Healthy Nachos Recipe

Healthy Nachos Recipe

Henry has become so active and mobile lately that it’s making multitasking slightly more difficult. However, he loves to crawl around the kitchen so when I’m trying to make dinner or bake some muffins, I’ll just set him down with a few toys and let him go crazy.

He loves to watch his furry brothers from the window or through the gate and is interested in every door I open (e.g. fridge, pantry, cabinet, oven(!!), dishwasher…). It’s hilarious to hear him shuffling behind me when I move from one thing to another, trying to get his hands on something before I shut the door.

If I can’t put him on the floor, I’ll set him in his high chair with a snack…can you think of any food that brings you as much joy as strawberries do for Henry??

The other afternoon, Henry and I spent a good deal of time playing outside on a blanket. My child was surrounded by toys, but the only thing he was really interested in was pulling clumps of grass out of the ground and making a pile of them on the blanket…such a boy.

Yesterday we tried out the childcare at our local YMCA for the first time…that was an epic failure. Did I mention Henry is in full blown “mommy mode”? If it wasn’t such an awful, heartbreaking sound it would almost be impressive how much noise can come out of such a small person and how dedicated he is to screaming until I pick him up. The sweet women at the Y gave it their best shot, but he simply refused to be pacified. I was able to get in about 15 minutes of treadmill sprints before they grabbed me, which was better than nothing! So I grabbed the Ergobaby carrier from the car and we walked around the track for 45 minutes instead.

“Healthy” Nachos

I had been craving nachos for several days, so last night we had a healthified version! (Yes, healthified is a word…..) I replaced the chips with sliced sweet potato, topped that with an assortment of roasted veggies, shredded chicken, and cheese. Then topped it all with low cal guacamole, greek yogurt, and/or salsa. It was DELICIOUS! I already want it again.

Here’s a more detailed description:

Sweet Potato Nachos


  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced
  • ½ head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into thin 2” pieces
  • ½ green pepper, sliced
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 onion, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Optional Toppings – salsa, guacamole, greek yogurt, beans, olives, etc.


Earlier in the day, I baked two chicken breasts at 350F for 30 min. I shredded the chicken, mixed in some BBQ sauce, and stored in the refrigerator. I also cut up and combined all vegetables ahead of time during one of Henry’s naps. When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 425F. Spray two sheets with oil. Scatter mixed veggies on one and spread the sweet potato slices evenly on the other. Lightly spray (or drizzle) over both with oil again. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste and place both sheets in oven for ~30-40 min. Once roasted to desired consistency, spread veggies over potatoes, sprinkle cheese over top, scatter shredded chicken, and place back in oven. Remove once cheese melts (~3-5 min). Dish out nachos and serve with desired toppings. Enjoy! 2015-2016