Happy-Thanksgiving

I’m taking a little break. But don’t worry I’ll be back soon. Erin Dishes Nutrition is getting a makeover! I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to unveil it to you. But it’s just not ready quite yet. So in the meantime, I may pop back up here and again but I’m busy concentrating on making some exciting new changes!

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Build Your Own Nachos for National Nacho Day!

It’s nacho typical Sunday.

Oh, I just couldn’t help myself with that one. Yup folks, that’s right. It’s National Nacho Day!

So what do you think of when you hear nachos? Probably a heaping pile of chips loaded with melted cheese, and probably some sort of meat topped off with sour cream, right? Well guess what? Today I’m making over your nachos. 

Believe it or not, we have nachos for dinner quite often. But it’s definitely not the nachos I described above. And it’s more of a DIY or a Build Your Own Nachos. It’s got your basic nacho ingredients for the most part. I will admit that it is lacking the whole artificial melting cheese factor. Why? Well as much as I love cheese, I’d rather save my cheese consumption for another time – when I can really enjoy some really good cheese, not artificial gooey stuff. Blech! But there’s a lot stuff going on here with these nachos, so you won’t miss it. 

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First there’s ground turkey seasoned up like taco meat, then of course there’s salsa. Instead of sour cream, I make Chipotle Yogurt Sauce. I also make “Refried” Beans which are not actually fried at all. And then of course there’s tortillas but not the chips you buy in the bag. I just get regular ole corn tortillas and stick them in the toaster oven until they’re crispy. Oh but wait- here’s the best part – all the vegetables! My standards are sliced green onions and shredded cabbage seasoned with lime. But I usually always have either diced red peppers or sometimes sliced radishes (or sometimes both!). That’s the beauty of this meal – you can add a bunch of your favorite veggies to pile on your nachos! (Am I the only one who gets excited about that?!)

Anyway, by using ground turkey and omitting the cheese and sour cream, this dish is much lower in saturated fat than typical nachos. You’re also getting fiber from the beans and all those veggies. And in case you didn’t know, most Americans do not eat enough fiber (among other things). And in case you didn’t know, fiber can help you maintain and possibly lose weight as well as help lower your risk for certain conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Hmm, so how about that – let’s build some nachos then!

So the idea is simple – just break the chips into bite size pieces, pile on the goods, and there you have one perfect DIY nacho bite! 

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Happy National Nacho Day!  How do you like your nachos?

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Dishing Up Celeriac and Potato Mash

Celeriac. AKA celery root. Have you heard of it?

I know, I know – you’re probably thinking, celery again? Didn’t she just talk about celery? Well, yes – yes I did. But this isn’t celery! I mean take a look at it! Does that look like celery to you?

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Not even close! In fact, it’s a pretty darn ugly looking vegetable don’t ya think? In fact you might even say, it’s a scary looking (insert scary Halloween music). But don’t let it’s looks fool you. This ugly duckling tastes much better than it looks!

Okay, it’s obviously not celery – so what is it? Well, it is related to celery, but this vegetable is specially grown for it’s root, not the stalk or leaves like the celery we’re typically used to. It’s also related to parsnips, carrots and parsley. So I guess it makes sense then that it tastes like a cross between parsley and celery!

Once you get through it’s hairy exterior – yes I said hairy- the texture of this veg is similar to a potato. So it just made sense to me to make a mash – Celeriac and Potato Mash. I think this is a lighter, more grown-up  version of regular ole mashed potatoes. You still get the creaminess of a potato mash with just hints of parsley and celery in the background. Oh, and you’re not limited to cooking it – it tastes delicious raw too!

So don’t be intimidated by this ugly veg! And by-the-way , It’s super low in calories, and a good source of certain vitamins and minerals to help with bone and heart health. And you know what else? It’s Snoopy’s favorite vegetable! No not Snoppy the dog (although who knows!?) Snoopy the cat, my cat! He was very excited about this veg and couldn’t get enough. Check it out!

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Has any of your pets ever reacted to vegetables you brought home?

 

 

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