Thursday Taste: Bell Pepper Nachos

Football season is upon is and do you know what that means . . . . beers and nachos and sweatpants OH MY!

I’m here to tell you that you can still have those yummy nachos but in a healthier way.  Yeah!

Bell Pepper Nachos

This recipe makes 2 servings and they are less than 300 calories per serving.  Now that’s a WIN.

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ medium onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning Blend (or packaged taco seasoning mix)
  • 
¼ cup water
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 
¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and veins removed, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup pico de gallo (or fresh tomato salsa)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Heat medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with spray.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Add taco seasoning blend and water. Mix well; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until water evaporates.
  6. Arrange peppers in an oven-proof baking dish; top with turkey mixture and cheese.
  7. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  8. Divide pepper mixture evenly between two serving plates. Top with jalapeños (if desired) and pico de gallo; serve immediately.

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Let me preface this (and all my recipes to come) with the fact that I am hardly Martha Stewart (minus the jail time) or Rocco DiSpirito (just because I think he’s pretty awesome).  Cooking, baking or anything of the like are definitely not my specialty, so if I am posting them here then make note that they will definitely be “user friendly”.

With that being said, please enjoy the newest yummy treat that has been added to my very slim repertoire – Oatmeal Banana Muffins.  This delightful recipe has no flour, no sugar, no butter, no oil.  But coming from a lover of all things sweet, they are delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup (or 2 5.3oz containers) plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chocolate chips

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Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners
  • Place all ingredients in a mixer except the chocolate chips (I like to use my KitchenAid mixer), I start on the lowest setting and gradually increase the mixing speed.  Once I get to the highest setting, I leave it for about 3-4 minutes.  Just enough time to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed together.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the batter and hand stir
  • Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups
  • Place muffin tin in the oven for about 10 minutes
  • Tip: Use a toothpick to test that all muffins have been thoroughly cooked
  • Remove muffins from tin, let cool and ENJOY!

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