Every now and then I crave something simple and not-so-good-for-you. Some people love chocolate, some love salty snacks, while I love stinky stuff. That's right. Curry, Doritos, garlic, whatever will make my breath stick is what I love. Thankfully, I have a partner who loves stinky stuff as much as me and can take raw onions and hot peppers like the best of 'em. Though I did not have this today, I often make nachos to satisfy my stinky junk-food craving. And if you want to make nachos less heart attack-inducing you can make some sneaky substitutions for a semi-healthy meal.
I think the secrets to a good plate of nachoes is layering ingredients and lightly broiling them for extra crispiness. For the nachos above, I added roasted chicken and lots of veggies like green and red peppers, tomatoes, onions and lots of jalapeno peppers. Use homemade or low-sodium store bought salsa, keep a light hand with the cheese and use organic and/or multi-grain tortilla chips (or there's even flax and baked seed ones out there now) and there's not too much bad stuff on there. Now, it won't be as satifying as a oozy, cheesy, sour-cream laden pile of fried chips. But there's enough stinky flavour on there to keep me happy!