Monday, June 18, 2012


What better kid food? Nachos, good for a snack, for lunch, try them for dinner. Kids (of all ages) think they're having junk food - only you and I know better! Nachos can be just as healthy as you make them.

1 tortilla per person
1 can low salt, fat free refried beans
1/4 pound ground turkey (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped Anaheim chili peppers
1/2 cup grated low sodium Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1/2 cup fresh tomato salsa
1/2 cup fresh corn salsa
1/2 cup fresh guacamole
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 400F. Cut tortillas into large pieces. Place tortilla pieces on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, turn and continue baking until they begin to color, about 3 more minutes. Remove from oven.
Cook the ground turkey and onion while the tortillas bake. Heat a skillet on the stove top. Add the ground turkey and chopped onion. Cook until the turkey is no longer pink and begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Prepare nachos on a large, oven proof dish. I use a Mexican style platter and heat the nachos directly on the same dish I serve them on. Spread the refried beans in the center of the dish or platter in a circular pattie. I spread it out into a largish pattie about 5 inches in diameter, and about 3/4 inch thick. Stick the cooked tortilla pieces or "chips" in a circular pattern in the beans. Sprinkle the cooked turkey and onion mixture on top. You can either sprinkle the chilies and olives on top, or serve them on the side. Top the mixture with the cheese. Heat in the oven, until the cheese melts and the beans are warm, about 5 minutes. Serve the  salsas, guacamole, and yogurt along the side as dips for the bean covered chips.
Serves 4
Stealthy Cooking Tip: This one is really kid friendly! Have the kids help put this together, then watch them gobble it up. I use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, as the yogurt is lower in saturated fat than sour cream. If you have time, make your own side dips, as you can control sodium, preservatives, and fats. If you don't have time, look for healthier versions at the market.

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