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Loaded Chicken Nachos

Score a touchdown with this healthier adaptation of a game day classic! By choosing healthy, fresh ingredients, you can create a lighter version that is satisfying and delicious. Get creative by using fresh, high-protein, low-fat and low-sodium toppings your family and friends will love.

Cooked ingredients:

Tortilla chips – look for multigrain, low sodium varieties.
Low fat shredded cheese – Mexican cheese blend or a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella.
Low sodium beans, rinsed, drained, and patted dry. Kidney beans were used in this recipe, but black beans and pinto beans are excellent substitutes.
Red onion, finely diced.
Low sodium canned black olives, sliced.
Fresh jalapeños, sliced.
Cooked, shredded chicken – if you like it spicy, toss the chicken with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Remember, a little goes a long way towards adding flavor. Too much will add unwanted sodium.
Consider adding extra vegetables like corn kernels or diced bell peppers.
Shredded chicken.
Shredded chicken.
Chips and cheese on left, black olives, jalapeños, tomato, red onion and avocado on right.
Chips and cheese on left, black olives, jalapeños, tomato, red onion and avocado on right.

Cold ingredients (added after cooking):

Tomato, diced.
Avocado, diced and tossed in lime juice to prevent browning.
Cilantro, washed, stalks removed, leaves chopped.
Low fat Greek yogurt – a delicious high protein, low fat alternative to sour cream.
Low sodium salsa.
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Tomato, avocado, cilantro, lime, jalapeño, black olives, kidney beans and red onion.

Directions:

Make sure oven rack is centered in your oven.
Preheat broiler on high.
Place a single layer of chips in a casserole dish (if preparing for a crowd, use a baking sheet).
Sprinkle with your choice of cheese.
Scatter toppings to be cooked over chips.
Broil for a few minutes, keeping a close watch, until cheese is melted and chip edges are just starting to brown.
Remove from oven and garnish with cold ingredients.
Serve with Greek yogurt and low sodium salsa.
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Ready for the oven.
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Tomato, cilantro, avocado and Greek yogurt added.

Enjoy the game and remember, keep moving!

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