Isn't that an oxymoron? Chili cheese fries can't possibly be low-fat, can they? If they are made the #thevegan8way, they can be. These are comfort food, without the guilt or extra lbs. Potatoes are super filling and good for you and so is every other ingredient. So, go on, eat chili cheese fries happily, no shame. This is basically healthy fast food. It takes a little longer than a drive-thru, but certainly worth the health factor and effort. As promised on Instagram, here is the recipe.
Funny little story about that adorable litte hand there. I was standing on top of my wobbly ottoman to capture this overhead shot (the things we do as bloggers) and I didn't even realize my daughter was reaching for the fries. I was focused on centering and just didn't notice it. I did hear her say beneath me, "oh, these aren't cooked yet". Haha. When I was editing my photos, I just beamed when I saw this photo. I swear, something that simple made me so happy. Her beautiful little hand. This is probably one of my favorite photos ever now. I know, I'm a total goober, but I'm just being honest. It was unexpected.
Ok, back to these bad boys.
Big sloppy, messy plate of yumminess right there. This is kind of like a fast food type of chili...simple and few ingredients to meet that craving. If you are wanting a full blown chili recipe, be sure to try my Mexican Chili. It's gotten rave reviews here on the blog and on Instagram and it's 1 Pot!
This recipe is made for anybody really, as it is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, grain-free and nut-free and extremely low-fat. Just 8 ingredients (+ salt & water).
This recipe is full of protein. Who the heck says you can't get enough protein on a vegan diet?? That is the biggest misconception out there, not to mention, there is such a thing as too much protein, which can be harmful to your kidneys. I used to eat a ridiculous amount, yet still felt hungry. Now I eat a balance of protein, lots and lots of good carbs, some fats and guess what, I've never felt better because they are whole foods. Carbs are not the enemy friends...not the natural, plant-based ones. Carbs are full of fiber and vitamins and digest way better than protein. There is practically protein in every plant based food, naturally. Have you ever heard of anybody being protein deficient? Nope. This amazing recipe clocks in at less than 1 g fat per serving and almost 16 g protein!! Yeehaw.
It is super simple too, just following a few steps. You will first bake the potatoes and while they are baking, prepare the incredibly simple chili quickly over the stove and then the cheese.
I decided to get a little creative with the cheese part. After you make this yummy chili mixture, you will take part of it and blend that up with some nutritional yeast and lemon juice and it makes the cheese really flavorful. When combining it all together on the plate, it's a happy tastebud party!
Can't wait to hear what you think of these, so please leave me feedback below in the comments after you make them! I love to keep permanent track of my recipe comments, so it’s much appreciated. You can also tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 with hashtag #thevegan8, so I don’t miss it! My feed moves quickly, so without the hashtag, I may miss your beautiful creation!
For another delicious, healthy fry recipe, check out my Low-fat Spinach Artichoke Fries!