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Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce

The cure to trying to eat your vegetables when you’re really not a vegetable person is making everything into either fries or chips. Am I right? It’s all the rage right now. And for good reason.

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini SauceSomehow a nutritious vegetable becomes less “nutritious” and more “mmmm, I’ll have another” when it’s baked to crispy perfection. It just works. Embrace it.

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini SauceThese parsnip fries are coated with savory seasonings and then baked at a high temp until the seasonings cook into a crisp crust and the parsnips turn deep brown. I paired these with a creamy, smoky, tahini sauce that is probably my new favorite condiment everrrr.

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini SauceHigh five, man! These are so good.

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Fries
  • 3 large parsnips
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 t. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ t. Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • ¼ t. black pepper
  • 1 T. chopped parsley (optional)
Smoky Sauce
  • 2 T. tahini
  • 3 T. plain yogurt
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 1 t. smoked paprika
  • dash of smoked salt
Instructions
Fries
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash, peel, and cut parsnips into spears.
  3. Pour oil, nutritional yeast, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper into a large ziploc bag.
  4. Add parsnips to the ziploc bag and toss thoroughly until all of the seasoning mixture is coating the parsnips.
  5. Empty parsnips onto a cookie sheet and spread out into a single layer.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until brown, turning every 5 minutes. (Should take about 20 minutes total).
  7. Remove fries to serving platter and top with parsley if desired.
Smoky Sauce
  1. While the fries are baking, stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Taste and add more smoked salt and lemon juice if desired.
  3. Serve alongside fries and enjoy!

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini SauceThese fries are a great healthy side dish that happen to be vegan (that’s why they are “cheezy” and not “cheesy”)! Even the sauce is totally guilt-free (aka, not just dressed up mayo), so you can dip to your heart’s content. I certainly did. Edited to add: I haven’t tried this yet but you can make the sauce vegan too by using a soy yogurt or even vegan mayo if you like!

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce

Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce

It’s a PERFECT 75 degrees outside! I’m gonna go enjoy the sunshine! Happy weekend everyone!

-Lauren

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  • Sandra April 5, 2014, 3:10 pm

    This looks sooooo goooood! One question – what can I use instead of nutritional yeast (hubby is allergic)? I want to make this ASAP! Thanks

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul April 6, 2014, 10:14 pm

      If you eat cheese you could use Parmesan instead of nutritional yeast! I would wait until the final 10 minutes of baking to sprinkle the cheese on. Hope you get a chance to make them! :)

      • Sandra April 7, 2014, 8:36 pm

        I was thinking that too. I will be making them sometime this week! Thanks

  • Ellie@Fit for the soul April 7, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Lauren, this recipe is soooo beautiful! Love the tahini base and nutritional yeast. I’ve been sprinkling it on popcorn to keep it low fat and somewhat healthy, and omgness. Droooool, try it! lol.
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    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul April 7, 2014, 3:10 pm

      Thanks Ellie! OH MAN I love it on popcorn too! It reminds me of this really junky white cheddar popcorn I used to eat when I was a kid, haha!

  • Lauren April 7, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Wait, doesn’t the yogurt make these not vegan? Either way, they look great! I’m loving nutritional yeast and tahini right now!
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    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul April 7, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Oh thanks for pointing that out, I meant that the fries were vegan but I totally forgot about the sauce! Editing that now! :)

      • Lauren April 7, 2014, 5:33 pm

        Ha, no problem! I thought you were maybe pulling a me… “That salad was made with tofu, it was vegan! Oh yeah, except for the cheese and egg that was also in it…” :P
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