Vegan Chili Cheese Fries And Farro With Butternut Squash

September 24, 2010 by Keri

To me, chili cheese fries should be a “need I say more” sort of thing, but maybe you didn’t have a “cheese fries” stage in your younger years like I did.  Actually, these fries are drizzled with two different vegan cheese recipes: the first, a yellow cheese sauce recipe from Post Punk Kitchen, and the second a white cheese sauce recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook.  I highly recommend both recipes for all your vegan cheese sauce needs!  The rich, delicious Uncheese Melty White Cheez (page 60) is definitely one of my new favorites.  Along with the cheese sauces, I topped our fries with a hearty helping of vegan chili and chopped green onions.  Yum!

Vegan Cheese Recipes

Vegan Cheese Recipes

Vegan Cheese Recipes

I’ve also really been loving farro lately, an ancient high-protein and iron grain.  I think it’s actually replaced quinoa as my current favorite grain!  Farro has an amazing, almost pasta-like flavor, and is perfect when cooked al dente.  The bag I picked up at Costco had a non-vegan recipe for farro and roasted butternut squash on the back, but it still gave me a meal idea.  I roasted butternut squash cubes tossed in oil and balsamic vinegar, toasted walnuts, cooked the farro, and tossed them all together in a casserole dish.  What a great combination of flavors!

Vegan Farro Recipes

Vegan Farro Recipes

What’s your favorite grain?

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  1. Stefanie says:

    The chili cheese fries look really good. It is a 3 way tie for my favorite grain. I like oats, millet, and quinoa. They are all my favorites for different reasons. I am loving fall already with the recipes you have posted. 🙂

  2. Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama says:

    Farro is on my list to try! I looks and sounds amazing!

  3. Sava says:

    “The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook”??
    Why haven’t I heard about this yet? :O

    As a retired cheese lover I am doing anything I can to recreate that flavor, so that book sounds like something I definitely need to invest in.

    • Keri says:

      It’s really an amazing cookbook- a classic. She even includes recipes for block cheeses, which are next on my to-try from Uncheese Cookbook list. 🙂

  4. My favorite grains are groats and quinoa. I think both are absolutely delicious! I have actually never heard of farro, but i guess i have something new to try.

    As for your fries there, i have not had any sort of fried food since i became vegan (my original intent was health but then i found out more and stuck with it morally). But these look so good, i may have to bake some soon just for it!

  5. Tiffany says:

    Oh my goodness. Chili cheese fries are one of my lifelong favorite foods, and those photos are giving me serious cravings! I don’t often get to indulge in it these days; I rarely make fries or “cheese” sauces at home and finding vendors of vegan chili fries is difficult (around here, anyway).

    To answer your question: my favorite grain would have to be rice. It’s one of those things I was raised on eating that I still love. 🙂 I also love spelt and have yet to try farro.

    • Keri says:

      That would be amazing if some cart could just come by my house with vegan chili cheese fries… or vegan anything for that matter…
      I love rice too! My husband’s friend “doesn’t like rice”. How can you not like rice?! 😛