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"Healthier" Nachos

Posted by Amy V.

Family Favorite - Nachos!

Growing up, we used to have nachos as our after school snack. We would pop a bunch of salty tortilla chips on a plate, pour on some shredded cheese that we kept in the microwave, and then eat gooey cheesy nachos while we did homework. The grease stains would get everywhere and the cheese would harden and stick to the plate. It was the best!

In retrospect it's not that surprising that this was our favorite treat. I feel like we get most of our habits from our parents and chips are my mom's favorite. She can eat a bowl of chips and salsa instead of dinner - and in fact did this many times.
I've "healthied" and "matured" these nachos up a bit by adding some beans, using a lighter, spicier cheese, and finding some healthy chips. Here's the details of what I used:
  • Brown Rice chips from Costco (see the picture below)
  • Yogurt pepper jack cheese from Trader Joe's - it's lactose free and therefore better on my tummy!
  • Add beans for protein and to make this a meal - here you'll see leftovers of my pinto beans and sausage mixture. But in a pinch I suggest just sauteeing up 1/4 of an onion chopped and 1/2 red pepper chopped in some spray olive oil. Add in the 1/4 cup beans (or however much you're using) and heat them through.

"Healthier" Nachos
Serves 1

1 oz baked or brown rice chips (about 10)
1 oz yogurt cheese (1 slice), soy cheese, or low fat cheese - if using slice thinly julienne into "shreds"
1/4 cup can black beans or pinto beans (or bean mixture described above)
Heat broiler.

Place chips on a medium plate. Top with warm beans and shredded or julienned cheese. Place under broiler about 2 minutes until cheese starts to melt and some of the chips brown a little.

Nutrition Analysis (Approximate):
  • Calories: 295
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 11.5 g
Eat, enjoy, and do your homework :)
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