Well, my week is off to a wonderful start! I hope yours is too! For one, I spent a while in the kitchen and came out with healthy chicken nachos, healthy lasagna, and not-healthy strawberry rhubarb crisp. I’ve got the chicken nachos recipe for you today, and the other two later this week!
Another thing making this week great is the fact that my mom is here in Minnesota visiting us! She drove up on Saturday and arrived right around dinner time. We had all day yesterday and all day today together, and she is leaving tomorrow 🙁 It’s so wonderful having her here because we can explore the town together, and she is helping us decorate our house!
Before I go any further, let me get this chicken nacho recipe out into the world- because it’s life-changing…
Okay, actually it’s not really a recipe. It’s more of a suggestion of how to healthify a super yummy, and often calorie-laden dish. I have been craving chicken nachos for a while and now that I finally made them, I’ve had them for lunch and dinner multiple days in a row. Kyle has had them 4+ times as well, although he uses regular tortilla chips and so they aren’t quite as healthy. It’s nice that the dish is versatile; Kyle and I can both enjoy it how we like!
To start, you have to make the best crockpot salsa chicken ever. I’ve blogged about this chicken before, but I think I need to reiterate just how fabulous this chicken is. It hits all the necessary points for being a stellar dish. It is 1.) easy 2.) healthy 3.) inexpensive
Crockpot Salsa Chicken
- Frozen chicken breasts (frozen seems to work better for me)
- 1 jar of salsa
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
Put frozen chicken in crockpot.
Cover chicken with seasoning.
Pour salsa on top.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours, until chicken is falling apart. At 2.5 hours, stir salsa and flip chicken breasts over, then continue cooking in crockpot. Once the chicken is falling apart with just a slight touch, use 2 forks to shred the chicken and then stir until all liquid is absorbed.
Now that you have the chicken, assembling the nachos is a cinch 🙂
Healthy Chicken Nachos
To “healthify” the nachos, I picked up some low-cal/low-carb/high fiber tortillas. You can use any tortillas or wraps that you like. Ezekiel tortillas work really well, but they didn’t have any here in Rochester, so I found a low-carb/high fiber wrap that looked good.
Slice the tortillas into wedges and spread them onto a baking sheet. Give them a spritz with olive-oil cooking spray and then add a pinch of salt or garlic powder, or both 🙂 (I tried 2 different kinds of tortillas here)
Broil the tortillas in the oven until the start to brown and crisp up. Voila- healthy tortilla chips!!
Spread your chips out onto a plate and top with salsa chicken, a little shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado. I decided to add black olives as well. The topping choices are really endless. Sliced peppers would be good. Sautéed pepper and onions would be divine. If you want a good sour cream substitute, try plain greek yogurt.
These nachos totally hit the spot for me. I hope you like them too!!
Yesterday, my mom, Kyle, and I decided to explore one of the parks in Rochester. We googled Rochester parks and found about 20 to chose from. I love this place! We decided to venture over to Quarry Hill Nature Center after we read their website which boasted trails, butterfly gardens, ponds, fishing, and bird watching.
It was the perfect day. Sunny and breezy, warm but not too hot, a bright blue sky- just spectacular.
We hiked along the trails for about an hour and only got lost
once twice 😉
Today is a little more cloudy and has given me the perfect excuse to drag my mom to Hobby Lobby to pick out more home decor! I will be posting lots of house pictures as soon as we get it all together!!
Hope you’re all having a stellar Monday 🙂