The big day is almost here!
This is the epitome of the term “Sunday Funday”, right? Friends, football, food – the most important 3 “F” words you need for game day.
To be honest, I am not interested in anything other than the food, commercials, and halftime show this year. (Hello… Justin Timberlake is performing!) Well ok, that is pretty much all I am interested in every year.
I have to say, I think my friends are always a little hesitant to invite me to their potluck parties.
They just assume the dietitian friend is going to judge their food choices and bring a dish with kale and chickpeas. While I do love kale and chickpeas, I believe its important to eat a little of everything in moderation. And I am all about living in that judgment-free zone when it comes to other people’s food choices.
Who wouldn’t want to invite me to their game day party? Especially when I whip up a delicious game day dish you wouldn’t even know is good for you!
With that being said, when I think of game watching food, I always think of nachos. Who doesn’t love nachos? While I am forever a fan of crispy tortilla chips topped with cheese and an endless list of delicious toppings, I have to share a healthy version of nachos that I absolutely love! You would never know it’s loaded with vitamin A and fiber by the looks of it.
Serve as an appetizer at your game day party or add chicken or beef for added protein and eat this goodness as dinner!
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick rounds and then halved
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup black beans, rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chopped chilies
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, quartered
- ½ cup red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add sweet potatoes and season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.
- Transfer to a pre-greased baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are softened.
- While the sweet potatoes are baking in the oven, combine Greek yogurt, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, garlic powder, and chili powder in a small mixing bowl. Stir well.
- When sweet potatoes are done, add the cheese, beans, green chilies, and peppers. Continue baking until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with tomatoes, green onions, avocado, sour cream mixture, and cilantro
- For added protein, add shredded cooked chicken, or taco-seasoned ground beef.
This recipe and post were submitted by guest contributor Carrie Moody. Carrie is a registered dietitian and fitness instructor. Check out more of Carrie’s delicious and healthy recipes at on Instagram @fitbalancenutrition_rd .