“Chili” Fries

>Mmmmmmm. I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for chili cheese fries. Yeah, not the healthiest thing in the world…french fries smothered in cheese and chili and more cheese. If I told you I whipped up a VEGAN, HEALTHY recipe for “chili” fries, would you lose it? I kinda did…;) This recipe will come in two parts: the french fries & the “chili.” You can use them independent of one another, of course, but I’m telling you…they’re bangin’ when you put them together!

P.S. Has anyone ever told you that potatoes are unhealthy/make you gain weight? THEY ARE WRONG!!!! If you eat FRIED potatoes, drenched in cheese or bacon or other fatty toppings, or creamy mashed potatoes with fatty milk and cheese…then yes. They will make you gain weight. 100% of the time. HOWEVER, potatoes are actually an extremely nutrient, potassium-rich carbohydrate and yes, they’re LOW in calories!!!! When I found this out, I could not contain my excitement. I am basically a potato–way deep down inside (if you ask my fam, they’ll tell you the same thing).

HEALTHY FRENCH FRIES

This recipe makes 1-2 servings depending on your hunger level! You can also share if you want…but….

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Yukon Gold Potato
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Salt & Peppa
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder

P.S. if you have some kind of seasoning mix that you like, use it up! You can season these fries however you like, but be sure there are no preservatives in the blend…companies can really get you with the added sugar, preservatives, or MSG in seasoning blends. Just read the labels carefully. 🙂

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash and dry the potato
  3. DO NOT SKIN THE POTATO! There are vital nutrients in the skin that you don’t want to miss out on!
  4. Cut the potato length-wise into 3 or 4 chunks, like this:
  5. Continue cutting length-wise into whatever fry thickness you’d like. The smaller the fry, the quicker it will cook!
  6. Put the french fries into a bowl of cold water and rinse 2 or 3 times. You will notice the water is foggy–that’s some the starch rinsing off of the potatoes. This will allow the french fries to becomecrispy in the oven!
  7. Dry off the fries on a stack of paper towels, patting down a handful at a time.
  8. Coat your nonstick baking sheet with olive oil spray or use parchment paper on a sheet pan and coat with olive oil.
  9. Line the french fries in the pan so they each have their own space. If they are on crowded, they will NOT cook correctly. They’ll turn out to be soggy lil’ messes. Beware.
  10. Season the french fries. Start with salt, then pepper, and so on. Season to your liking. You can always add more later once they’re done baking!
  11. Pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes, and then take them out and turn them over! Here, you can give them a little spritz with olive oil and season again.
  12. Leave them in for another 5-15 minutes depending on how crispy you want your french fries! Mine were in for about 20 minutes exactly.
  13. Don’t forget to turn off your oven!

THE “CHILI”

Lentils are the best thing since ever. Get ready for your new favorite lentil chili recipe! It is SO easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry brown lentils
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 sprigs of cilantro
  • One smashed clove of garlic
  • Salt & pepper (taste as you go)
  • Mole sauce (you can buy pre-made at the store or make your own! my host family made mole for me in Mexico and we had leftovers, so I just used that)

Directions

  1. Heat a saucepan (preferably wide and shallow) on high heat with the 3 cups of water
  2. Add salt & pepper to your liking! A teaspoon of each is always a good place to start and then taste as you go.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While the water is boiling, put your dry lentils into a bowl with cold water and rinse. You want to pick out anything that isn’t supposed to be there–like little stones or fragments of wheat! Sounds crazy, but it’s normal. They will usually float to the top andyou can pick them right out, but be sure to move the lentils around and inspect.
  5. Drain the water from your lentil bowl and put into the boiling pot of water!
  6. As it is working back up to a boil, add your cilantro, garlic, and halved tomatoes (face down so the skin is facing you) to the pot!
  7. Once the pot is boiling, cover it with a tight lid and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  8. Let it cook for 15-20 minutes. Avoid removing the lid too much, as it will slow down the cooking time! You want the water to be completely dissolved at this point. Your lentils should be full and puffy. 🙂
  9. Remove the garlic or chop it up into bits and leave it in the chili! Remove the cilantro stems.
  10. Add your mole sauce! About 1/2 to 1 cup of sauce will do. You will have a lot of leftover chili, which is an awesome thing! Leftovers rule!

THE MARRIAGE

Y’all, add your chili atop your deliciously seasoned, HEALTHY french fries and top with avocado & whatever other toppings you’d like! Provecho (enjoy in Spanish)!

 

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