Just for fun, I thought I'd share one of our staple dinners with you. We had these at a restaurant downtown last summer and for months, Brad was begging me to make them for him. The only problem...I didn't really like them, plus they were super, super greasy and heavy. So I 'cleaned them up' a bit and voila, our new favorite (and healthy!) dinner: Irish Nachos!
First, I cut a combo of sweet and russet or red potatoes into thick cut 'fries'. Do whatever you like here, but I leave the peel on the regular potatoes, and peel the sweet potatoes.
Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl and toss until evenly coated with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and a bit of cumin. If you like spice, a touch of cayenne is nice too! Until my kids are older, spice is out:(
Spread evenly on a baking sheet and put into 425 degree oven to start baking. Meanwhile...
Start chopping your toppings that you want to bake for a bit. I like the peppers and onions to go in the oven for a little while, so that's what I cut up as the potatoes are starting to cook.
Pull the fries out and sprinkle with veggies and pop it right back in the oven.
Now, while everything is baking, I cut up my cold toppings, get the table set, and clean up!
That's one thing I love about this step by step dish...it keeps cooking while you work on the next part. It only takes about 30 minutes total, not bad for a quick, veggie packed weeknight meal!
For toppings, get creative! This time, I just used tomatoes and black olives, because that's what I remembered to buy at the store. Green onions are good, and avocado is a must, but mine wasn't ripe yet:( Whatever you like on nachos, go for it!
Last but not least, add meat (chicken is good...ground beef seasoned with homemade taco seasoning is reeeally good!), or make it a vegetarian meal and add some black beans...
Sprinkle with cheese, and put it back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
Top with whatever you prepared, plus sour cream and your favorite salsa, and enjoy!
By the way, my girls love this and eat them up! Any meal that gets them to happily and willingly eat lots of veggies, you can count on me making often! Plus, it makes for a very happy hubby:)
Here's a quick ingredient list:
Russet or red (or any kind, really) potatoes
Veggies of your choice...
Meat of your choice...