I think the best part about plant-based eating is that you can actually have your cake and eat it too. In this case, you can even have the most indulgent, decadent, seemingly “bad for you foods” even on a healthy diet! And how is that possible you may wonder? Well, you simply upgrade the ingredients! And that is exactly what we are going to do. We are going to wave our magic food wand and do the impossible! Make actually healthy animal-style fries that are even vegan! I love when you can enjoy your favorite indulgences without the guilt. Don’t you?
Just for a little context here, the main reason that most foods are unhealthy is because they contain low-quality, cheap ingredients that contain far too many chemicals, preservatives and food-like substances. In the case of animal-style fries, made so very popular from the California fast food chain, In-N-Out Burger, the pitfalls lie in the ketchup, relish, white potato fries, mayonnaise, and cheese. Ketchup and relish most always contain high fructose corn syrup, a genetically modified sugar-like substance known to cause obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. White potatoes are empty white carbs that lead to quick weight gain, blood sugar imbalance and increase risk for diabetes. Mayo is almost always made of soybean oil, a low quality genetically modified oil that causes body-wide inflammation. And finally cheese. The cheese used in the regular recipe is loaded with hormones and antibiotic residues, and can be a huge stress on digestion in the body and is quite inflammatory. So, for all those nasty, unhealthy, disease-causing ingredients, we are going to upgrade them. Upgrade them to clean alternatives, far richer in nutrients, giving you not only the same great taste, but a piece of mind as well.
Give this recipe a try, and see how actually healthy animal-style fries can transform your life, and your clean eating diet! Enjoy!
Vegan and Healthy Animal-Style Fries
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, washed and sliced into fries
- 3 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp unheated sea salt
For the “Cheesy Mayo”:
*this recipe will make extra – store in refrigerator for later use
- 2 c cashews
- 1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp unheated sea salt
- 1/2 c purified water
For the Secret Sauce:
- 1 tbs ketchup, organic (no high fructose corn syrup like Organicville)
- 1 tbs relish, organic (no high fructose corn syrup like Trader Joes brand)
- 1/2 c “cheesy mayo”
For the Caramelized Onions:
- 1 tbs coconut oil (if you eat dairy, you can use ghee)
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 375°
Toss sweet potato fries in 2 tbs coconut oil and 1/4 tsp salt.
Grease a baking sheet with 1 tbs coconut oil.
Evenly spread out fries on the baking sheet and put in oven.
Cook for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown, and flip.
Cook for another 20 minutes, or until crispy. Take out to cool.
“Cheesy Mayo” Sauce:
Combine all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender.
Note: if you are using a high-speed blender, you must have a tamper, like what comes with the vitamix, to mix the ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Grease a large flat-bottomed sauté pan large enough to fit the onion comfortably.
Heat the pan on medium-high heat, until the oil is shimmering and add onion.
Coat the onion in the oil.
Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally. Depending on how strong your stovetop burner is you may need to reduce the heat to medium or medium low to prevent the onions from burning or drying out.
Let cook for about 20 – 3o minutes, or until the onions have caramelized to a nice brown color. Be sure to toss the onions around throughout the process to prevent burning.
The trick is to let them alone enough to brown (if you stir them too often, they won’t brown), but not so long so that they burn.
Secret Sauce (1/2 cup):
Combine 4 tbs of mayo with 1 tbs ketchup and 1 tsp relish and stir until completely mixed up.
This ratio makes 1/2 cup, so make more or less depending on how “saucy” you want your fries.
Fill a plate or bowl with fries, then top with secret sauce and then caramelized onions. Eat with a fork and enjoy!