Good Day PA: Cilantro Pesto Nachos vs. Mac ‘n Cheese Nachos

 

Healthy Cilantro Pesto Chicken Nachos

Mac and cheese nachos
Soph making cheesy nachos

Cilantro Pesto

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons lime juice

Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup olive oil

Mix everything together.

Pick your healthy base: Gluten-free corn chips, sweet potatoes, or cucumbers.

Load them up with grilled chicken. Top with the Cilantro Pesto. Then, add tomatoes, salsa, and guacamole. If you want, add a sprinkle of cheese and microwave to let it get melty.

 

Mac 'n Cheese Nachos
Mac ‘n Cheese Nachos

Mac n’ cheese Nachos

1 bag tortilla chips

1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Your favorite Mac n’ Cheese

1 tomato, diced

1 jalapeno, sliced, optional

1/2 cup torn cilantro leaves

1/2 cup of shredded cheese

Salsa

Mac and cheese nachos
Soph and the abc27 gang gobbling up her mac and cheese nachos

Line a cookie sheet with parchment-totally for easy clean-up. Pre-heat oven to broil. Layer your chips, mac n cheese, and top with a healthy dose of shredded cheese. Put this under the broiler til your cheese is bubbly. Then, top with your favorite salsa, black beans, and guacamole.

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Good Day PA: Summer Dips

Tomatoes are coming in. Basil and mint are blooming. It’s time to put the goods from your garden to use in your kitchen. I suggested to Soph we make summer dips from all the basil and mint we have growing. She said, “That’s great. But Amy and I like junk food.” So, our minty-yogurt dip starts out healthy and then goes all Willy Wonka as Amy and Soph add yummy things.

Minty Fruit Dip

  • 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, strained
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • Optional: Marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, graham crackers
Strained Yogurt:
I like my yogurt EXTRA thick for dips. Start with Greek or regular yogurt. Put a coffee filter inside a fine, mesh strainer. Set it over top of a large bowl. Dollop the yogurt inside the coffee filter. Let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours. I like to do it overnight. The extra liquid drains into the bowl leaving you with dip-worthy thick yogurt.

Bruschetta Recipe:

2-3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp other chopped herbs, such as parsley and thyme
  • 8-10 chopped Kalamata olives
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Toss everything into a bowl! Better if you let it sit for a bit to let the flavors meld together. Serve with tiny toasts-as Soph calls them. Or great over grilled chicken or fish. The guys from the station were adding it to their “meat and cheese” salad.

Good Day Pa: On-the-go Summer Snacks

Recipe:

  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • Salt to taste
  • Ice cream cones

If you’d like a healthier option, fill those cones up with fruit! We tried frozen fruit, regular strawberries & bananas. You can find gluten-free ice cream cones, sugar-free cones, fat-free cones. Whatever you need.

We also tried hollowing out healthy, mini-muffins. We filled them with trail mix or banana chunks.

Last run-around-the-yard edible snack holder–multi-grain scoop chips. We filled with trail mix, fruit, and popcorn.

Mangia!