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HG's Cheesy Good Chili Fries
HG's Cheesy Good Chili Fries

Fries, Fries, Fries, YEAH!
No one in their right mind would ever think of chili cheese fries as a guilt-free food. But we're only human, and we LOOOOOOOVE fries smothered in chili and topped with cheese! Plus we promised you guys a swap a few months back, so we had no choice but to create a ROCKIN' version based on our famous Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries (and we're so glad we did!). Check it out...

One 2-lb. or half of a 4-lb. butternut squash (20 ounces once peeled and sliced)
1 cup low-fat veggie or turkey chili
1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. coarse salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Optional Toppings: fat-free sour cream, chopped scallions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Peel squash and slice off the ends. Cut in half widthwise, just above the round section. Cut the round piece in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

Cut squash into French-fry-shaped spears. Thoroughly pat dry. Lay spears on the sheets and sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.

Flip spears and bake until mostly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 15 minutes.

Transfer fries to a large oven-safe plate. Prepare chili as directed on the package, and pour over the fries. Sprinkle with cheese, and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!


Serving Size: half of recipe (1 HUGE serving)
Calories: 268
Fat: 1.25g
Sodium: 830mg
Carbs: 48g
Fiber: 10.5g
Sugars: 8.5g
Protein: 20g

PointsPlus® value 7*

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Chili Cheese Fries
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Chili Cheese Fries

Unwise Fries
If someone served you an order of chili cheese fries and asked you how many calories you thought it had, you'd probably guess about 600 or so, right? That's what we thought, anyway. But when we started poking around online, we noticed that many places serve up chili cheese fries that clock in with WAY more calories than that. Check out Dairy Queen's CCFs. An order of these freakish things has 1,220 calories and 72 grams of fat. EEEEKS! You'd have to share that with at least 5 friends (or random fry-lovers) to make ordering it non-disastrous. And that's not even taking into account how unhealthy all of DQ's ingredients are! The fries usually come topped with sour cream, but even if you skip that stuff, your order'll still have an insane 1,100 calories and 60 fat grams!

Serving Size: 1 order
Calories: 1,220
Fat: 72g
Sodium: 2,520mg
Carbs: 114g
Fiber: 11g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 33g

PointsPlus® value 33*

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