earlier this week, i was at the gym, working out on the elliptical. as usual, i was half watching live! with kelly and michael (it was a boring episode. ted danson was the main guest. snooze fest!) while also mentally going through the contents on my fridge and pantry to decide what to make for dinner. the elliptical is where i have my best dinner ideas. probably because i am always starving! my mom had recently brought over a big block of feta cheese and i knew i wanted to use that. i also had olives, tomatoes, chickpeas, mozzarella, and fake chicken. i guess i was going greek! i remembered i had some chips left over from my mom's birthday dinner and my mind immediately went to nachos (obviously). greek nachos! i emailed my sisters and asked if they thought that sounded good (because i desperately crave their approval). they did. megan's only suggestion was that i use pita chips instead of regular nacho chips (duh! brilliant!), so on the way home from the gym the kids and i picked some up. i was excited for dinner!
now, when i cook, i really don't measure ingredients, so i can't give exact details. i cooked up the quorn chick'n (you can obviously sub any kind of meat/protein that you like) in some olive oil with a little red onion, some chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. while that was cooking, i diced up some cherry tomatoes, opened a can of olives (i used regular black olives, but kalamata would have been awesome), a can of chickpeas, and sliced up the feta. after that, i just layered the olives, tomates, beans, chik'n, feta, and a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella atop the chips (i used a bag of amy's multi-grain pita chips) and baked the nachos for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
while that was cooking, i realized i would need a salsa of some sort. i had a jar of roasted red and yellow peppers and that sounded great! i added about half the jar (probably about one whole pepper), fresh garlic, some salt, pepper, and lemon juice into my blender. as that blended, i slowly added olive oil until i got the consistency i was looking for. now i had salsa! i covered it and put it in the fridge until we were ready to eat.
once the nachos were cooked, dinner was served!
it even got a thumbs up!
okay, so maybe i told them to do that. but they really did enjoy the nachos!
have you ever made a non-traditional nacho? do tell!
xoxo, nora bird