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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
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
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