Recipes From the Heart {Veggie Nachos}

Veggie Nacho Recipe My dear friend, Kim, from Cravings of a Lunatic, lost her mom to heart disease 29 years ago and in memory, she often shares stories of her mom on the anniversary of her death. This year, she decided to team up with Jen from Juanita’s Cocina to create a blogging event to help raise awareness and support those who have been effected by heart disease. Because of this, the blogger event, Recipes From the Heart was born.

I’m sure if you ask around, there isn’t a single person you know who hasn’t, in some way, shape or form been touched by heart disease. Even still, how has that changed your lifestyle? Do you try to stick to a healthier diet? Do you exercise more often to help keep your heart in shape? What is one way you are working to keep heart disease at bay?

Last year I began running… not because I actually liked running, but because I know I want to be around for my kids for a long time and knew that regular exercise was a great way to start taking care of myself. We also have tried to incorporate more vegetables into our diets. I don’t necessarily cook diet food (as you can tell from this recipe) but I do have a tendency to put extra nutrition into recipes we know and love. Every little bit helps.

According to recent statistics, Heart Disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States with over 600,000 deaths per year. That’s a huge number. I think it’s important that we all take a look to see how we can change this number… it is in our hands. How will you change your lifestyle so you don’t become a statistic. It’s something to definitley think about.

I hope you’ll click through the Recipes From the Heart links below so you can read the stories of my fellow bloggers. We’ve all been touched in some way… let’s do something to change it.

Recipes From the Heart Participants:

Spicy Oven Fries by Cravings of a Lunatic

Healthy Snacking with Radish Dip by Juanita’s Cocina

Arugula, Walnut Pesto by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Farro, Apple & Pecan Salad by It’s Yummilicious

Chicken-Quinoa Burgers with an Avocado Yogurt Sauce by The Spiffy Cookie

Pasta House Wilted Salad by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Gooey Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars by The Cooking Actress

Dark Chocolate Covered Walnuts by All Day I Dream About Food

Mini Pear Walnut Crisps with Blood Orange Caramel Sauce by Chocolate Moosey

Kung Pao Chicken Tacos by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

Honey Soy Glazed Salmon by Curry and Comfort

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad by Magnolia Days

Broiled Salmon Gyros with Cucumber Feta Yogurt Dip by Damn Delicious

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Make-Ahead Chocolate Oatmeal by Crumb

Hoisin Flounder by Taking on Magazines

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Veggie Nachos by Dine & Dish

Cheesy Quinoa and Asparagus Bake by Hungry Couple

Ahi Tuna Salad by Noshing with the Nolands

Canapes of Apricot, Goat Cheese, Almonds and Rosemary by Cook the Story

Thai Chicken Soup by From Cupcakes to Caviar
Italian Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf by Rachel Cooks

Black Bean Quesadillas by Pastry Chef Online

Sautéed Rataouille with Quinoa by Whipped

Polenta Rounds with Apples and Cheddar by Diethood

Veggie Packed Nachos
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Give nachos a nutritious boost by packing on the veggies.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Bushs' Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2½ quarts water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 medium brunch broccoli, broken into small florets
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 8 ounces bite sized tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded, reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  1. In a skillet, cook ground turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add kidney beans and warm through. Add ¾ cup water and taco seasoning. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring remaining water to a boil. Add broccoli and cauliflower. Cook for 2 minutes; drain.
  3. Place chips in a shallow, ovenproof dish. Top with turkey and bean mixture, broccoli and cauliflower. In a bowl, combine shredded cheese and red peppers. Sprinkle over vegetables. Top with olives.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until heated through.

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  1. says

    Reading all these posts one after another certainly does make me come face to face with taking my health–heart and otherwise–seriously. My husband’s company has a program you can enter that rewards you for exercising and getting healthier by lowering our insurance premiums. We’ve just decided to enter that program. Quite an incentive, both monetary and health-wise.

    I love how much nutrition you were able to pack into these nachos, Kristen! Yum!

  2. says

    These look so good they almost don’t even seem real! I think I could totally bribe my family to eat veggies if I served these! 😉

    Thank you so much for supporting such a worthy group!

  3. says

    First of all thank you so much for participating with us today. It really means so much to me to have you take the time to do this.

    Secondly I may have laughed my head off at the running comment. I could not help myself, it was priceless and so true right. So many of us do it for that reason.

    Huge thanks and hugs from me to you today. xx

  4. says

    I’ve never thought of piling on so many delicious veggies on my nachos! YUM!!!! I could easily eat the whole dish!!!

  5. says

    What a fun take on nachos, Kristen…and for such a good cause. My family has been the victim of heart disease (both of my grandfathers). If they were still here, I would certainly introduce them to your nachos.

  6. says

    Every little bit DEFINITELY helps and these are such a great alternative to regular nachos! I bet I could even convince the.boy to be down with eating these in front of a football/basketball/insert random sport.

  7. says

    Wow – I am loving all of these posts today about heart health.

    And Kristen, this photo is seriously amazing!!! I love the idea of veggie nachos, and your photo makes me want to dive in STAT! :)


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