I was intrigued with this recipe when I saw The Healthy Librarian had posted it on her facebook page. I have never had Chili Cheese Fries – in fact I don’t think I have ever seen them on a menu or seen a recipe for them before! Since I always enjoy the same recipes and foods that Deb The Healthy Librarian posts I knew I had to give this recipe a try.
Nutrition per serving (based on 4 portions): 308.7 calories, .675 g fat, 15.9 g protein, 62.5 carbs, 5.7 g sugar – See the recipe here.
Yesterday afternoon I prepped all of the ingredients for this recipe so come dinner time all we had to do was assemble our plates. This meal was so simple but delicious and hearty.
Instead of using Brandi’s recipe for fries I made my own favorite oven fries using Jeff Novick’s method which is simple and results in perfect fries every time. Go ahead and bake your potatoes whole as you normally do. Let them cool and then refrigerate. Once they are completely cold you can easily slice them into wedges for “fries” and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper or no-salt seasoning and broil them until they are lightly browned – turning as needed. Perfect Fries! You can do this with sweet potatoes too and they are to die for!
I made Brandi’s chili recipe but I added an extra can of beans – pinto as that is what I had and I also added a 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin because we love that flavor in our chili. My vegan “cheese’ sauce was a little too runny so I added a couple tablespoons of cashews to it and it was really creamy and thick. A generous sprinkle of chopped cilantro over the top was all it needed. Hubby Tom and I both give it a two thumbs up! He remarked about how filling it was – guys love that!
Happy Healthy Plant Based Eating!