Healthy nachos to ring in the new year!

Is losing weight or eating healthier on your list of new years resolutions? Has it been a resolution of yours before? Do you think you can stick with it this year? No really….

I see so many people motivated on January 1st and by February 1st they are back to their old habits. The reason it doesn’t work is because diets and unrealistic goals make it impossible to maintain. You have to make a lifestyle change, often times one thing at a time. You can not go from couch potato to iron man in a month – so stop trying! Try walking before getting right to running. Try cutting out sugar before you cut out meat and dairy.

One way to stick with it is finding healthy foods that don’t feel like you are depriving yourself. And how could you feel deprived when your eating nachos?? I found these meatless nachos/tacos from The Happy Herbivore cookbook that I just bought myself for Christmas and I’ve eaten them three times already! The meat substitute is TVP which stands for “textured vegetable protein”. It is a soy-based protein, low in fat, very easy to cook and tastes just like ground meat so the options for how to use it are endless. I like this meat substitute considerably more than seitan, tempeh and especially tofu – bleh!

Ingredients (suggested nacho/taco mixings)

  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Lettuce/spinach
  • Salsa
  • Optional – sour cream, avocado, tomato, tortilla chips, cheese, lime juice

Meat substitute

  • 1 cup of TVP
  • 3/4 cup of broth
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp onion flakes
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • hot sauce as desired


1. Combine TVP and broth
2. Once the TVP is reconstituted, add remaining ingredients
3. Stir to combine
4. Scoop TVP and place it on top of salad with desired mixings.


One response to “Healthy nachos to ring in the new year!

  1. Yummy! And you are so right about lifestyle change!

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