Whether thinking about what to put in your kid;s next lunch sack or deciding which snack to munch on at your office desk,there’s an alternative to those packaged, processed potato chips (packed with trans fats, calories, salt and the carcinogen acrylamide) at the store or those greasy (but delicious) french fries from In-and-Out. These snacks are obviously unhealthy and should be avoided, but is this realistic for our everyday lives? I mean, let’s be completely honest, the majority of us don’t typically enjoy snacking on celery sticks for our mid-day snack.
Both of these snacks presented below are 100% vegan and 100% delicious.
I seasoned my sweet potato fries with a mix of cayenne pepper, garlic seasoning, and cumin. I chose to make my fries a little more spicy because I find that the heat of the spices partners with the sweetness of potatoes in the best way.
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1-2 tbsp spice of choice of a combination of several spices (chipotle powder, paprika, Chinese five-spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper, are all great choices)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Peel the sweet potatoes with potato peeler/skinner. Cut the sweet potatoes into circular slices (~1/4 inch thick). Or you if you’d like a more traditional “french fry,” cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise.
- Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and toss with oil, spices, sugar, and salt.
- Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet (if you want to ensure that the potatoes don’t stick to sheet, you can spray it with Pam cooking spray instead of greasing it with oil (this will reduce the calories and fat)
- Bake for ~25-30 minutes, depending on how thick your potato wedges are sliced. After the first 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip each potato slice onto their other side. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. They should be golden browned and crisp when ready. ***Check on them every 5-10 minutes to ensure they aren’t being burnt.
‘Cheeezy’ Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale (rinsed, dried)
- 1 cup cashews (soaked in water for 2 hours and drained)
- 1 Red Pepper (sliced)
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- Salt + Pepper (to taste)
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Rinse and dry the kale bunch. Remove the kale leaves from d inner stems. ut longer leaves in half or preferred bite size pieces.
- Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it yields a creamy and consistent sauce
- Pour mixture on top of kale and toss (try to get a equal amount of ‘cheeeze’ sauce on each kale leaf)
- Place kale on top of a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil (sprayed with Pam cooking spray)
- Bake for ~20 minutes. Check chips after 15 minutes baking and make sure they’re not burning (may need to bake for short/longer period of time depending on how much ‘cheeeze’ sauce is applied)
- Remove from oven when kale