Satisfy a Craving During this Pandemic: Nachos!

April 15, 2020

If we’re doing anything during this pandemic, it’s mostly staying responsible enough to shower daily, put pants on, and not fall off the wagon by eating like a fool. So, when your husband or wife ask for Nachos for dinner, your gut says “OH yes! All of the chips!” But your brain said “are you serious, you don’t need that?!”

Now, we are not saying having a “fun” meal isn’t warranted every now and again. However, remember to weigh your options, think of the potential setbacks and then decide “Is this really worth it to me right now?”

It’s important to recognize how altering the portions of some foods can make it more calorically efficient without having to sacrifice flavor or satisfaction. Think of what component of the meal you’re really looking forward to and work around that. If you are craving chips, but don’t want to make tortilla chips the base of the meal. Try cauliflower.  If you’re not familiar, cauliflower rice is a good base to use for a lot of meals because it takes on the flavor of the specific seasonings you’re using. And because it’s not a high-calorie food, you can eat a decent amount of it without feeling guilty.

Once the base of the meal is figured out, the rest is easy.

Below are the steps as well as a full ingredients list.  Feel free to get more creative though!

Ingredients: This makes 2 servings of “nacho” dip w/chips

– 16oz Lean ground turkey (you could also use ground beef or ground chicken.)

  • 1 packet taco Seasoning
  • 1 12oz bag of cauliflower rice
  • 56g Tortilla Chips
  • 30ml Salsa
  • 28g Shredded cheese
  • 80g Avocado


  1. Brown ground turkey in a skillet
  2. Drain any excess grease, return to pan
  3. Add taco seasoning packet and 3/4 cup water to the skillet
  4. Mix seasoning with meat and simmer for 5 minutes
  5. While meat is simmering, thaw cauliflower rice in the microwave for 5 minutes
  6. Dice up avocado chunks
  7. Measure out the desired amount of cauliflower rice, ground meat, cheese, salsa, and avocado
  8. Mix all ingredients together
  9. Measure out the desired amount of tortilla chips
  10. Dip, eat, enjoy!

1 serving of my “Nacho” dip w/chips

  • 25 grams of protein
  • 34 grams of carbohydrates
  • 24 grams of fat
  • 452 calories

1 serving of traditional nachos with cheese

  • 38 grams of protein
  • 100 grams of carbohydrates
  • 59 grams of fat
  • 1,083 calories

Satisfying cravings without eating too many calories can be a challenge. But with a well thought out plan that makes sense, you can make it happen. Give this a try!



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