cook / by Erica Ptak
Erica Ptak is the co-founder and principal of A+E Creative Co., a local brand marketing and communications studio. For more information on her services, visit aecreativeco.com or visit her Instagram at @aecreativeco.
Sweet Potato Fries 3 small sweet potatoes 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. corn starch 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. smoked paprika ½ tsp. black pepper Greek Yogurt Avocado Dip 5 ounces plain Greek Yogurt 4 ripe avocados ½ cup cilantro 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 garlic clove Juice of 1 lime Pinch of salt and pepper to taste Vegan Queso 1 cup raw cashews
Guiltless Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
1 cup salsa 1 cup nutritional yeast 2 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. chili powder ½ tsp. sea salt cup water 4 ounces green chilies Toppings: Sliced jalapenos Cilantro Black beans Tomatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 3-inch-long strips, about ¼ inch wide. Place sliced sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add all ingredients, mixing until evenly coated. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and evenly layer sweet potato fries on cooking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then take fries out and flip with spatula. Place fries back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they begin to slightly brown. For avocado dip, add all ingredients listed into a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until all ingredients are combined for a smooth consistency. For queso, add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until all ingredients are combined for a smooth consistency. Place baked sweet potato fries on serving dish. Top with desired amount of Vegan Queso, Greek Yogurt Avocado Dip, and toppings. Enjoy!