Sweet Potato Nachos

First of all I apologize for the lack of posting these last few weeks, life got busy and I failed to take the time to sit down and write a post. I did, however, manage to take some photos of my meals so that I could share some of the recipes I have experimented with.

I have had a whirlwind of a week since Kate (who is basically my sister) came to Ontario for a visit. The week included a Blue Jays game, a few birthdays (including mine), fireworks and a very special family visit to name a few. To top the whole week off, I tasted my first ever watermelon cake. The recipe can be found here.

Last night for dinner Kate shared her recipe for Sweet Potato Nachos…sounds delicious right? Well you’re right, they were amazing and definitely healthier than your average nachos. Similar to nachos you can pick which toppings you would prefer, we choose black beans, tomatoes, avocado, green pepper, green onion, cilantro, goats cheese and salsa for the side.

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The trick to these nachos is you need to bake the sweet potato before, it is easier if they are very thin. That way they will crisp to the perfect chip. Also, it is recommended you bake the chips first and then you add your toppings afterwards, due to the time it takes to bake the sweet potato.

These are that perfect combination of a healthy snack and sweet treat you have been looking for!

Enjoy!

Mackenzy 

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Sweet Potatoes (as many as you like, depending on crowd of people)

Black beans

Tomatoes

Avocado

Green Onion

Green Pepper

Cilantro

Goats Cheese

Salsa

** Please note these toppings are only suggestions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, slice the sweet potato very thin and bake until cooked throughly or crispy, depends on your personal preference. Add sweet potato to your plates and add the toppings of choice. It is recommended to eat with a fork and knife, things can get pretty messy!

 

My Big Fat Greek Dinner

Ah yes, tis the season for a big old BBQ and dinner on the back deck. Luckily the long weekend was able to provide that for us all to enjoy. I mean it could have been warmer but I try not to be negative. I will admit I love the smell when you are walking down the street or sitting on your own back deck and you can get the subtle smell of your neighbours BBQ. There is absolutely nothing better.

To me the long weekend has always been spent at my cottage, my family always using this weekend as “opening weekend”. Ultimately this means bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, grab some work gloves and rubber boots because there is work to be done. As much fun as this sounds, it really makes for some great memories with the family and we all look forward to it every year.

I have always been a lover of Greek food, I think I can thank my mom for that, since I was a kid she has been making her traditional Greek salad (recipe below). It wasn’t until last year when she finally shared the secret recipe to making this salad. I kid you not, I struggle getting a Greek salad at a restaurant after having my moms for so long.

 

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Trust me when I say this, you will require a breath mint after this meal, there can never be enough garlic in one meal.

Enjoy!

Mackenzy

 

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Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken, chopped in strips

1 tbsp Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dried oregano

Add all ingredients to a bowl or bag and let marinade.

You can either BBQ, bake or pan fry the chicken. When I cooked it recently I baked it and it was delicious.

 

Greek Potatoes

Potatoes, washed and chopped into cubes

Dried Oregano

4 garlic cloves, minced

Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place chopped potatoes into pan, drizzle olive oil over potatoes, sprinkle oregano to lightly cover top of potatoes, add minced garlic to the mixture and toss around.

Cook until a fork easily goes into a potato.

Greek Salad

My Mom’s Traditional Recipe 

Peppers, different colours, chopped in large pieces

Red onion, chopped in large pieces

Cucumber, chopped in halves

Tomato, chopped in large pieces

Black olives

Feta

Dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

Oregano, sprinkled lightly on top of dressing mixture

Add all vegetables to bowl.

Mix up dressing and add to salad and toss.

The longer it sits the better.

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup of greek yogurt

Half a cucumber, chopped very fine (or grated)

A handful of fresh dill, minced

The juice of half of a lemon

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for a couple of hours prior to the meal.

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Not The Ideal First Date Meal

In lieu of all of the Valentine’s Day festivities, food plays a big part in the celebration, I specifically love a good heart-shaped pizza on Valentine’s. It has been an on going tradition for the past five years, however this year we (Karen, Emily & I) went to Al Dente’s  for our favourite gluten-free roasted vegetable and goat cheese pizza. We added in a slice of peanut butter chocolate cheesecake because well we couldn’t resist the temptation, and we had a good excuse being Valentine’s!

Tonight I was feeling especially crafty, since we just purchased a mandolin, I thought I would attempt to make vegetable sushi. Starting out with a thinly sliced cucumber (that will be the outside shell), then I thinly sliced up red & green peppers, red onion, carrot, avocado, and cilantro (these were all the toppings that went inside). The sauces were also a staple to the sushi so I used hummus, a hoisin sauce dressing, and soya sauce. Altogether these rolls were unbelievably delicious and so light, you could eat 5 without feeling guilty.

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I think the trick is to add a layer of hummus on the cucumber prior to adding the vegetables and then line up the vegetables on top of the hummus. I then drizzled the hoisin dressing and soya sauce on top of the vegetables so that the dressing was infused in the roll. Then roll it up slowly so that the toppings all stay in place.

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These rolls would not be the ideal first date meal, however they definitely should be a top choice! They tend to get a little bit messy and all over your face, but at least they are SO yummy! And yes, they are as good as they look!

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Happy Rolling!

Enjoy!

Mackenzy 

Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Cucumber

Red Pepper

Green Pepper

Red Onion

Carrot

Cilantro

Avocado

Hummus

Hoisin Sauce & Lemon Juice (combined)

Soya Sauce

* The amounts will all be based on how many rolls you wish to make.