Season with salt to taste. Assemble by placing “fries” on a plate, topping with the “meat” and finally the “cheese.”

 

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Ed: Kate Bartolotta

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