Healthy Corn-Free Nachos

When I found out I was allergic to corn, nachos are one of the things I had to let go. Last week, I decided it was time to work on a new version. I also received a gift at Christmas from my sister of Fresco Spice Blends, so I tried out the Sweet Red Bell Pepper and Garlic Spice Blend and it turned out delicious!

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To recreate my creation, start with placing olive oil over the bottom a skillet and placing the chicken in it. Then coat the top of each piece of chicken with a mix of the fresco blend, ground cumin, and a dash of red cayenne pepper. Flip the chicken to the other side and spice up that side with the same combination.

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While the chicken finishes cooking, spray a cookie sheet then place a bag of veggie chips (I used Trader Joe’s) on a cookie sheet and dice up vegetables. Once chicken is done, add zucchini and onions and saute for five minutes.

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Upon completion, place the chicken and veggies that have sautéed on top of the chips.  Add other veggies, if desired. Optional, top veggies with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350° F. For serving, I had peach salsa and guacamole. It was scrumptious!

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Healthy Corn-Free Nachos
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Gluten-free, corn-free chips of your choosing (I like <a href=”http://www.terrachips.com/”Terra Chips</a>)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Fresco Spice Blends Sweet Red Bell Pepper and Garlic Blend
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Guacamole, as desired
  • Salsa, as desired
  • Colby Jack Cheese, as desired
  • Sour cream, as desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the veggie chips on the paper and spread them out like you would nachos. Set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken into cubes or strips. Season with Fresco Spice Blend, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Heat a glug of olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. Return the sauce pan to the stove and add another splash of oil. Add onion, peppers and zucchini. Cook for 5-8 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  5. Turn of the stove and transfer the sauteed vegetables to the bowl with the chicken.
  6. Once the oven is preheated, top the veggies chips with the chicken and veggie mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. If desired, turn on the broiler.
  7. Transfer the chips, once they’re ready, to a big plate. Serve with guacamole, salsa, additional cheese and/or sour cream, as desired.
  8. Share and enjoy!

Winter Soup and Salad Selection

Who doesn’t love a good soup and salad, especially when it’s chilly outside? I was desperate to find an alternative to Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar soup. Being dairy free, it makes me miss certain pleasures like this recipe. Every time, I go to Panera Bread with my boyfriend and he always gets this soup. My mouth waters and I was tired of wanting it despite my allergy. So I said, I want it. I made it friendly-and healthier-recipe for you to try!

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The Gluten-free Diet: Myth or a Real Concern?

The gluten-free diet has taken hold of our nation at an alarming rate in recent years. For conventional physicians, if you do not have Celiac disease, you can eat gluten and stop listening to your friends. Recent media news and late night show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel have even bantered people for following a gluten-free diet by associating it with another fad diet. But are their symptoms really a placebo effect?

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First, what is gluten?

Sorry the Jimmy Kimmel clip above didn’t answer this for you. Gluten is a protein made from glutenin and gliadin found in barley, rye, and wheat plants. Our bodies need protein, and the building blocks for making proteins called amino acids, both non-essential (made by our bodies) and essential (ones our body cannot make and need to be consumed from our diet). However, in the last 30 years the way crops are grown have changed drastically, and maybe not for the better. The herbicides and pesticides have been extremely effective for increasing crop yield making farmers very happy. Continue reading “The Gluten-free Diet: Myth or a Real Concern?”

Healthy Halloween Candy Corn Smoothie

I love the fall (so does everyone else on the Anchor Drop team, if you couldn’t tell!). Perfect weather, amazing produce and seasonally themed treats and holidays, it’s the perfect transition from hot summer nights to cold winter days (too soon – they’ll be here too soon!).

While Halloween has come and gone, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share one of my new favorite recipes with everyone. Disclaimer: I am the community manager for Lifeway Foods (Lifeway Kefir) and one of my jobs is recipe development. This recipe was originally developed by our team and published on Lifeway’s website here. You can also find it here. I take no credit for it!

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When someone tells you to try their Candy Corn smoothie, what would your first inclination as to its flavors be? Likely you would think it to be sickeningly sweet and kind of terrible (I did). But it isn’t. Not this smoothie, oh no. Continue reading “Healthy Halloween Candy Corn Smoothie”

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