Friday, May 23, 2014

Chili Cheese Fries: A Pregnant Woman's Craving

Three ingredients: Canned chili, Ragu cheese sauce and frozen French fries. Chili cheese fries recipe, made at home. That's what we had for lunch today. This frugal, pregnant mama has been craving them for days. I wanted them a few nights ago, but didn't have the ingredients, or energy to go to the store. Then I wanted them for lunch, right after I got off work. But I had to go straight home, so I couldn't stop by the store. So... I got the stuff this morning when Little Man and I went grocery shopping. It's so easy!
Recipe follows at the end.
 Preheat oven to 400. Spread the fries out on a silpat lined cookie sheet, or crinkle aluminum foil and put fries on that. Bake as directed on package.
Heat the chili up on the stove. (The beans tend to explode in the microwave.)
 Pour 1/3 c. to 1/2 c. Cheesy Ragu Double Cheddar sauce into a microwaveable measuring cup. Heat 20 seconds, stir, heat 25 seconds. And then it's ready to pour over top your fries and chili!
 Little Man's plate.
 He loved it, but didn't finish it. (He enjoyed a homemade popsicle afterward.)(*Healthier anyways. ;-D)
 I topped our with fresh chives! Something FRESH! lol
Hubby's portion, and yes, I reused the plate! It saved me a dirty dish! He was busy watering our new tree out front. And yes, the dogs thought lunch smelled delicious!
I got my craving food!
And saved money by making it at home.
Frozen fries: $2.00
Canned chili: $1.38
Ragu Cheese Sauce: $1.67+.50 coupon = $1.17
(Using the Ragu instead of a jar cheese dip/sauce saved me $2.71)
(And it was just as good!)
Total Meal: $4.55
Serves 3
My husband finished his and asked if there were free refills.
We ate it all.
He wanted more! So, I'm glad I bought enough to make them again!
(We eat healthy a lot, but sometimes it's nice to splurge.)
Chili Cheese Fries
1 bag steak French fries
1 can chili
1/2 jar Cheesy Ragu Double Cheddar Sauce
Fresh chives or green onion.
Cook fries as directed on package.
Heat chili in a pan on the stove.
Heat cheese sauce in the microwave in a pourable measuring cup, 45-60 seconds.
Layer: Fries, chili, cheese, chives.

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