As I am working at adjusting to this new way of eating, there are certain foods I crave more than others. Nachos is one of them. Crispy tortilla chips, topped with spicy beans, salsa, veggies, laden with cheese and baked in the oven until it becomes a hot, melty mess. Yum.
But nacho chips are not on my list of acceptable foods at the moment. (and please, let’s not even talk about cheese, ok?)
So imagine my excitement when I learned I could make my own, healthier, baked version of this favourite food! (Insert dance of joy!)
This is so easy to do, and unlike some “healthier” substitutes, it does not taste like a poor version of the real thing, but has the same great corn crunch as the orginal.
Ready to see how easy this is?
Baked Tortilla Chips
First, you need corn tortillas. If you are lucky, you can buy these at your local supermarket. If you are even luckier, you can buy sprouted corn tortillas at your supermarket or health food store, which are even better for you. Not being able to find either, I, of course, learned how to make my own. (This is also ridiculously simple – I promise I’ll share the recipe later, but if you can’t wait to make your own I found the recipe on my bag of Maseca – the flour the tortillas are made from)
Heat your oven to 375. Use a pizza cutter to cut your tortillas into quarters.
Toss with olive oil and herbs or spices of your choice. (I used chipotle chili, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt.)
Lay out the tortillas in a single layer on a baking pan.
Bake for about ten minutes, or until crispy. (Thicker tortillas may take longer.)
Done! Cover with your favourite nacho toppings and enjoy!
That bright orange processed-looking cheese is actually a sauce made from cashews and roasted red peppers and it is delicious. You can find the recipe here (this was my inspiration for baked tortilla chips, too!)
Any other nacho fans out there? What are your favourite toppings?
As we are coming to the end of my Pinterest experiment I found I still had a lot of random photos of recipes I have tried, but that do not necessarily lump together well as I have done in other Pinterest posts. So, in no particular order, here is some more Pinterest recipe love:
Considering how labour intensive lasagna making can be, this was quite easy. I used cottage cheese instead of the Ricotta, and regular cheeses instead of the skim versions, but other than that made the recipe as written. It cooked quickly enough to be a week-might meal, and will definitely grace our dinner table again!
The taco seasoning we used to buy at the grocery store was full of ingredients I could not pronounce (always a sign that something isn’t quite “real” food.) So when it comes to seasoning meat or tofu for our favourite Mexican meals, I always make my own seasoning. But having lost the recipe I was using (I am sure I put it somewhere “safe”) I quickly turned to Pinterest for a new one. I liked this mix and will use it again!
Sourdough Burger Buns
I have been wanting to make my own burger buns for a while. And I am always looking for uses for my sourdough starter. In comes this recipe. I actually have made this one twice. The first time the buns were absolutely perfect. The second time they were a little crumbly. But both times they tasted good – even Hubby ate them!
Raspberry Oatmeal Smoothie
I have become an oatmeal smoothie convert. And the raspberry flavour is wonderful in this version. I made mine with almond milk in place of the coconut water. And I’ve been making variations on this recipe ever since….
Pineapple Coconut Popsicles
This was a bit of a vague recipe (how large a can of coconut or pineapple chunks?) but I just kind of threw things together and poured them in popsicle molds (and the leftover mix I put into a smoothie – yum!). Both Hubby and I have been enjoying them on the hot sunny days we have been having.
Grain Free Brownies
Although I do not eat chocolate, Hubby does and loves it. So a while back I started testing out some healthier versions for him. This was the winner. The base is black beans, but with all of the chocolaty goodness in there, you would never know. They are definitely better the second day (otherwise Hubby says they taste a bit “eggy”) and Hubby prefers them cold from the fridge.
That’s it! I am going to reorganize my pin boards so that the recipes I have tried have their own boards, which will hopefully make them easier to find. And then I will know what I still have yet to try…..
For the next three weeks, in the interest of improving my health, I am going to be eating meat-free, dairy-free and wheat-free. Anyone know of some great vegan and wheat-less recipes I should try?
I am having so much fun working my way through my Pinterest boards. The only problem is, just when I think I’ve made it through a whole bunch of them, I pin more!
Today I am going to share with you some of the sauces and drinks I have been experimenting with lately. And this time – not one pin to remove from my pin boards! That’s right, every single sauce and drink recipe I have tried so far is a keeper! Go to love it when that happens!
Sweetened with Stevia, this is a healthy, sugar-free drink for a hot summer day. Both hubby and I loved it. It was a little on the sour side after following the recipe (my frozen berries are a little bitter) but an extra bit of Stevia solved the problem. I will be making this all summer long!
Sore Throat Tea
I often make a honey and lemon “tea” to soothe a sore throat, but had never thought to add cinnamon, ginger and mint. I actually didn’t have any cinnamon on hand, but even the addition of the fresh ginger and a handful of mint from the garden added a little extra dimension to this already soothing drink.
OK…that’s not its real name. But hubby and I renamed it as its given name includes a word we try not to use in daily conversation. Whatever you call it, it’s good. There are two versions, the original and a chipotle. I am partial to the heat and smokiness of the chipotle, hubby prefers the original. Either is beautiful over a bowl of rice and veggies, or as a topping for a quinoa burger.
Many of you already know that my beloved hubby is not a big fan of vegetables. I am discovering, though, that if I can find the right sauce, it makes a lot of the veggies I love to eat more palatable to him. This thick, nutty, and slightly spicy peanut sauce had him eating rice, kale and green beans and loving it! I would say it is a winner! I found it took quite a bit more water than the recipe stated, and it was still a little thick, but I know I will be making this again and again.
We enjoy a good taco salad around here. And our recipe calls for Catalina dressing. So when I saw this recipe for Catalina dressing, created by someone trying to please her husband’s fondness for a traditional taco salad, I knew I wanted to give it a try. The photos I took were fuzzy, but the dressing (and salad) were a hit!
What have you been cooking (or pinning) lately?
So it seems cooking through my Pinterest boards has extended into another month. I’m ok with that. There are so many great ideas filling up my boards (and I already have such a backlog of recipes to share with you!)
Once again, I have included links both to the pin itself, and to the site, so those of you who are not on Pinterest can check out the recipes too.
These were really good. Mild tasting enough that even hubby enjoyed them on a burger bun with all of the fixings (as a side note, the burger buns were a pinterest recipe too, I’ll share those soon!) I still have some stored in the freezer and they heart up well in the oven, too.
Baked Onion Rings
Onion rings are one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t eat at fast food joints very often, but when I do, I want to eat at a place with onion rings. Yum. So I was quite excited to try out this baked version I could make at home. The end result was good, crunchy, and full of onion flavour. But they definitely tasted, um, healthier. Which means I can enjoy them more often. But I have to admit, I think I will still crave that greasy deep-fried taste.
Hail Caesar Salad
This is a recipe from the TV program “Eat, Shrink, and be Merry” and it was darn good! I grilled the chicken on the BBQ and it was beautiful, moist, and full of lemon flavour. (My first attempt at BBQ chicken was a charred disaster so I was really proud of myself for this one!) The caesar salad dressing was to die for. Creamy and garlicky and so good. Except that I used a really large garlic clove, which was a little too much for hubby. And yes, we were still tasting garlic the next morning. So next time I will cut back on the garlic a wee bit (but not too much!) I also used homemade croutons (recipe to follow) instead of the store-bought they suggested.
Making your own croutons is really easy. And you don’t really need a recipe. But sometimes I like guidelines (and then I feel free to do my own thing anyway!) I liked the garlic herb combination on these. But I did find mine took a lot less time to cook than the recipe stated (10 – 15 minutes, instead of the stated 20 – 30 minutes.)
Quinoa Mac and Cheese
I really enjoyed this unique dish. It certainly had that unique quinoa flavour, but the cheesiness and crisp breadcrumbs on top were a nice addition. Hubby enjoyed this one hot out of the oven, but did not appreciate it reheated in his lunch box the next day. I liked it both the night of and as leftovers, so I would definitely make it again. I halved the recipe for our small family and it worked out beautifully in and 8 x 8 pan.
Recipes I tried and am removing from my pin board:
Healthy Egg Salad Pinned here.
I love egg salad. And I am used to substituting yogurt for a large number of creamy things. But this recipe just didn’t work for me. Maybe it was the mustard flavour, and maybe just the tangy yogurt itself, but it was missing that traditional creamy egg-salad taste.
Other main meals on my pin board I have tried and loved:
Have you found any great recipes on Pinterest lately? Feel free to leave links!Read More
This month I have decided to work my way through some of the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest. I am a great collector of recipes, and wanted to actually try some of these out before my boards got too big.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so seemed like a good place to start! For each recipe I include a link to the original source (in case you aren’t on Pinterest) and the pin.
I absolutely love this recipe. It was incredibly simple to put together, and it was so wonderful to wake up in the morning and have a hearty breakfast all ready to go. I was a little worried that the oatmeal would be a strange texture but I needn’t have worried – smooth and creamy would be the best way to describe it! I had mine with banana and a spoonful of mixed fruit jam – so good! I did find it made enough for two, but it was just as good for breakfast the second day. The second batch I mixed with coconut milk and pineapple, also very yummy. Found here and pinned here.
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
I love smoothies but I would never have thought to put oatmeal in one. I halved the recipe so it would just serve one, and true to its promise I really did keep me filling full. Rather than cook up oatmeal, I just soaked the oats in the yogurt overnight, like I did for the overnight oats. I also added a little almond milk when I blended it to thin things out. I will definitely be making this again! Found here and pinned here.
Quinoa For Breakfast
Recipes I won’t make again
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
Not all recipes are worth keeping, and this was one of them. It certainly didn’t live up to its beautiful picture on Pinterest, and although I loved the ginger flavour, the pineapple flavour really didn’t come through, leaving it a little bland. I love the idea of ginger in a smoothie and will definitely try that on my own. Pinned here.
More Yummy Breakfast Ideas from this Pin Board
A few of the recipes on this board I had already tried.
Enjoy! If you know of any other “pinteresting” breakfast recipes, feel free to link to them in the comments!Read More