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Waffle Fries

By March 16, 2016February 18th, 2023Appetizer and Sides, Desserts, Egg Free

Waffle Fries

Waffle fries, cheese fries and chili fries

Weekend Eating

Do you wake up Monday morning with a “food hangover” and dreading the scale? In the past, I was what you would call a “week-day” dieter. I would be so good during the weekdays (probably because I was so busy) but on those relaxing weekends, I would let anything pass my lips. Yes, I said anything. All of the junk food I blog about staying away from, I was guilty of eating in my past life (several years ago). I would love Friday afternoons because it meant I no longer followed my rules of eating. I do not judge anyone for their diets because I was there once myself too. It was a long process to get where I am today.  That’s why I now love waffle fries.

Awhile back, Craig and I were at a Chinese/Sushi restaurant and I asked my husband “When was it, where I would see Crab Rangoon on a menu and not be tempted to order it?”… This wasn’t an over night process for me and I don’t expect it to be for you. One main thing that helped for me was to take note of how I felt in the morning after eating junk food.  Just how awful I felt the next day helped me make better choices.

The average woman eats 400 more calories (most of them in the form of carbohydrates) on a Saturday or Sunday than she does on a weekday, which can lead to a 9 pound gain over the course of a year.

This yoyo weight gain also causes a tired liver. Instead of hating yourself on Monday morning, keep some of my “healthified” treats on hand.

I actually do recommend a higher calorie day once or twice a week to help stimulate the thyroid and T3 production, but this doesn’t mean a “cheat day” of Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen. It means maybe a huge piece of “healthified” dessert that day or an extra serving of “healthified” waffle fries (if you aren’t dairy sensitive). I usually have my cheesecake or my ice cream recipe on those days (I’m not dairy sensitive). Where Craig prefers an extra hamburger (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth).

To read more on Over-Feeding Days, check out my book Keto Adapted. Thank you for your love and support!

 Waffle fries


Waffle Fries

Maria Emmerich
Servings 2


  • 1 8 ounce package Halloumi cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 servings "healthified" paleo chili
  • Garnish with cilantro
  • Serve with Peach Iced Tea


  • Preheat your waffle maker(I am currently giving away this one).
  • Spray with coconut oil spray.
  • Place 2 by 2 inch slices onto the waffle maker (I fit 4 in at each time).
  • Let cook for 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat and place on a platter. Serve with my "healthified" chili if desired!


Find more quick and easy recipe like this in my new book: Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking! 

Thanks so much for your love and support!

Waffle fries


Photo Testimony: “I have not been in the 150 range since I ran on the treadmill 5+ days a week at the gym!! Sooo happy!!!

This is only being on Maria’s plan for just a little over a month that I was able to accomplish this. If I can do this in just a little over a month I am confident I can make it to my pre pregnancy range of 125-135 fairly quickly. I am just stunned at how wonderful eating like this has worked and improved my overall well being! Thank you soooooooo much Maria Wojcik Emmerich :)))) Beth K.

To get started on your transformation, click HERE. 

Waffle fries

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Nathalie says:

    Miam!!!sounds good!

  • Odette says:

    Maria ,this sooo good ,i call them my toasties! As long as i can have toast,life is awesome !!!

  • Monica says:

    Love this idea! Do you think this might work with other cheeses? Thank you!

  • Beth says:

    looks yummy, will give this a try this weekend with some guacamole…. 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    Maria, I often see you recommend to serve with iced peach tea. I LOVE iced peach tea from restaurants (sugar loaded of course) but I have been unable to replicate a good tasting keto peach tea. What do you do?

  • Kristin says:

    Also, I love to see you promoting essential oils. Over the past year I have come to realize how powerful they are and what an essential component of natural living the oils are. Love them!

  • What makes halloumi cheese so special that I can’t try it with other kinds of cheeses?

    • Jenni says:

      Halloumi cheese doesn’t melt like other cheeses, so rather than oozing all over the place and becoming a gloppy mess, it retains its shape and gets brown and crispy. There’s at least one or two other types of cheese (I think they are Finnish and Latin American in origin?) sold as “bread cheese” or “grilling cheese” that have the same qualities. I have some bread cheese that I sliced thin and pan-fried to use like crackers, and it is crispy and delicious. Browned cubes of it also make for great vegetarian replacements for meatballs in pasta (or zucchini noodle/spaghetti squash/etc.), and they are great additions to a salad either as thin, crispy crouton stand-ins, or larger, slightly softer sources of protein.

      I have seen “cheese crisps” made by baking or pan-frying small amounts of more commonly available cheeses (also one recipe that called for microwaving small amounts of parmesan in a silicone mini-muffin pan for round crackers), but those cheeses will spread out and often expel a lot of fat as they heat up. Putting them in a waffle iron would likely end in a very messy disaster.

  • Willow says:

    I agree with Linda- any other cheeses one could try?

  • Audrey says:

    Wondering if other cheeses are ok to try.

  • Lynn Biasini says:

    Haloumi does not melt.

  • Nathalie says:

    Just tried it, so good!, You are such a creative cook! Thanks Maria, because of you Keto is never boring.

  • Michelle Applin says:

    Made this today! Was delicious and easy! Did all my chopping and prep first went together in a snap! Cheese is delicious! This is a must try! Don’t change the cheese you will be surprised!

  • Debbie says:

    I have never seen Halloumi Cheese in my local supermarkets. I have Trader Joe’s, Sprout’s and regular supermarkets like Ralph’s (SoCal), Gelson’s, Von’s, etc. Where is it found please? Maybe I’m looking in the wrong sections of the stores. TIA!

  • Corrie says:

    Maybe Wegman’s might have it if there’s one nearby?

  • Shannon says:

    Is the halloumi grass fed??

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