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30 Minute Meals

Potato Chip Nachos, A Twist On The Classic

A delicious, and easy, twist on a classic
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Potato chip nachos.  Yep, you read that right. Recently, I was craving nachos but had no tortilla chips in the house.  What I did however have was potato chips.  So I figured why not.  And that’s when it happened; with that simple substitution I may have changed the way I eat nachos forever.  No joke, potato chip nachos are that good.

By now you probably know that nachos are one of my favorite meals to make.  Over the past few years I’ve shared recipes for every kind of nacho you can imagine: classic, breakfast, jambalya, sweet potato and even Nashville hot chicken nachos.  If theres a way to make nachos, I’ve made it.  So to be honest I’m kind of shocked I didn’t stumble upon this potato chip switch up earlier.

Why are potato chip nachos so good? They’re so dang good because of the crunch.  When trying out this recipe it will all boil down to the crunch achieved and the type of potato chip you use.  Therefore, I opted for kettle chips so they would hold up and not get soggy when topped and while baking. 

Like all of my nachos, this recipe calls for a mix of warm and cool toppings which I believe allows for the perfect bite.  The other reason these potato chip nachos are so good is I kept the toppings simple.  You really want to let that salty, crunchy, potato chip be the star so try to stick with more of a classic nacho topping and make sure not to over layer them. 

Finally I baked the nachos in my cast iron skillet which made the nachos super easy to contain while baking and serving.  Pro tip; before building your nachos layer parchment paper on the bottom of the skillet so it just comes over the side for super easy cleanup. 

So that’s my pitch for the potato chip.  And as a result I may never go back to classic tortilla chip nachos again.  I’ve shared the recipe below, and please let me know and tag me if you try potato chip nachos out as I’d love to know what you thought!  Truly, MKR
 


 

Potato Chip Nachos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 bags of kettle chips or any thick potato chip (I used sea salt kettle chips)
  2. 1 block of organic cheddar cheese, shredded
  3. 1 can organic pinto beans, drained
  4. 1 bunch of green onions, chopped and set aside
  5. 1 green pepper, chopped and set aside.
  6. 2 large tomatoes, chopped and set aside
  7. 1 Jalepeno finely diced
  8. 1 handful of cilantro, finely diced/chopped
  9. salsas of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Take your skillet or sheet pan and layer potato chips evenly. Cover with cheese, pinto beans, and jalepenos.
  3. Bake until cheese is completely melted, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and top with green onions, green pepper and tomatoes. Serve with salsas on the side and enjoy.
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Citrus Shrimp Cobb Salad

Mixing Up The Classic Cobb
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I’ve never really been a salad person. Which is strange because I typically like everything that’s on a salad, just not a salad itself if that makes sense. It’s probably because the ratios are usually wrong to me. 

You see, I’m always looking for that perfect bite.  A bite that includes a little bit of warm, cold, crunchiness, softness, spice, and sweetness.  And that perfect bite is what I set out to create whenever I’m trying to transform any salad.

Today’s transformation is your classic cobb to the most flavorful shrimp cobb salad. I subbed out your standard (often bland) chicken for warm citrus grilled shrimp.  Chives for red onion and roquefort cheese for an herbed crumbled goat cheese. And lastly, instead of a red wine vinaigrette I played up the citrus from the shrimp with a cilantro and lime dressing.

These substitutions are not only crazy easy, but they’re extra flavorful.  Which you guessed it, helps to create that perfect bite.  Check out the recipe below, and let me know by tagging me on Instagram if you end up trying this shrimp cobb salad recipe for yourself! Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re looking for more salads that are anything but boring check out my recipe index under Soups & Salads. 

Citrus Shrimp Cobb Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Mixed romaine and iceburg lettuce, chopped
  2. 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
  3. 1 small red onion, finely diced
  4. 2 avocados, diced
  5. 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
  6. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 1 cup crumbled herbed goat cheese
  8. 1 lime, juiced
  9. 1 lemon, juiced
  10. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro finely chopped
  11. 1 tsp. olive oil
  12. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. dressing of your choice (I suggest a light citrus dressing)
Instructions
  1. In a sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp, lemon and lime juice, cilantro, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until done; approximately 2-3 minutes each side. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Build your salad: lettuce, avocado, bacon, onions, cheese, tomatoes, and shrimp.
  3. Serve with dressing and enjoy!
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Photography, Rustic White

Yes, I Make Frozen Meals!

Taking my time back with the help of Lightlife's new frozen meals
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Listen, the truth is sometimes my week is just too busy to cook no matter how well I plan or how much I want to. But, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t have some sort of game plan to stay on the healthy train I’ll be pulling into that fast food line and completely throwing my 2018 healthy initiatives in the garbage.  So my solution during those hectic weeks where I need to take my time back; frozen meals with a fresh kick.  

Yep, I said it, frozen meals.  But not the overly processed, full of salt, not-real-food, frozen meals of the past. I’m talking about Lightlife’s new plant-based frozen line.  Recently while shopping at my local Kroger, I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied that Lightlife logo shining through those frozen glass doors.  

If you remember I’m a big Lightlife fan, making vegan slaw dogs last summer.  For more than 30 years, Lightlife has been on a mission to provide quality vegetarian and plant-based foods prepared in the most healthy and sustainable manner. And you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy Lightlife.  

I discovered Lightlife when I was meat-free, and still eat it now even not as a vegetarian it’s that good! By choosing to eat vegetarian just one meal a week you can have a dramatically positive effect on your overall health and the health of the environment. Win, win!

I of course had to try all of the Lightlife frozen meals. While I loved them all the four I kept coming back to where the Veggie Fritters, Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Bowl, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and Veggie “Sausage” Ravioli.  Now, these meals are all great on their own, but I like to jazz them up a bit by adding a fresh kick.  What’s a fresh kick you ask? Well it’s fresh ingredients that enhance the meal, but don’t take up any additional time.  You can prep them while your meal is turning away in the microwave, boiling on the stovetop, or toasting in the toaster oven.

For example, fresh dill and homemade tzatziki dipping sauce for the Veggie Fritters.  Organic tomato sauce and fresh chopped mushrooms for the ravioli.  And for the Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Bowl I find topping it with fresh cilantro, chopped jalapeños, and a squeeze of lime provides that extra heat I’m always looking for.  These easy, fresh add ons, are the perfect way to make your frozen meal feel home cooked.

So now that you know it’s possible to get healthy, great tasting frozen meals I’ve got more good news.  Lightlife is doing a major sweepstakes through the month of February giving away 369 frozen meals! Yep, you heard right…369 meals! That’s meals for an entire year! Next time you go grocery shopping at Kroger, Earth Fare or Sprouts, pick up some Lightlife frozen items. Take a photo of them at home using #HeatWithPride and #Sweepstakes and tag @Lightlife to enter. Easy as that!

I challenge you this year to join me in being a little kinder to our bodies, our environment, and ourselves.  Take some of your time back, and #heatwithpride! Truly, MKR

P.S. Sweepstakes links with rules & regulations are…

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Photography, Rustic White | This post is in sponsorship with Lightlife, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

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