As a student I ate a lot of Chilli Cheese Fries and when I was travelling, with friends in the USA, I think my intake doubled. Mainly ordered in bars or in fast food restaurants, they certainly weren’t the healthiest of choices. I’m a lot more health conscious now and they no longer exist in my diet, and definitely not in my kids diet…..until now! These healthy chilli cheese fries are packed full of veggies and taste amazing.
A while ago I served some left over chilli with left over sweet potato wedges to Finn and Rory. They went crazy over it and this is when I thought of making these Healthy Chilli Cheese Fries. They are made up of baked sweet potato fries, chilli packed full of veggies, a little cheese and some guacamole. This version is much lower in fat and sodium than most chilli cheese fries and is packed with goodness.
Still not convinced that these are healthy? Have a look at what they are made up of
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potaotoes provide a range of nutritional benefits. One medium sweet potato contains well over our daily requirement of Vitamin A and gives us a good dose of Vitamin C, potassium and fibre. They are baked instead of fried.
If you use my chilli recipe then your kids will get a dose of the following vegetables; tomatoes, onion, celery, capsicum (pepper), zucchini (courgette) and eggplant (aubergine). Simmered for a long time the vegetables breaks down and the kids won’t even notice them!
My guacamole recipe is made using avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, lime, coriander and no added salt for the kids. Pretty healthy, right?
I grated the tiniest amount of cheese on Rory’s portion (due to salt levels) and a little more on Finns. A little is more that enough especially when it is topped with guacamole.
Healthy Chilli Cheese Fries
- 1 kg Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Smoked paprika (optional)
- 2 cups of cooked chilli
- 1 cup guacamole (approx)
- 1/4 cup grated cheese. (approx)
- Pre heat oven to 200c / 400f
- Wash and peel sweet potatoes
- Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch (about 60mm) thick fries
- In a large bowl mix the cut sweet potato with the oil and smoked paprika until fully coated
- Place the sweet potato fries in a single layer on a baking tray.
- Bake until tender and browned (approx. 15-20 mins), turning occasionally.
- Portion out the fries and top with some chilli, a little cheese and some guacamole.
See links for chilli and guacamole recipes.