Sometimes, you just want a comforting, tasty nosh.  Or you have a crowd of folks coming over who like “regular” food.  Or it’s just a nacho kind of a day.  Of course nachos are not the most healthy choice, but everything in moderation, right?  Instead of avoiding things I like, I prefer to add nutrition, hence the veggies.  Whip these up and I defy you to go back to “regular”.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

8 oz broccoli, cut into small pieces

8 oz cauliflower, cut into small pieces

Tbsp olive oil

3 tsps cumin, divided

2 tsps chili powder, divided

Salt

Pepper

Tortilla chips, a sturdy sort

Salsa of choice

2 cups shredded cheese – cheddar or monterey jack or pepper jack

2 scallions, sliced

Method:

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss the broccoli and cauliflower with the olive oil, 1 ½ tsps cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and spread them on a lined baking sheet.  Cook these 20-30 minutes (it will vary depending on size of how they were cut), until they are tender and have some charring. While they are roasting, heat a pan to medium/medium high and add the ground turkey.  Mix in the remaining 1 ½ tsp cumin and tsp chili powder along with some salt and pepper and cook until the turkey is no longer pink, breaking it up with you spoon or spatula as you do. Remove to a bowl, leaving behind as much liquid as possible.

Turn the oven down to 400.  To assemble, spread a layer of chips over a large, lined baking sheet, making sure to have as few gaps as possible.  Start with the turkey and spread it evenly over the chips. Do the same with the broccoli and cauliflower. Top with the cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and everything is warmed through, about 10-15 minutes.  Top with salsa and scallions before serving.

Cooking Note:

I, personally, like when some of the chips get a little soft.  If you do as well, put the salsa on before putting them into the oven.

If you want a vegetarian version, swap beans for the turkey and mix in the same spices.

No dairy?  Still delicious without the cheese.  As an alternative, blend an avocado with some lemon or lime juice and a bit of nutritional yeast, drizzle on top after they are out of a short shot in the oven.

 

 

 

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