WSliced Cauliflowerith the sun coming out, what is more fun than sharing a meal with friends! I’m not sure about you but in my household, the best sharing dish is nachos.  Simply placed in the center of the table and everyone can serve themselves.  To turn nachos into a nutritious and complete meal, all you have to do is substitute a few ingredients and add lots of veggies.  Here are a few smart ideas to get you going.

Replace the chips

It’s no secret that chips have fat.  For a delicious and lean version you can replace your chips with grilled pita chips. All you have to do is cut up some pita bread into 8 triangles, brush them with oil, season with your choice of herbs and spices and then place them in the oven at 375 F for 10 minutes.

Another original way to replace your chips is to make cauliflower chips. To make them, slice cauliflower into thin slices, toss with oil and herbs and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 375 F or just until the cauliflower is gold and crispy. Try it out!

Top with hummus

Instead of using traditional salsa, use homemade hummus or purchase some. As well as being a great source of protein, hummus marries well with grilled veggies.

You could also try guacamole, which is so easy to make with an avocado, a tomato, lemon juice and garlic.

Get veggies in all colours

To create a colourful, appetizing and nutritious plate, add veggies! Tomatoes, corn, peppers, black olives, artichoke hearts, hot peppers, radish slices…all combinations are possible.   Inspire yourself by the season and what’s left in your refrigerator to create a different plate. Cilantro, parsley or green onion add a touch of freshness.Nachos-3

Add protein

To make sure that you’re having a filling meal, it’s important to add a source of protein. For example you can choose chicken, beans, pulled pork, feta or mozzarella cheese.

What’s your favourite nacho recipe?  Share your photos on twitter @halfyourplate !

Written by Marie-Ève Caplette, Registered Dietitian and Half Your Plate Campus Ambassador

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