Thank God for Nachos. #sweetpotato

Rich, umami, stringy and warm- Nachos. What a creation – likely sent straight from the heavens above-flavorful Colby jack and cheddar cheese draped and melted over crispy warm tortilla chips.

IMG_20160414_195520It was one of those nights- those nights where you really just need an understanding and completely unconditional girlfriend to listen to you gab about whatever may be tugging at your tender heart. I’ve been blessed beyond my greatest expectations with a few really wonderful listeners, gals that will also share a hefty plate of nachos with me through it all.

This recipe was her idea- we have a whole Pinterest board for inspiring recipes and food related documentaries to serve along side. These nachos aren’t just nachos though- they’re layered with sweet potatoes as well- making the amount of refined carbohydrate tortilla chips a smidge less- this is a nutrition blog after all.

We’d day dreamed over this one for at least a week- the thought of earthy sweet potatoes and cheddar cheese layered with jalapeno black beans and soIMG_20160414_194108ur cream made my mind swirl with desire.

The night came and was filled with heart break dialogue, way-to-sweet Riesling wine, handfuls of cheddar, scoop-upon-scoop of strawberry ice-cream and an action packed nutrition documentary detailing the drama of government oversight on small mom and pop farmers. Check the documentary out at Food Chains Film.

Looking over the nutrition facts panel provided below we can seen that the recipe provides about 17 g of protein- about a third of 150 lb. person’s daily need of protein (0.8 g/kg body weight). The recipe is also loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as about half of a women’s daily-recommended fiber intake.

This isn’t one of my recommended “lighter calorie” recipes but as we say in dietary classes, “everything in moderation.” Even Sweet Potato Nachos.

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1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and slice yams/sweet potatoes into rounds about .5 inch thick and spread onto a baking sheet.

2.) Drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes and season with black pepper, chili and garlic powder, toss to cover.

3.) Bake sweet potatoes for 30 minutes at 450 degrees or until soft, turn over to broil for 5 more minutes.

4.) Layer sweet potatoes on plates and arrange beans, corn and cheese on top. Microwave plates for 30 seconds- 1minute or until cheese is melted.

5.) Finish layering remaining ingredients on top of melted cheese and serve!



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