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Recipe of the Week: Nachos

This versatile recipe is a crowd pleaser, regardless of the age of your crowd. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute go-to for the Super Bowl this weekend, or a simple weeknight dinner for yourself or your family, the combinations are endless (and let’s face it, who can resist melted cheese?).

I love getting my kids involved with cooking and it doesn’t get much easier or more exciting than literally throwing food on top of a bed of tortilla chips. One of the best parts about getting kids in the kitchen is that they taste along the way and many times try a food that they probably otherwise wouldn’t touch.

We start tossing by tossing on protein, either meat, chicken, beans, or a combo, and then add on shredded cheese and salsa. After baking for ~8 minutes at 350 degrees to melt the cheese we top with chopped tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream and avocado. Nachos are easy to customize- if someone wants more or fewer ingredients it’s easy to make part of the tray specific to their liking. What are your favorite combos?

Kitchen Tip: Pitting Avocados

With the Super Bowl just a few hours away, many of you have avocados sitting on your counter that are waiting to be turned into guacamole. You’ve probably also seen videos or heard from your friends about how to “professionally” remove an avocado pit in three easy steps:

1. Slice the avocado in half lengthwise

2. Take your knife and slam the blade into the pit

3. Twist the knife and remove the pit

How do you avoid a game-changing mishap if in step #2 if you’re holding the avocado and the blade misses the pit?   Leave the half of the avocado with the pit on the counter and then proceed as above. Or, scoop out the pit with a spoon. Then there is a 99.9% probability that you’ll be enjoying the game instead of taking a surprise trip to the emergency room.

Did You Know… Avocado

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Avocados can be used for more than guacamole at a Super Bowl party.  Look for avocados with brown leathery skin whose flesh gives slightly under pressure.  Here are some facts and serving suggestions for this versatile fruit.

  • 1/5 of an avocado (2 Tbsp/ 2-3 thin slices) contains 50 calories, no cholesterol, no sodium and almost 20 vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, potassium and folate
  • This same serving size provides 81 micrograms of lutein, which research suggests may contribute to eye health
  • Avocados contain primarily monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are better for you than saturated fat

Serving suggestions (other than guacamole):