|Baked fries with sriracha Just Mayo|
|Herb roasted potatoes with corn and vegan herb gravy|
Since I was never taught how to cook, I have taught myself through trial and error, cookbooks, cooking shows, and of course the webz. I used to think that to properly roast potatoes or I guess any vegetable, it took glugs and glugs of EVOO(extra virgin olive oil) Side note- I used to LOVE Rachael Ray, like LOVE and I dated a guy who would lose his mind when I would watch Rachael Ray, because she would say EVOO, and then explain that it was extra virgin olive oil, and it pissed him off so much. He would scream "why make up an abbreviation if you're just going to keep using the whole word anyway" It was pretty hilarious. He was a stand up comedian, and ended up adding some Rachael Ray jokes to his act.
But, back to roasting potatoes. I used to struggle with perfectly roasted potatoes or oven fries when I used a lot more oil. I used to feel like I over or under cooked them a lot, and I never was too much of a fan of super greasy, oily food. When I started the potato cleanse, I watched High Carb Hannah making oven fries, and she goes hardcore with no oil. I tried that, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the no oil flavor either. So, I feel like I have found the perfect compromise. I use coconut oil. First, I cut my potatoes in whatever shape I want, and then I take a small amount of coconut oil, like a half teaspoon or less, and I kind of rub it in my hands so it melts, and then I just massage my potatoes like it's kale! After that, rub the rest in your hands or face for some extra moisture! Then, season your potatoes however you prefer, and roast. It's a small amount of oil, and it makes a big difference in my opinion. I have no plans on going oil free, but I have learned that A LOT of recipes call for way too much oil. I haven't had a single issue since starting this method.I roast my potatoes at 400 degrees, and I get perfect potatoes every time.
I had been hearing rumors about this for awhile now, but it seems to be true. Wendy's fast food chain is starting to offer a vegan black bean burger! This is great news for many reasons. For many reasons I don't eat out very often, but I know from many road trips and trips on Greyhound buses that sometimes finding substantial vegan food is beyond impossible. I remember once stopping and the only place for food was an Arbys. Try veganizing something from the "Home of the roast beef sandwich" menu. But, fast food places like Taco Bell, Wendy's, Subway, on and on are everywhere, and a black bean burger will fill you up much more than a bowl of iceberg lettuce with some fat free Italian dressing. Also, in terms of non vegans trying something meatless, they might feel braver at Wendy's than walking into a Veggie Grill. It's safe and familiar. This is nothing but good news, and I hope it inspires a lot of fast food copycats!