Fries, Ketchup & Mayo – Why not? It’s good for you!

Posted by: on Apr 19, 2013 | 26 Comments


Last night I had one of those dreams that makes you kinda wish you’d never wake up. As you might know Fabian and I (& minisprout) have moved into to another home just by the sea. Honestly I feel like a plant with a huge sign that reads ”Natural habitat – a forest of oak trees and deers” and still I get planted on a sandy shore. I truly do adore our new home despite the change of that natural habitat – we can never really know where the tango of life takes us, can we? Even if you think you have it all planned out and really well scheduled (ha!) surprises hide around every corner. Here I am living by the sea though I never thought I would (at least not in Sweden), I’m pregnant even though I was super hormonally challenged and I am a gardener without a vegetable garden (yet). Well that last part brings me to last nights oh so very passionate dream.

 … ”it was suddenly summer, I went outside to greet the sun and say hello to the trees when I suddenly became aware of a certain smell. I know that smell, I said to my self. It lead me to think of deep forests, sprouts, damp autumn days by a lake or simply the purity of new possibilities. It was a smell that lead me to turn around and while my jaw dropped in pure surprise and joy I took a few steps ahead. A huge, huge, huge pile of gorgeous soil lay right there in front of me. Just as I had asked for. I dug my hungry hands into the moist and warm softness of it all. I felt it fall through my fingers and before I woke up still feeling the sensation of fertile summer soil on my hands, I remember thinking ”someone did a good composting job..””…

Needless to say I long for my veggie garden but I will need a lot of good soil to get things growing in all of that sand. Still, after that dream I’m pretty certain that the universe supports me.

Anyway, there are still some pretty great winter vegetables left -like the Rutabaga- that require our attention.


Fun & Fabulous Facts

It’s a Rutabaga Revolution! My little sister and brother stayed over at our house last weekend and when eating these fries at dinner my brother asked me if I was inspired by a recent trip to Brussels (aka the city of moules frites) but that’s not really the case. These golden babes are probably as far from the fried-to-death ones served at every corner in Brussels. Plus, the kind of fries that usually hang out at various restaurants and fast food joints does not have as many antibiotic properties as the ones presented to you in this post. Yep, you heard me right, it’s time to quit walking past that odd round vegetable that you never know how to use. Let’s reach for the Rutabaga!

So let us peek inside this yellow fleshed root vegetable, Brassica napus once and for all. It looks rough and plain but it’s pretty outstanding with properties that strengthen digestion, detoxifies the liver (yay! we all need some of that) and as I mentioned before there are antibiotic as well as anticancer and antiviral properties. What really got me hooked was the antibiotic properties as I believe it is of extreme importance that we start recognizing food as medicine and rock a little prevention. It’s so much better then pumping your system full of antibiotic pills left and right just to end up with a weaker and weaker body. Sure the pill kind might be necessary at times but if we start valuing prevention (like rutabagas and many other friends) that number will get so much lower. Write Rutabaga on the medicine list and off to the market with you.


 |Raw Vegan| Rutabaga fries, Ketchup & Mayonnaise

You can choose to either eat these fries baked, raw as they are or dehydrated. I have tried all three versions and they all turn out absolutely delicious with the creamy and dreamy coating of hemp seeds and spices. Then dip them in the herb ketchup and ridiculous mayo.. Let me just say, it’s definitely a trip to heaven (the healthy kind!)

1 large rutabaga, peeled
1/2 tsp good quality salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
3 tbsp hemp hearts, ground
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1. Cut the peeled rutabaga in fries sized sticks and put in a large mixing bowl
2. Add all other ingredients and make sure the fries get evenly coated.

For Baked
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C / 392 degrees F
Place fries on a lined baking sheet (or two), making sure that they are not overlapping and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

For Raw/Dehydrated
Let the fries marinate in room temperature for 2 hours OR put them in the dehydrator for approx 10 hours

15 halves of sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup water
3 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil

1. Soak the tomatoes for at least 5 hours, add to a high speed blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend with all other ingredients including the soaking water until smooth. Done!

1/2 cup Cashews
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1/4 avocado
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 small clove of garlic
1 date, pitted

+ a small handful of finely chopped fresh parsley makes it pretty and adds a final flavor boost.

1. Soak the cashews for at least 5 hours, rinse well and add to a high speed blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend with all other ingredients until really smooth. Add some black pepper and salt if you wish. Done!


From a passionate garden dream and the powerful Rutabaga to a lovely weekend. Fill it to the top with things you adore and love and just need at this time, my dearest friends. I promise I will (ok, ok, I need to do some cleaning too..;)

..but here is the question; When are these fries going into your mouth and what will you pair them with? A sunset? A friend? A good book? A crazy dance?


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  1. Bell
    19 april, 2013

    this is AMAZING! YOU ROCK MY SOCKS OFF!!! i’m soooo making these once my stomach feels better and i stop throwing up! (stupid flu)

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      Hahah! Oh awesome! I love rocking your socks of! Big hug!

  2. Laura D
    19 april, 2013

    I love your gardening dream! So beautiful. I can’t wait to try your recipe :)

  3. Jobeenectar
    20 april, 2013

    Lovely! I cannot wait to try this. I have been looking for a perfect ‘fries’ recipe after kale went out of season here.. after a long winter of kale chips to go with our burger plate! Rutabaga is swede right?! It looks the same. Much love to your new home by the sea. Breathe in the amazing sea air and happy discovering the wild sea edibles! Mini sprout is a very lucky one indeed : ) x x

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      Hi! Yes, for sure, it’s the same rutabaga and swede. It has a lot of names actually:) Thank you so much for your support, love and kind words! I hope you and baby love are doing great!

  4. Thess
    20 april, 2013

    What a beautiful dream. I am sure you will fall in love with the sea as well, and grow a perfect garden filled with amazing health promoting plants. Although I am a mountain girl myself, I love both the sea and the forest as well, it is just so nice to feel the power of the elements around me. Your recipe sound absolutely amazing, can`t wait to try it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      M-mm indeed it’s a blessing to be surrounded by the different elements. It’s so grand.
      Big hug!

  5. Matilda
    21 april, 2013

    Elenore, you are simply amazing!! Many love and hugs to you and minisprout x

  6. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple
    22 april, 2013

    Elenore…oh, this may be one of my favorite posts of yours. Beautiful recipes. There’s nothing like fries and ketchup. I’ll be making this one soon.

  7. Clara P
    22 april, 2013

    Oh God I wish I could find rutabaga, if not, maybe sweet potatoes? Love the way you write and about the tango of life you are so right! you never EVER know! xx

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      Hi Clara,

      Sure thing! You can use sweet potatoes or even turnips!
      Good luck!

  8. Ivelina
    27 april, 2013

    I didn’t know you could also make fries from rutabaga :)! Makes me regret the rutabaga season is over here… Very creative approach towards fries with ketchup and mayo though!

    As for your dream, well, dreams can have tons of impact on us, don’t they? Good luck with starting vegetable garden in your new home!

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      Thank you so much for your sweet words! Yes, the sun is really starting to shine so the veggie garden is approaching :)

  9. Clara P
    27 april, 2013

    Ok, I got your email, thanks! Today I did this recipe but with turnips & sweet potatoes, DELICIOUS!!!

  10. Robyn
    27 april, 2013

    Lol…my kids were eating regular fries, bought ketchup and mayo for yrs as teenagers…this sounds much more like it…yum and thank you!

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 april, 2013

      I hope they’ll fall in love with this version then :)

  11. Sherilyn @ Wholepromise
    27 april, 2013

    Love these. You have inspired me to get back into using my dehydrator. Thank you.

  12. Lea
    30 april, 2013

    Hi Elenore,
    you’ve completely won my heart! I’m amazed by YOU, your energy, your trust and love and your awesome recipes. You feed me with inspiration. In both senses!!
    Much love and all the best,

  13. Annie
    3 maj, 2013

    Love the recipe, surely looks amazing!

  14. Jana
    7 maj, 2013

    oooooooooh my! I am doing a juice detox the last days and I loveee these fries even more:-) thanks for this raw-healthy-happy inspiration!

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    23 januari, 2016

    I made the raw mayo that was featured on Vegorätt, today.
    I ended up using a little more water and a few more cashews because I found the original recipe a little too salty for my personal taste but daaayum, this is the best mayonnaise I have ever tried by far!! Its the first vegan mayo that I have eaten that actually tastes like mayonnaise!

    Thank you so much for the good that you do and helping to inspire people who are transitioning into a cruelty free lifestyle.
    You’re amazing.

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