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French Fry Nachos (Guilt Free!)

In my opinion, there are few things more delicious than carbs covered in cheese and a ridiculously rich sauce. Things that come to mind: fettucini alfredo, corn casserole, eggs benedict, and oh yeah…NACHOS!! Every time I’m at a Mexican restaurant, I find myself wishing I could order the nachos appetizer. The menu always has such an enticing picture of all those chips dripping in cheesy goodness. Thank goodness for my lactose intolerant boyfriend who stops me from ordering dairy bombs like that! However, I have to satisfy my craving somewhere, so when I came upon this idea from HowSweetEats, I knew it would become a main staple in my weekly menu.

Crispy Potato Nachos (adapted from How Sweet Eats)

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 large russet potatoes sliced into wedges with skins on

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup reduced fat mexican cheese blend

1/2 cup black beans

diced onions, avocado, cilantro

salsa, lowfat sour cream, greek yogurt

Directions:

The first step is to get those potato wedges nice and crispy. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and immediately put the wedges in a bowl of salted cold water. Letting them soak for about 10 minutes before cooking them, allows some of that starch to come out, leaving them ready to crisp right up. After 10 minutes, take them out of the water and dry them thuroughly on papertowels. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for approximately 40 minutes flipping once during that time. Once they are all brown and crispy, take them out of the oven and top with cheese, beans, and onions. Place back into the oven until the cheese is melted. Remove and add the remaining toppings! I used black beans but you could easily use ground turkey, beef, shredded chicken, anything! Healthy nachos that are super delicious??? Now its a real thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

There are very few activities that allow you to eat, exercise, and do something useful all at the same time. Berry picking is one of them! Which is why I highly recommend that everyone goes berry picking at least once each summer. There is something so childlike about meandering through berry bushes (the non prickly kind!) with a little blue bucket. The best part?? The famous “2 for me 1 for the bucket” strategy will not destroy your figure!

Hmmm…maybe I should stop eating them??

I ended up picking a few more with the help of my sister and went home to create the BEST black berry cobbler!

Its very cakey, very old fashioned, and extremely delicious. Thank you Pioneer Woman for another hit! She is absolutely unstoppable and you can find the recipe here.