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Hey y’all!!! It’s been a minute since I wrote a blog entry! Some folks have been pestering me to get back to it, so here I go…

I have been working really hard the last few months and have lost 45 pounds. Maybe in a separate entry I’ll talk more about how I’m approaching this, because it’s pretty cool. Let’s just say I’m NOT on a diet and can eat whatever I want. Anyway, I am trying to make healthier choices and last nights choice was a healthy version of nachos!!! This California girl needs lots of Mexican food in her life!!!

I never do well losing weight when I deprive myself of foods I love, so I just get creative about how I can enjoy the flavors I love and make a dish somewhat healthier. With this dish I replaced the chips with halved mini bell peppers and used ground turkey for the meat. So this dish is great for a low carb diet, if that’s what you’re into.

Anyway, these were delicious!!! They satisfied that nacho craving and my family loved it!!! I’ll tell you how I topped them, but you can really top them with whatever nacho toppings you crave. Enjoy!!!

Healthy Nachos

1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken

1 packet taco seasoning mix

1/4 cup water

1 – 16 oz can of whole black beans (rinsed – this reduces the amount of sodium)

10-12 mini bell peppers, stemmed and halved

2 cups grated cheese (I used our favorite, pepper jack. It melts so nice!)

1 small can of sliced black olives

1 fresh jalapeño, stemmed and sliced

1/3 cup sliced green onions

Sour cream

Guacamole

Salsa

Preheat you oven to 400 degrees. Over med heat, brown your turkey or chicken and then add taco seasoning mix and 1/4 cup water. Stir. Next add the rinsed black beans. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer. Next lay your halved mini bell peppers out on a greased baking sheet. Put them close together, so they will catch all the toppings. Spoon the meat/bean mixture over the peppers. Top with cheese, jalapeños and olives. Bake in the 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Top with remaining toppings and serve!

Hope you enjoy them!