Living a healthy lifestyle can include meals that are “less healthy”. It’s all about how much and how often. One strategy I use is to pack as much nutrition into the less healthy options. These nachos are a perfect example. Although high in aodium and a source of some unhealthy fat, they are also packed with great antioxidants and healthy fats. I usually post healthier recipes than this, but I just have to share this one because it is delish and can be part of a healthy meal when paired with a big salad.
Whole grain tostito chip (or homemade sweet potato or beet chips work too)
1 can black beans
1 red pepper, diced
1 Orange pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 Tbsp avocado oil
8 oz. Cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast (its nice to plan ahead and have leftovers from the previous night for this)
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (can be homemade or storebought…if store bought, we like the flavour of Diana’s chicken and rib for these)
1/2 cup sliced green or black olives
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or feta cheese (either one gives a nice “kick” of flavour)
A few Tbsp. of condiments: guacamole, low fat sour cream, salsa (we really like the PC Black Bean and Corn Salsa)
1. Mix diced peppers, onion, black beans and avocado oil in a fry pan and start to cook them on medium heat. Stir as needed until they are softened.
2. While they are cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a thin layer of chips onto a baking stone OR place foil onto a cooking sheet (this is the best option if you plan to broil at the end).
3. Chop chicken into small pieces and place in microwave safe bowl. Toss in sauce and heat for 1 minute in microwave.
4. Now it is assembly time! Spoon black bean and veggie mixture on top of the chips. Then spoon the chicken and sauce over top. Then add the sliced olives. And last add the cheese.
5. Place everything into the oven for about 10 minutes. The cheese will be melted at this point. If you are not using a baking stone, then you can finish them with 1-2 minutes under the broiler.
While they are cooking, fill over half of your plate with a big spinach or kale salad or lots of fresh veggies. This will help you take a small portion size. Also, don’t forget to use mindful eating techniques with more decadent food! Be in the moment. Taste each mouthful!
Until next time….stay healthy!