Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Week 5 Bean Challenge: 1 Dinner a Week

I'm about a week off for posting on the bean challenge our family is having, so now is the time for me to make up for it!

Last week we had nachos for dinner, topped with kidney beans. I thought it might be kind of good, trying to make "mock Frito Pie" but it didn't work out the way I had hoped. I know chips aren't necessarily the ideal meal, but sometimes you only have a few minutes to get dinner on the table!

I put Trader Joe's corn chips and cheddar cheese together and topped it with red kidney beans. Then on the "adult" half I put tomatoes, onions, and red pepper and baked it in the oven. I decided to leave the veggies off of the kid's side and serve veggies raw like they prefer.

I served it with avocado, cucumbers and tomatoes. I thought the nachos were ho-hum. The kids liked them, they were mild enough.

Does anybody have any awesome "nacho tips"?


Rachel Koniar said...

Love your bean challenge! Beans are really underrated. Nachos are leftover dinners for us, as I cook up a huge pot from dried beans and freeze the rest. But here's how I do it:

1 onion fried in oil/butter till golden
3 C cooked beans (or two cans) add and mash
1 small tomato diced, mash that in too
1/4 t cumin
salt & hot pepper to taste

It makes for a nice blend of flavors. Then the bean are placed over chips/tortillas and toped with tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream.

Striving Green said...

Thanks for the tip Rachel. Sounds delicious!