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Meow's Quick and Healthy Nachos for One (Vegetarian)





10 to 12 low-fat tortilla chips or
non-fat tortilla chips
1/2 cup frozen veggie crumbles (or frozen cooked lean ground beef, if you aren't vegetarian)
1/2 cup black beans or
refried black beans or
refried beans (fat free if you want)
2 tbsp. light cream cheese or
neufchatel cheese (Neufchatel tastes better!)
1 roma tomato, juice and seeds removed,diced
Hot sauce (to taste)
1/2 red onion or
white onion, diced (optional)
1 to 2 jalapeno, diced (optional)
1/2 to 1 green pepper or
red pepper, chopped (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup black olives or
green olives, sliced (optional)
Romaine lettuce, shredded,to taste (optional)
Sour cream, to taste (optional)
Salsa, to taste (optional)
Cumin, to taste (optional)
Kosher salt, to taste (optional)


Place chips and veggie crumbles in microwave-safe bowl. Heat until crumbles are thawed. Add black beans or refried beans and cream cheese. Heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Add optional toppings, and heat if desired, depending on kinds of optional toppings you add. Season with cumin and kosher salt to taste.

Author's Comments

I often make this (and endless variations) when I am tired or stressed, and want something that tastes "sinful." But this is not really sinful--I promise! This is a great creamy version of nachos, since cream cheese is included. Be warned that amounts are true approximations--I make this very much in a "dump" fashion and of course don't measure anything.

You may, of course, sub mozzarella or other cheese for the cream cheese. I just happen to keep Neufchatel on hand since it's lower in fat but doesn't taste like the fat has been removed. You could easily make this in the oven. Usually, I don't want to deal with preheating the oven when I'm desperate enough to resort to microwaves, so I usually don't use it.

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