Ideas for Healthy Nachos
- Alicia Aug 5, 2006 06:17 PM
I love Nachos, but recently I've been trying to improve my eating habits. I just made nachos with Tostitos, refried beans, salsa, and farmer's cheese. What can I do to bring the health quotient up? Unfortunately I don't like peppers, and I can't think of other veggies that would go. Also there has to be something better than Tostitos that I can use. So veggie suggestions or homemade/alternative chip recipes would be great. Or even whole new recipes! Thanks!
hummus, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and a tad bit of feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist and you could make or buy pita chips instead of using Tostitos, of course.
Use the baked, not fried nacho chips, and that would instantly make it a lot healthier.
I've also had "asian" style nachos that are contain crispy wontons (instead of nachos), chicken, stir-fried veggies, cheese, and a sesame sauce... very tasty, although I'm not sure if it would be much healthier - there were more vegetables than normal nacho though.
make your own chips by baking corn tortillas until crispy then breaking them into pieces. top with lowfat refried beans, chopped onions, tomatoes, corn and olives. dab with quark cheese and bake. sprinkle with cilantro when you're done.
You could also eat them in a healthy quantity - as an appetizer rather than as the meal itself.
You can also make your own chips from flour tortillas which aren't as hard as the corn ones. Just lightly spray with oil of your choice, cut into shape and size you like, sprinkle with salt or garlic salt and bake at 375 for about 10 min. Turn after 6 min or so and bake until they are the color and crunch you like. I make these all the time instead of the store bought full fat ones. Everyone always ask where these chips came from since they taste so fresh and light. They really are better than any bag chip you can buy and have a lot less fat.
You could make more of a taco salad -- lettuce, tomatoes, corn, black beans (instead of refried), olives, salsa, guacamole or chunks of avocado, maybe some cucumber, along with the baked chips. And, of course, you need the cheese or they're not nachos. If you don't like the salad aspect, leave out the lettuce and pile the other stuff on top, or make your own fresh salsa with the veggies.