When I want to treat myself to something that tastes naughty but is actually nice, I make a batch of healthy cheesy fries. They’re oven-baked French fries with an all-veggie cheese sauce that’s thick, Cheddary and perfect for dipping! When I was a kid, I loved cheesy fries!
And when I say cheesy fries, I mean frozen crinkle cut fries we’d dip in atomic orange canned Cheddar flavored sauce.
This was the late 80’s and early 90’s, when we pegged our pants and looked up information in books. We drank Surge, bought Rick Astley cassettes and were all pretty much okay with canned cheese.
So fast forward to now. Many of us who knew and loved cheesy fries in our youth are now avoiding canned Cheddar sauce for lots of reasons, all of them valid. The frozen crinkle cut fry, which I’ll always have a soft spot for, is just no match for actual potatoes in my life. But I refuse to live in a world without cheesy fries goodness. And so I give you: Healthy Cheesy Fries! Real potatoes, baked in a little oil and some seasonings, dipped in a 100% plant-based thick and tangy Cheddar flavored sauce with an atomic orange glow that gives the cheese sauces of old a run for their money.
And the glow is from a carrot! How cool is that?? I love these fries, and I love this cheese sauce. Which isn’t even cheese, but never mind, neither is canned cheese sauce. The fries are baked up crisp and flavorful, and the cheese sauce is their perfect dipping accompaniment. The sauce even has some stretch to it! It’s just amazing.
I made these cheesy fries for my mom and I to enjoy for our weekly Project Runway-watching event last week, and they were so good I still can’t even believe it. Finger-licking scrummy all the way. I was devouring them like a 90’s kid high on Surge and mall perfume samples.
I was just going to ravish them and screw sharing the recipe, and she was like, take a picture and post this! It’s too good not to! So I grumpily tore myself out of the cheesy fries long enough to take some pics of them. So thanks, Mom. You’ve brought healthy cheesy fries goodness to the internet, and that’s worth a ton of deliciousness karma.
I worked out the nutrition for 4 servings. I assume you live in a more dignified world than me, where everyone is satisfied with one tater and 1/4 of the sauce. If you’re living in my world, where 2 potatoes and half the sauce is just about right, bear that in mind while you’re looking at the nutrition info. Or just don’t look at the nutrition info, and take my word for it that these are vegan, gluten free, clean eating and a great source of nutrients and fiber. And calories burn off, eventually, for sure. My word is good.
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If you're craving a good-old fast food treat, make a batch of these Healthy Cheesy Fries. They're oven-baked fries and a 100% veggie cheese sauce that tastes way cheesier than the real thing!
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 4 medium-large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries (leave the skins of for fiber and awesomeness)
- 1 Tbs oil
- about 1/4 tsp each:
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- black pepper
- any other seasonings you care to toss in
- 2 c peeled, cubed potato
- 1 carrot, chopped
- water for boiling
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked or regular paprika
- 4 tsp mustard (Dijon or brown work well)
- 1 tsp lower sodium soy sauce or tamari
- Position two racks in the center of the oven and heat to 465. Prep the potatoes and toss them in a large bowl with the rest of the fries ingredients. Toss well to make sure all the fries are coated with oil and spices. Arrange in single layers on two cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. When you take them out to turn, put the sheet that was on top below and vice versa.
- To make the sauce, combine the potato and carrot in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor or power blender.
- Add all the other ingredients to the food processor and process for about 2 minutes, or until totally smooth.
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Pin this cheesy fries madness! Ok. You know what would be perfect with these healthy cheesy fries? A healthy Frosty!! Vegan, clean and gluten free, yup yup yup, and it tastes thick, chocolatey and Frosty-licious. I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be trying some of the awesome fall recipes I’ve been sharing on Facebook, riding some bike, doing a little thrifting and painting a room yellow. Yay, should be lots of fun!! 🙂 ~Gin