gotta try this “fry!”

So, I’ve heard about people making “fried chicken” by baking chicken on a rack in the oven, but never really thought about it too much since I don’t eat chicken.   Today, as I was thinking of how to make healthy french fries, a lightbulb went off and I thought I’d try baking the fries on a rack in the oven.  I was AMAZED!  You’ve gotta try this.  

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“Fries”:

potatoes (I used yukon gold and russet – I left the skin on the yukon gold)

non-stick cooking spray

salt, pepper, anything else you’d want to season your fries with!

Preheat the oven to 400.

Slice the potatoes into strips (you can keep them as thick as you like your fries; but the thinner the strips, the crispier they’ll get). Spray them with non-stick cooking spray, rotating the potatoes to make sure they’re coated on all sides.  Place the potatoes on a wire rack that is placed on top of a baking sheet.  

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Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and anything else you’d like your fries seasoned with (a few ideas: garlic, cayenne, rosemary).  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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You could eat these with ketchup, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous try this cashew-cheese sauce!  No, it doesn’t taste exactly like nacho-cheese…that’s because it’s made with cashews and contains no dairy.  It’s great if you’re vegan/lactose intolerant – but I’m neither of those and I just really like how it tastes!  It’s not a fat-free option (again, cashews…) but it’s a better-fat option since cashews are a good source of unsaturated fats and contain zinc, iron and magnesium.  

Cashew-cheese sauce:

3/4 cup raw cashews (unsalted)

3/4 cup water

2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (this is one of those great ingredients you’ll find in a lot of vegetarian/vegan cooking – it’s a great source of vitamin B-12, and it has a nutty/cheesy flavor – you can add a few tablespoons to just about anything.  you can find it in health food stores/Whole Foods)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

3/4 tsp. tumeric

Place cashews in a heat resistant bowl, boil the water, and pour over the cashews.  Cover with a towel and let stand at least 45 minutes.  

Pour cashews and water in the bowl of a food processor, add the nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, cayenne and tumeric. Process until the sauce is smooth.  Pour over fries, tortilla chips, anything else!

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8 Comments

  1. Joejoe says:

    Looks yummy!!

  2. star on the rise says:

    from firsthand knowledge (and also, as a junk food “junkie,” if you will) these fries are amazing. I would eat them as a real fries substitute anytime…

    good job tali. let me know when you figure out how to make a healthy double-double and I’ll be over in no time

  3. tali says:

    so happy you liked them, star on the rise! we’ll get cracking on the double-double :) also, kudos on the creative username.

  4. star on the rise says:

    kudos to you on using the word “kudos” which you know is from where my true nickname derives…

  5. MikeMike says:

    Is there any way the two beautiful ladies who created this site could cook some samples of all these foods and have a big tasting party?

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  7. Serena says:

    Genius!!!

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