Go meatless with an easy and fun dinner perfect for a Friday night. Vegetarian Nachos are quick and full of vegetables and black beans.
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Vegetarian Nachos are a total fake-out meal. I manage to load the nachos with healthy food and then sell it to my child as a fun nacho dinner. This is the kind of recipe I like to pull out on a Friday when I’m tired and don’t want to cook. Maybe we are planning on having a dinner and movie night so I want something fun that we can pick on. This is perfect. I have to say my hubby and I love them just as much as our daughter, cheese melted on tortilla chips “Hello Yum!”.
We are really picky about our tortilla chips though. After my husband had his stint put in, we were on a no-salt diet for about a week. So I compared all the fat, calories and salt on every bag of tortilla chips at the market. In the end I bought a bag of Xochitl no salt-added tortilla chips. They were the best balance between low-fat and calories and sodium for us. In fact they were absolutely incredible even without salt.
They were crisp and not the least bit oily. In addition they are organic and Kosher. (No I’m not a paid spokesperson) There may be some that are slightly lower in fat and calories but for me the taste and lower sodium was the winner here. If your grocery store doesn’t stock them, ask them to get them for you. Otherwise use whatever lower fat tortilla chip you like. You can even make your own.
Dieting is such a mental game for me. There are times when dieting and eating right can feel like deprivation which is so strange considering you are actually doing something healthy for yourself. Since I know that, this meal is one that makes me feel like I am eating something I shouldn’t. It makes me feel like a “bad girl” when I’m still being a “good girl”. This dish is for the rebel in me. Plus it is just fun. Sometimes you need a fun dinner to wash away the stress of life. A meal like this lightens the mood, might make you share and laugh a little more with your family. It can create another bonding moment. It’s nice to get a little side benefit from some healthy, delicious food. Have a nacho night for yourself and feel like a kid again.
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- 6 oz . baked tortilla chips like Xochitl
- 1 ½ cups sliced onions
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 cup black beans
- ¼ cup minced onions
- ¼ cup minced poblano pepper
- 1 tsp . olive oil
- 2 tsp . ground cumin divided
- ½ tsp . ancho chili powder divided
- 1 tsp . Mexican oregano
- 1 tsp . Kosher salt divided
- 2 ears of corn on the cob grilled for about 10 minutes then remove kernels*
- ½ cup Roasted Guajillo pepper salsa or your favorite brand divided
- 1/2 avocado
- ½ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
- 4 oz . Cabot 75% cheddar cheese grated
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add ½ tsp. oil, sliced onions and red peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes then add 1 tsp. cumin, ¼ tsp. ancho chili powder, Mexican oregano and ½ tsp. salt. Continue to cook until onions and red peppers are soft.
In another saucepan over medium heat, add ½ tsp. oil, minced onions and minced poblano. Cook for 5 minutes than add 1 tsp. cumin, ¼ tsp. ancho, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ cup salsa and beans. Cook for another 5 minutes.
In a small blender, puree avocado, ¼ cup salsa and the Greek yogurt.
Put top oven rack about 5 inches from the top. Turn oven on to broil.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Place chips onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with cheese. You can do this in four separate batches.
Broil for just a minute or two to melt the cheese.
Top with onion mixture, corn, beans and avocado sauce.
*You can substitute frozen corn for fresh corn
Happy Healthy Eating,
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